Are You Living in A Fish Bowl? - Use Contact Paper To Make A Beautiful Privacy Window

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The windows in our homes are wonderful. They provide a lot of natural light and views of the outside world. Having lots of windows in your home can even make your space feel larger and more expansive too which is always great, especially if you live in a smaller home or apartment. The one thing about windows is that they can sometimes mean sacrificing some of your privacy, especially if you live on a busy street. Unless you want to leave your blinds closed all day, you may want to try some diy ideas to give your home the privacy you need. Blinds and curtains can only do so much as far as blocking people from looking into your home, which is why these do it yourself home projects from Hometalk are so great. Bryan, from Bryan's Workshop, shares a great diy idea with us on Hometalk that will give you the privacy you need while still allowing light into your home and remaining stylish. All you need is some time and patience and you can make your own window covering with contact paper and a stencil. You can do the pattern like Bryan's wife did on her own, or you can just simply stick up the contact paper in a full sheet to get a full block out effect.

If you're going to do a pattern which can be very fun and look really nice. First you have to decide on a pattern you love. You can find images online and print it out and trace it onto a piece of cardboard. Once you have your stencil, figure out how many of the stickers you will need to cut out of the contact paper before you start to make things easier. You will need a spray bottle with water and one drop of dish soap in it, a small squeegee, paper towels, a ruler, a box cutter or Exacto knife and your contact paper. You can find this frosty contact paper anywhere you can buy regular contact paper. Usually in the kitchen area of any home goods store. First, you'll want to clean your windows really well. Once you've done that you can start to stick on the stickers you've cut out. Spray the window well with the water and soap and then put up one of the stickers. This makes them easier to move around into position. Once they are in the position you want them in, take the squeegee and press out any of the bubbles. They will start adhering to the glass after a few minutes.

Once the stickers are in place, wipe the window with your paper towel. You might have to pop some air bubbles with the knife too just be sure not to scratch your glass. Once your stickers are all in place, you can stand back and admire your hard work. As you can see in the photos, the result looks beautiful, and it provides a lot of privacy for the homeowners. Now, if you ever want to remove the stickers, a hair dryer will work to melt the glue a bit making them easier to take off. Once they are off, they may leave a sticky residue behind so just take some sticker or label remover like goo gone and clean your window with that and then clean it with your favourite window cleaners like vinegar and water. If you liked this diy idea, there are plenty of other great do it yourself home projects over on Hometalk you can try out. Check out all of the awesome ideas and see which ones you'd like to try in your home.***

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