I have this window next to my front door:
Yup, anyone and everyone can see straight to my back yard from this window. It’s the worst at night when our lights are on. You can see very clearly the contents of the inside of our home from the street as you drive by.
This. Drives. Me. Batty! I hate that everyone and their dog can see into my house. What if I’m not dressed?! What if it’s a potential burglar scoping out the place to burglarize us?! WHAT IF I’M NEKED?!!!!
So um, ya, I needed to fix this little issue.
I would LOVE a custom shutter, but for now my cheap @ss budget won’t allow for that. Actually, it will, but I have a laundry list the length of Santa’s Naughty List of things I need/want to buy, and a shutter ranks at about 1,042.
So I found a cheap solution thanks to my new IRL(!!!) friend, Sarah (we met at Blissdom).
Clear Covering Con-Tact paper.
(Just stay with me here, okay. I promise this will work!)
Step 1: Loosely cut out the size you need (I made mine about 1″ wider and longer than the window. Lay it on the floor and peel the paper off it so the sticky side is facing up.
Step 2: Liberally apply Windex to the sticky side of the Contact Paper. APPLY TONS, PEOPLE. The wetter the better (that’s what she said. Ewww.)
Step 3: Now go ahead and soak the heck out of the window as well with the Windex. (Don’t make me say my Michael Scott joke again.)
Step 4: Stick the wet Contact Paper to the wet window. Slide it around until you have it exactly where you want it. I lined up the top and right side of the Contact Paper to the edge of the window so that I’d only have two sides to trim instead of all 4.
Step 5: Stuff a towel at the base of the window. Now start carefully and slowly pushing the air bubbles and Windex to the edges of the Contact Paper.
I’m serious about the towels. You will be sorry if you skip this step!
Step 6: Once you have squeegeed all the bubbles and Windex from the window, use additional towels to wipe away any excess Windex. It’s now time to trim the excess edge off.
Step 7: For this step I got a razor blade (YES, I KNOW I spelled “RAZOR” wrong on my pictures, but thank-you anyway!) & a big spackling knife thingy. You don’t need a big spackling knife though. If you don’t have one, just use the edge of a metal ruler or something of the like.
Step 8: I crammed the huge flat knife against where I wanted to cut, and then cut carefully with the razor blade along the edge.
If you are careful you will end up with a nice perfect edge.
Step 9: Stand back and admire your work. And then strip down and run around the house naked.
The light still shines in, but the Peepin’ Toms stay OUT.
And here are two views: One with the porch light on & one with it off.
I’d say this project was a smashing success.
Funny side story: My little Yorkie likes to sit on the back of our couch like a cat. It’s the perfect look out post for him to see through the window next to the front door. He growls at any movement he sees, and when he sees a cat he flys off the couch, starts barking up a storm, runs to the window, & perches himself up on the sill like a guard dog. (Mind you he’s only 6 lbs.)
Our poor little neurotic dog. Since I put up the Contact paper he is just beside himself. He can’t stand that he can’t see out the window anymore! He’ll perch himself up on the couch for about 5 minutes, then he can’t stand it and will jump down, run into the piano room, check out the window in there, and if the coast is clear, he’ll run back into the family room and hop back up on the couch.
He does this all day long – every 5 to 10 minutes. In an effort to keep the entire block from seeing into our home, I’ve blocked his look-out post, and I may have to start giving him doggy xanax just to curb his anxiety (kidding, peeps, I’m kidding! No xanax for my dog, mmm-kay?!) How can he protect us from all the Ferrel Cats now? Of course, he loves people (and Peeping Tom’s!), but Ferrel Cats? He sees one of those and suddenly thinks he’s a Rottweiler.
Thanks, Sarah, for the awesome tutorial that I got my inspiration from! I’m strongly considering doing this to my bathroom window now as well. I want to “frost” everything in site!
And wouldn’t it be cute to cut out designs and stick them to mirrors and windows with this Contact Paper? I’m thinking huge snowflakes in the winter, or maybe a big Monogram “H” for the center of my mirror. The possibilities are endless!