Privacy Window Film

2 Materials
30 Minutes
My youngest has Down Syndrome and that comes with some OCD issues. He refuses to have curtains in his window. I have tried everything I could think of from heavy duty rods to sheets directly nailed into the wall. I hung a blanket outside but that comes with two issues. One, I can't open it from inside and two, eventually it will fall off due to weather damage. I saw posts using gallery glass as finger paint it was a fantastic idea but he wouldn't leave it alone long enough to dry. One day while browsing amazon I saw this privacy film. It was a cost effective solution to my problem. During the day it lets in the light and at night you can't see in.
Here is what you will need. Privacy film, water with a drop of soap, something to press the bubbles out, (I used my pampered chef scraper) tape and something to cut with. (Exacto knife and scissors).
I removed the slider window and after cleaning it well I laid it on the bed and taped one edge of the film to the window. Trim the other sides to fit.
For the part of the window that doesn't come out, clean it well and tape the film in place.
Once taped in place cut it with your preferred method. Razor or scissors
Mist the window with the soapy water.
Peel the clear backing from the privacy film. I read that a piece of tape on the front and another on the back helps. I didn't find that to be the case. I used the tip of the exacto knife to separate the backing.
Stick the film to the window and start to peel off the backing
Use a rag to press the film to the window and get out as many bubbles as you can. Use the rag to absorb the water that squishes out.
Now use your object to squish out any remaining bubbles. You can use a credit card or club card as well.
There is a bubble you need good lighting to see them all. be careful to not stretch the film too much this is vinyl and it will stretch. I had to do a little bit of trimming when I was done.
Drying up the soapy water that comes out.
And there you have it. So far he has not discovered that it can be peeled off.
I woke up early one morning to see that the film makes pretty rainbows on his wall.
Gratuitous kitty pic. He enjoyed playing with the crinkle stuff that was the backing.
I had just enough film left over to do the kitchen window. Now I don't have to see all the junk out on the covered patio.

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  • Gin Lewis Gin Lewis on Mar 28, 2018

    Can u send the instructions to my message pls.

    I love this project.


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  • Wendy Wendy on Mar 25, 2018

    How cool, love that!

    • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Mar 25, 2018

      Thanks. they have different versions. I almost got the ones that look like little tiles. Mosaic looking squares. Then I saw this one and had to have it.

  • Valerie Valerie on Jan 14, 2019

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thank you for this great idea. I won’t be doing this on a window. I’ll be using this to cover two glass doors on a cabinet that I don’t want to see into.

    • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Jan 14, 2019

      I have seen it done that way too. My grandmother made curtains inside a built in china cabinet in her mobile home she uses it as a pantry and doesn't think food stuff should be seen. Come back and post pics of your end project