How to Transform Your Bathroom Window With a Pretty Privacy Screen

by Kelly-n-Tony
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When we did our bathroom makeover, I wanted to transform the bathroom window. It needed to give some privacy but also let air in during the summer. So, we came up with a pretty dove design and made a DIY privacy screen for the bathroom window.

Before the bathroom window transformation

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

Ginger Dive screen panel

1. Find a screen panel

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.

Making a frame for the screen

2. Make a 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.

Verifying the groove fits

3. Verify the groove fits

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

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

Making pocket holes for screws

4. Make pocket holes for screws

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

Laying frame onto the screen

5. Lay your frame onto the screen

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

Marking the frame's inner edge

6. Mark the first line

Pencil a line all the way around your frame's inner edge.

Marking where to cut the screen

Marking the second line

7. Mark the second line

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

Two lines for cutting the screen panel

Now you have two lines. The outer line is your cut line.

Cutting the screen to size

8. 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.

Verifying the fit of the screen

9. Verify the fit

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

Painting the frame

10. Paint the frame

Remove the inner panel and paint the frame.

Assembling the DIY privacy screen

11. 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 and then touch them up with paint.

Attaching the hinges

12. Attach hinges

Attach your hinges to the frame and window.

DIY bathroom window privacy screen

DIY bathroom window privacy screen

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 and also at Home Depot for about $35. The design is Ginger Dove by Acurio Latticeworks.

Bathroom window transformation

I'm loving the look and the birds are so cute in my bathroom, which has other bird features. Let me know what you think of this bathroom window transformation in the comments below.

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  • Pmiguel3 Pmiguel3 on Dec 09, 2022

    It is beautiful and I like it, but is it right above your commode? If so, does it really give you privacy? Not meant in a negative way, I have a window similarly placed and neighbors that are often outside. 😊

  • Carolyn French Johnson Carolyn French Johnson on Dec 16, 2022

    The privacy issue can be cured with vinyl stick on frosted glass paper. It’s available at home improvement stores in rolls. Place it right on the glass & have forever privacy and still have the light shining in the bathroom. I love the screen. Good job! I will be coping your idea in my master bath for sure!

  • Andreacaa Andreacaa on Apr 09, 2024

    Love this

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  • Cha101791165 Cha101791165 on Mar 31, 2024

    I think that is a brilliant idea, though I don't need privacy as I look out on sheep and horses. However I will bear it in mind for the future and spread the word. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Debbie Debbie on Apr 09, 2024

    Love this idea .