My front door and side door have those horrible half circle windows at the top of them like so many homes in my area. Personally, I hate them but I’ve lived with them for almost eight years and I’ll live with them until I sell the house. The problem for me is that I don’t like when people can look in those windows when they are knocking on my door (creepy) and I don’t like the amount of sunlight that comes streaming in those windows since it fades items on the walls near the windows. So, I finally decided to diffuse the amount of sunlight that comes in (and provide a layer of privacy) by hanging some window film on the windows. I bought the plain etched glass film from Home Depot for this project ($20).
I’ve used window film in the dining room of my own home and also in my Mom’s apartment bathroom and store so I consider myself a pro at this now. Or you know, anyone can do it since it is so incredibly easy. I’m not going to spell out the instructions again since you can find them on my dining room post here, but here is the abbreviated version.
Remove the trim surrounding the window (not necessary for ‘normal’ windows or even for these but I was lazy and wanted a pattern) by simply removing the screws that hold it in place.
Use a squeegee tool or in my case since I couldn’t find my tool, a rag and a credit card, to smooth out the film on the glass to remove any air bubbles.
Reattach the window trim and you’re done.
It is a subtle change but I like that you can’t see the brass lines in the glass from the inside anymore – you just know that there are lines. I also covered the glass on the door that leads to the basement so now my potatoes won’t get too much sunlight since they hang right by the door (um, yeah, so I meant to do this back in August. Sue me).
Anyone else use window film? I love the stuff!