The Totally Free, All-Natural DIY Window Covering

012314-window-film-01I’ve been struggling a bit with how to cover the windows in the Dream House. Because the windows are so beautiful and since they’re such an integral part of the house’s design, I want to keep them as exposed as possible. However, we also want some privacy. Here in the entryway, for instance, there’s a window by the front door that faces the street. I love the light but I don’t like feeling like my house is wide open for all to see. I came up with a solution that honors the window, still allows in plenty of light and gives us privacy. Oh, and I did it all for free.

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I mean, just look at this window. I don’t want to cover up that beautiful zinc glass! But as you can also see, this window faces the street. And that means that when we’re ambling by in our underwear to feed a very insistent cat in the morning, well, let’s just say I’d prefer to have a little privacy here.

There’s still evidence of hardware from where a curtain used to hang on this window. I considered a curtain here but I didn’t want to lose the openness that the bare window lends to the entryway. That’s when I got the idea to use window film to create some privacy without adding any bulk to the window frame. I looked around for window film at the hardware stores but balked at the price. Having seen Manhattan Nest’s door project a couple of years ago, I was inspired to use old sheer curtain panels that came with the house to create my window covering. All it took was some corn starch, water and a lot of cutting and pasting!

Here’s how I did it:

With all of my materials prepped, it was almost time to get started on the window. But first I need to clean the window. In addition to using glass cleaner, I also scraped off some old dried paint flecks. I wanted the glass to be sparkling clean before I started applying a single drop of paste.

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Now, it was finally time to get started with the fun part. First, I brushed a thick layer of my corn starch paste directly onto the glass.

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Next, I placed my pre-cut sheer panel onto the paste-lined glass. Most of the directions I read online suggested using a credit card or some other flat edge to smooth out the fabric. Since I was working with sheers, however, I noticed that I had to use my fingers to work the fabric into place. When I tried to use a flat edge, the fabric would shift out of place.

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Once the fabric was in place and all of the air bubbles has been worked out, I brushed a fairly thick layer of paste on top. I had to be extra cautious around the corners because the fabric did tend to shift when I applied paste.

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And that was it. Quick and easy, right? All that was left was to wait for the paste to dry. Now, this may be small town life at the Dream House, but I do have better things to do that watch paste dry! Namely, I got carried away and started covering a few other windows, too.

When the paste finally dried, the windows have taken on a Shoji screen appearance. Given Frank Lloyd Wright’s affinity for Japanese culture, I think he would have approved.

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— J. Blandings

Images: Mr. and Mr. Blandings

7 thoughts on “The Totally Free, All-Natural DIY Window Covering

  1. Abby

    The best part is that if you ever decide to remove it, it will probably only require some warm water.

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    1. Jason Post author

      Three years in and the window covering has held up very well. This despite the wild temperature swings of the upper Midwest. It can get pretty humid here – and we also have a lot of freezing days – so I think the application would be just fine in a bathroom. Good luck!

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