Privacy Glass Using Contact Paper

Julien K., Hometalk Team
by Julien K., Hometalk Team
3 Materials
1 Hour
Do you have windows or doors in your home that you want to make a little more private? In my home office, I have two glass doors that lead into our backyard - the only problem? They also lead my neighbors eyes in as well. As a renter, I can't buy new doors and don't want to invest in heavy duty window coverings, so I came up with a solution. Using budget-friendly contact paper, I created a simple stick-on frosted glass method that is tasteful and completely removable upon move-out! Be sure to check out other DIY home office projects!

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This is a 'before' shot of my french doors. Hello, backyard neighbors!

Step 1: Measure.

Take out your tape measure or ruler and measure the glass surface area that you will be covering.

Step 2: Cut out your shapes.

Once you have your dimensions, decide what shape or pattern you'd like to create for your frosted glass pieces. I decided to use a simple diamond shape, which is simple to cut and line-up accurately. For my window, I cut out several 6" x 6" squares. The contact adhesive paper is great, because on the backside there is a grid with measurements already laid out. I was able to cut my shapes out quickly by following their guidelines.

Step 3: Stick your pieces on.

After cleaning your window with glass cleaner, begin applying your contact paper pieces. I advise working from the bottom up if you are covering a large-scale door or window. Using a steady hand and a careful eye, peel off the backing of your contact paper and stick your pieces on one-by-one, lining them up as you go. For my design, I left approximately 1/2" in between each row of diamonds.

After applying all of your pieces carefully, you should end up with a fully covered glass window. To cover these two large-scale doors, it took me approximately two hours total.

I'm so thrilled with the results! Not only do I now have privacy in my home office, but it also prevents birds from flying into my windows AND looks pretty classy too! Be sure to check out some other awesome DIY home decor projects to spruce up the decor in your home!
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  • NotHermione NotHermione on Aug 18, 2020

    I tried this on single pane windows. The glue on the contact paper turned an ugly tannish-brown after 2-3 years. Some of the paper curled but couldn't be peeled off. I suspect that the problem was using this on single pane glass. Any ideas as to what went wrong ???

  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 15, 2022

    Hi Julien, I have seen similar done with just frosted contact paper. I used the frosted spray on windows in a condo I had. My question is have you checked looking into your windowed doors at night with a light on? I know with my spray frosted glass you could still see when someone was moving inside but it wasn't a total block so you still had to be careful. Great job btw :).

  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Jan 15, 2022

    Great job!

    For those of you asking where and how much? Just "Google" window privacy cling and an array of options will fill your screen.

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