When we bought our house, the two sidelight windows on either side of our front door had plain white pull-down shades that were getting tattered. Since the door doesn’t have another window near it, I didn’t want to block out the light completely. I bought some frosted glass spray paint for under $5, and painted the outside of the windows.
I cleaned the windows first and thoroughly dried them. I didn’t tape anything off or cover anything since the window frames on the outside are white, and any overspray didn’t show. I used the entire can of paint, because at the point I felt I had pretty good coverage, there was just a little left.
In case you’re wondering, I did this a couple of years ago, and it has held up extremely well. There is no porch or any kind of covering over this door, and this area’s exposed to all kinds of weather. I haven’t touched it up at all, but it would be easy to do if needed.
When I first painted the sidelights, I checked that night to see if you would be able to see through the windows with the lights on inside. You can’t really make out anything except for the fact that there is a light on. I probably would not use this alone on a bathroom window with no other window covering, however.
In my opinion, these frosted glass windows are perfect for letting in a nice amount of light during the day, yet they do give some privacy.
A few tips if you decide to paint your windows: I recommend standing back from your work often to see if there are places where more coverage is needed. Also, if you haven’t spray-painted before, read the instructions on the can. You need to keep the can a proper distance from what you’re painting and keep it moving to avoid drips and running paint.
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