For those of you who didn’t know, historic neighborhoods tend to be very.. cozy. Our house is literally 5 feet away from our neighbors to the right, and about 10 feet from the neighbors on the left. Luckily we have over 26 windows, which we love. But. Most of these windows are along the walls that look straight into our neighbor’s windows. The most awkward of which is the bathroom window. It’s not that bad during the day, but at night it’s basically a glowing fishbowl of teeth brushing and sprinting into the shower.
We have blinds on most of our windows, which works for us, but we didn’t want to really have blinds in the bathroom or kitchen because then we wouldn’t be able to open either set to let light in without A. being on display to the whole neighborhood or B. having to see unsightly junk in our neighbor’s side yard.
Let’s get a closer look.
I mean. No one wants to look at that while cooking. Or doing anything really. That being said, frosting the windows seemed to be the best option for us. Our front door is a craftsman style which is original to the house, but it also has windows which makes it really awkward when answering the door (or more importantly pretending like you’re not home).
To prep the windows we would be frosting, I first cleaned them with glass cleaner, and used a razor blade to scrape off any excess paint from previous sloppy painters. There was a LOT of paint to scrape. And neighborhood watch stickers. Because those keep you safe.
So much cleaner!
We had a roll of film leftover from our last window frosting adventure, and used the same method to apply the film. It was such a quick and easy process and made a huge transformation. Especially on our front door.
We also removed the screen door that was just hanging on by a thread. It didn’t even close all the way and it blocked our pretty craftsman door. Now all we need to do is repaint the exterior, decide on a color for the front door, and swap out the hardware and we’ll really be in business!
The bathroom has a lot more privacy now too, especially at night!
I’m still trying to find the perfect mirror to go above the sink. Right now we have to do the toothbrush tango. And I can only imagine what a pain it must be to shave in these conditions.
I plan to frost the back door as well, but I ran out of time (and film) this past weekend. It has a lot of extra elements (like a cat tapestry) that need to be taken care of before it can be frosted. Meow.