Buying your first house is such an exciting process. When my husband and I saw this adorable 1930’s farm house, sitting all by itself on top of a hill, we fell in love and made it our first home. Right now we are in the process of getting it move-in ready, and with it being an old house built in 1932, you can imagine the work we have to do. Honestly though, for the most part we got really lucky. The previous owners updated so many necessary things, while keeping all the charm and character in tact. So while my husband is working hard on making our house livable, I get to do all the fun stuff.
Our “new” house has a really nice sized bathroom. It’s very spacious, has tons of storage, and has a lovely little window to let in some natural light. I love having a window in the bathroom, but privacy is naturally a concern. Luckily, we don’t really have neighbors on that side of the house. There’s just a very small church that meets once, maybe twice a week. Still, everyone has already voiced that they would feel more comfortable if the window wasn’t just wide open. So of course, one of my first projects was to make a privacy screen. We are on a strict budget, but this little project only cost me about 6 bucks, and didn’t take long at all.
- CLEAR (yes, clear) contact paper
- Razor or X-acto knife
- Poster board
You can make this screen in any pattern you’d like. There are a lot of stencils you can print out online, you can use a store bought stencil, or you don’t have to even use a pattern at all. My husband and I looked at some different pictures and chose this pattern that looks like scales or scallops. It was very easy to make!
The first thing I did was grab something that I could trace to make a perfect circle. I used the lid of a medium sized mason jar, and drew three different circles onto a piece of poster board:
You can space them out as much as you want to get your desired size. Just remember, the smaller you make your stencil, the more you are going to need. I shaded the part I wanted to cut out, and very carefully cut around the lines.
Next, I used my stencil to trace out the pattern onto the back of the contact paper. Just keep placing and tracing until you think you have enough. (It’s probably going to take more than you think) Once you are finished tracing, very carefully cut them out. Make sure you are making them as similar as you can, because they need to fit perfectly into each other. This part takes a long time, but it will be worth it!
Once you have all of your pieces cut out, it’s time to apply them! First, make sure the window is clean and completely dry. Next, carefully peel off the backing, and place your first piece in the very center at the very bottom of the window. When applying these, make sure you smooth them out so that there are no bubbles. A credit card will help you do this, but don’t be too rough or it will tear. Now you will be tempted to just start putting the pieces together like a puzzle, but trust me, you don’t want to do that. After you place your first piece, you need to place them side by side, and complete the first row along the bottom of the window. This will ensure that everything is going to be even. I love this stencil, but the only downside is that there are no straight edges…everything is round or pointy, so you must be really careful lining them up. When you get to the edge of the window where the entire piece won’t fit, just stick it on, firmly pressing down around the edges, and use your razor or X-acto knife to trim the excess. Do every row the same way as you did the first one.
Just keep sticking…just keep sticking…just keep sticking, sticking, sticking…
Now you’re done! Step back and admire your work, and enjoy some privacy!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. There is no need to go to a home improvement store and buy pricey material for window privacy when you can just use a roll of inexpensive contact paper. Who knew?!
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