Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass DIY

Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.com We have been loving our time in our new studio space so far! It’s so fun to have a place to call our own and personalize each room to all our needs. The main office space sits just behind the living room on the front of the house, and we can see the view of the street through the large glass door pane. As nice as it is to see all the cars and people go by on the street, sometimes it can be a little distracting when you’re trying to concentrate. We decided that frosting the window would give us some privacy (but still let in light), but we wanted to do it in a fun way, of course!

Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.com Supplies:
-Glass frosting spray
-painter’s tape.

Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.comFirst, clean the glass with glass cleaner and wipe dry with a soft towel. 

Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.com Use the painter’s tape to make your pattern (we chose stripes), and make sure the edges are firmly pressed against the glass.

Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.com Use the glass frosting spray as directed, and spray the exposed areas of glass. I did three coats of the spray, leaving adequate dry time in between, to make the frosted part as opaque as possible. You’ll probably want to open a window after each round as the fumes are pretty strong. Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.com Once your frost is dry, slowly peel your tape lines off and you’re done!

Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.com Frosted Pattern Privacy Glass abeautifulmess.com We’re really happy with how the door turned out! It is definitely less distracting when someone passes by, but we can still see outside, and it lets in lots of light as well. The stripe pattern is a perfect balance as well—it’s definitely eye-catching, but because it’s done in frost instead of a color, it’s more of a subtle overall effect. This could really be done on any glass surface in a house, and it’s removable with paint thinner as well. It’s a win-win! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman

  • Hello, I would love to do this on my shower doors! Which side would be the best side to do this on? Also, what is the best way to clean it without damaging it?

    Thank you

  • Can you still wash your window as usual? Will this come off with window spray and paper towels?

  • Love this DIY on creating frosted glass – how cool! Very simple and easy for any beginner. Great idea! Think of all the other patterns you can make with this – endless options abound.

  • Does the frosted glass reflect weirdly on to pictures you might take in that space? Just curious. I love the design you chose! Brilliant idea. Would not have thought about diying this.

  • I have a yellow front door almost the exact same colour. Unfortunately I recently locked myself, resulting in my security glass window having to be smashed and replaced with a clear pane of toughened glass. I’ve been pondering what to do about privacy so this blog post has come along in a timely manner! Thanks for the inspiration, I’m off to buy myself some glass frosting spray!

  • This is a great creative project! For some reason a Chevron pattern as another interesting pattern to use came immediately to mind. Thank you for the DIY photos & narrative instruction. I have been trying to figure out a way to subtly “shade” a front door mullion and this would be perfect.

  • I love the way this turned out! Also, that door is awesome! Especially that super cool doorknob!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • Omg, I love this idea! It looks so easy and I love the simplicity of the design. 🙂

  • You guys, this looks amazing!!! You are too smart, I love this idea!
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  • What happens to the overspray on the door? This is awesome… I’m gonna try it on our pantry door.

  • Adding this to my list of DIY Projects! LOVE the results! Thanks for sharing!

  • I think it would be so fun with a circle (polka dotted) pattern! Also, love your door…it’s my favorite color. I love that it’s yellow inside, too.

  • love this! i use contact paper for my door, half of it is window. i love the light, yet i love my privacy. you guys are always sharing great ideas. thank you!!!

  • I love seeing other people’s apartments/homes! It’s so inspiring!

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  • What an amazing, easy and creative idea!
    I’m new in this community so I would appreciate any kind of comment, suggestion or recommendations 🙂 http://sheseeksvictoria.wordpress.com
    Thanks you and have an amazing day!

  • Oh wow, great idea! How cute would it be to use contact paper for a bunch of small hearts, then frost the window around them, peel the contact paper off, and then have all of these little hearts to peek through?! I’m doing this someday! Maybe even a bathroom window!

  • This is such a cute idea! If we weren’t renting I would do this on my husband’s office window! Even though it’s removable with paint thinner, this kind of thing always worries me if it’s on something I don’t own. Your door turned out awesome!

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  • Lovely Laura!

    I never knew you were such a creative force and as a result a wonderful addition to the ABM Team! You obviously are blessed like Elsie and Emma in terms of creativity and all of these FAB projects you are posting. Thanks…loved the quinoa hash-browns too.

  • this is an awesome DIY. It makes my head spin with all the different/unique possibilities!

  • Hi Eva!
    I don’t think this spray is food-safe, so I wouldn’t use it on dishes unless they will be purely decorative. You might want to look into glass etching if you want this look on food items 🙂

    Laura

  • Love the frosted effect!

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  • Great idea! Might give this a try on our kitchen window. Right now the view is lovely, but our neighbour starring at us (no kidding) when we cook, that’s rather annoying 😉

  • oh what a cute touch! would never have thought to try this at home, but looks so simple!

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  • Oh that looks so lovely! I adore frosted glass. So perfect!

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • Ahhhhh! What a great idea! I’ve been trying to figure out something for a tiny window in our home that I don’t want to make a tiny curtain for. This is the perfect solution, thanks!

    http://cuddlyasacactus.wordpress.com/

  • I love how cheerful your door is, so welcoming and happy.
    I think spray on frosted glass might possibly be one of the best diy products invented!! I’ve tried using it on old jars with cutout templates to make frosted candle holders as cheap xmas decor while I was at uni… It didnt turn out too well as I was too impatient in taking the templates off before it had dried enough. Ah well!

  • I love this idea! It’s such a modern take on a frosted glass doors. Alternating the stripes make it more interesting, I’m definitely a fan of this project.

    -Kelcey
    http://hellokelcey.blogspot.com

  • This is totally gorgeous! I would love to have something like this for my home!

  • ABM seems to just be escalating its so fun to watch – have people ever recognized this new space and crept up to have a peek?

  • such a great idea laura!
    love seeing how the ABM studio is coming along 🙂

  • Brilliant! We’ve got a window door that I’ve been wondering what to do with, this may be the answer. xx

  • It looks so great! I love the creative pattern. I’ve been looking for a way to make our front door, as well as several other large windows in the house, a little more private. Do you know if this will work in areas that get a lot of moisture, like a bathroom?

  • Hi Laura, I like your door! Can I use the same spray for decoreted any glasses? Like glasses for drinking?

    • I have arcadia doors that I love but need privacy any ideas what I can Do for those ?

  • This is absolutely amazing! You guys always come up with the greatest ideas! If we didn’t live in an apartment, we would totally do it!

  • So pretty! I have two bathroom windows that I need to frost- I want to do something creative so this is really fun! 🙂

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