DIY Doves Bathroom Window Transformation

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When we did our bathroom makeover I wanted something different for this window. It needed to give some privacy but also let air in during the summer.

The Before Pic

This shows that there was a real need for privacy in this bathroom.

Pick your screen design- this is Ginger Dove

This is an amazing product sold as an outdoor decorative screen panel but sometimes used by others (like me!) in other ways. The panel measures 32" wide by 4' high and obviously doesn't fit my window as is so will need to be cut down.

Make a simple frame--

Cut 4 pieces of pine wood to fit the inside dimensions of the window minus 1/8" so the frame can open and shut.

Run the wood through the router to create the same depth groove on all 4 pieces.

We wanted a rounded edge so he routed the edge but this is optional.

Verify the groove fits

As you can see the screen panel is a nice thickness at about 0.25".

It's waterproof, can be painted and resists warping too. I really love this product!

Pocket Holes and screws

Create pocket holes with a kreg jig then screw the frame together

Lay your frame onto the panel

Align it to your liking. I wanted to avoid cutting the birds off so choose where to place the frame accordingly.

Mark the 1st line

Pencil a line all the way around your frames inner edge.

This is the 1st line

Mark the 2nd line

Because the frame has an inner groove mark a 2nd line which will be your cut line. Your measurement will be the depth of the groove in your frame.

Now you have two lines

The outer line is your cut line.

Cut to size

Using a fine tooth blade on the jigsaw and set at a slower speed carefully cut around the outer line you drew. Go Slow, take your time.

Verify the fit

Take one end of the frame apart to verify the fit by sliding the panel into place.

Paint the frame

Remove the inner panel and paint the frame.

Assemble and apply optional putty

Once the paint is dry slide the inner panel into the frame. You can glue it if you want to then screw the pieces together. If you want to you can also putty the corner pieces then touch up with paint.


Attach your hinges to the frame and window.

And it opens!

Here you can see we can open the privacy panel to open the window. The panel can then be shut and the breeze flows in. So nice!

The panel comes in white or black (or can be painted) and there are a variety of designs. You can find these panels on Amazon here and also Home Depot here for about $35. The design is Ginger Dove by Acurio Latticeworks.

And done!

I'm loving the look and the birds are so cute in my bathroom which has other bird features.

Also for those asking about the towel storage and swinging trash bin on the right that project can be found HERE!

And the other wall in this bathroom shows the vanity which can be seen HERE!

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  • Kristina Kristina on Aug 27, 2021

    Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Steve Steve on Sep 24, 2021

    This is such a creative idea! I love the design effect at the window. Very unique👍❤️

    Quick question though: how does it stay closed? I noticed the hinges on the right but you can maybe add closing hooks or a magnet of some sort on the other side. You wouldn't want the door flying open if the window's open and there's a good breeze outside.

    For larger windows, try hinging two frames together kind of like a bi-fold style

    Just some added tips for those who are considering this. I'm definitely going to try this out



  • Teresa Teresa on Sep 25, 2021

    I like your idea, but my window is in the shower. It has the privacy coating on it , but at night time you can see a person's silhouette. I have planted a plant outside the window and also have hung a cut down shower curtain. Any suggestions for what I could put there. I have thought of a resin shutter , but have a high price tag.


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  • Janice Janice on Oct 17, 2021

    I love this idea. I may try in the future but will do a double instead allowing for less space when opened ❤❤❤