The windows in our dining room are tall and skinny. We didn’t like at all the “window treatments” we found when we moved in the house. They just made the room appear darker than it was and uglier( at least in my opinion!). I wanted something different.
See the picture below of our dining room windows with no frosted glass:
My 3 Reasons to Get Frosted Glass
I decided to try stenciled frosting glass for more reasons:
- We wanted some privacy, but to get a glimpse of what happens outside as well.
- Price was another strong reason to opt for frosted glass spray paint. I looked at stained glass, but the price was simply prohibitive for us. Just adding the stained glass panes, the labour to change the windows would have way too much money to spend at this point.
- At some point we thought about window film, but they do not always they fit every personal taste. I would have gone with it, but patterns I could find for sale on the Internet were not what I was looking for and they didn’t match the rest of the room decor.You can see full review of energy efficient window film here.
Materials and tools Needed for DIY Window Frosting:
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towels
- Masking paper, or any adhesive-backed film you can stick it on the window , trace the stencil and cut it
- Sharp cutter or craft knife
- Masking tape
- Rustoleum Frosted Glass spray – Frosting spray
- Large stencil of your choice
- Step 1. Clean the glass well with glass cleaner. Remove any dirt, wipe with paper towels and let dry.
- Step 2. Using a printer, print the stencil you want. I found mine on the Internet, and I printed it on normal letter size paper.
I multiplied the small stencil by tracing it on a bigger sheet of paper with the same dimensions as the window. To transfer it on the masking paper, I chose a sunny window, fixed the big stencil on it andon top I fixed the masking paper.
- Step 3. Transfer the stencil on the masking paper. I placed the masking tape( cut the size of the window panel) on top of the stencil, already placed on the window.
Then I traced the design on the masking tape with a black marker. I started in the middle of the panel so I will have the stencil showing nicely on the whole window.
- Step 4. Fix the masking paper with the stencil on it on the window you want to do frosted glass on. Stick the masking paper few inches at a time; smooth down as you unroll the paper. Try to get as few as possible bubbles. I got some, so I pierced them with a needle and then smoothed the surface.
You want to get the masking paper to adhere right up to the metal frame of the window, so press really well at the edges of the paper.
- Step 5. Cut the design with a cutter or craft knife. Because the stencil is already traced to the masking paper, now you can start cutting out the design with the cutter or Acto knife.
This is the most consuming part of the project, but take your time to get an accurate cut of the stencil. The whole time spent here you will get it paid back in the end :).
- Step 6. Spray the Rust Oleum Frosted Glass Spray Paint.Spray through your stencil with Rust Oleum Frosted Glass. Follow the manufacturer instructions from the can: shake the can well and hold it 10 to 12 inches from the glass. Apply even layers in a side-to-side motion.
Best way is to get thin layers to avoid drips. Wait for each coat to dry, about 20 minutes, before applying the next coat. I used 2 coats.Peel off the masking paper with the tip of the knife and enjoy your frosted glass windows!
These were the 6 easy steps on how to get frosted glass spray paint on a window. And this is how our dining room windows looked AFTER: