Thursday, January 5, 2012

Frosted Glass Door

We wanted to add a little privacy to the back door leading in to the laundry room, which gives a direct view into the living room. I didn't want to block the light coming in and didn't want something bulky like blinds or curtains on the door since we open and close it so frequently.

You'll have to use your imagination for some of these photos. It's hard to take a good picture of a window!


Seven7h House on the Left has a great post on "frosting" glass with contact paper, and you can even download their template for free.

What you'll need:

window cleaner and a rag (to clean the glass)
clear contact paper
x-acto knife
fine tip permanent marker

I already had a roll of clear contact paper so all I needed to do was print the template. Because our window has four panes, I had to scale the template down to 85% so it would fit better.  When I got to the edges I used an x-acto knife to cut off the excess contact paper.


If you've got a few hours and a roll of contact paper, this is a quick and affordable project to dress up any window. And if you ever get tired of it it peels right off. We're pretty pleased with  the result so I think it's here to stay.


  1. This looks beautiful! We may copy your idea for our master bathroom. Who puts a non frosted window in a master bath that looks into your neighbors kitchen and backyard anyway?

  2. I really need to do something like this for the windows around the front door. Maybe on the glass on the door, too!

  3. So my question is well does it keep that room "private?" I need to do something other than our crappy mini blinds in our front sidelight window, but I am afraid that at night with the lights on in the house you would be able to see in...and Jeremy would not be a fan of that! ha ha! Were you not worried so much about that b/c it is in the back of the house?

  4. It was less of a concern for us because it's on the back of the house, but it does provide a decent amount of privacy. From the street, or even a few feet away, you wouldn't be able to easily see inside. But if you get up close you can see pretty easily inside, through the spaces where the window isn't "frosted"