My husband found some fairly basic and ordinary vinyl frosting on Ebay, and I then spent hours cutting out each piece to fit the window panes which was a bit of a nightmare because my measurements weren't exactly accurate and it made for a long and tiresome installation. There was a lot of adjusting, recutting and trimming! (I told you I'm impatient).
The end result is that it did the trick - it's functional, but not a thing of great beauty and I've since learnt this kind of film has a tendency to crack and peel after a while. Ho hum.
I have been wanting to do something with our back door. When we ordered the windows and doors for the renovation, I ordered the new powder room window with frosting but forgot about the glass door. It is the access from the laundry to the rear deck and is directly opposite the front door. The view isn't the most attractive, and at night it feels a bit like living in a fish bowl as you can see straight through our house from the street.
Also, when you have to come down to the kitchen in the middle of the night in your nightie to get a bottle for a screaming baby, one tends to feel a bit on show. I also don't like the exposure from a security perspective as you don't know who's watching. We have blinds on the front door side windows which we pull down at night but I didn't want to bother with that for the back door.
So I have been wanting to put the same type of frosting up, to give some privacy but trying to find a more attractive and stylish option. Well, I found it and I'm thrilled with the result.
Bla, bla, boring, boring.....
As you walk in the front door you can see straight out the back door, and I'm guessing that's probably really bad Feng Shui. But let's just say that our neighbour's house isn't going to win any design awards any time soon, so we'd rather not see it.
Plus there's always piles of kid, dog, laundry and gardening junk out the back door, which no matter how many times I ask to be moved, just remains steadfastly in place, looking all unstylish and messy!
Enter Frost and Co. who make simply stunning frosted window film in the most fabulous contemporary and impossibly stylish designs. They can also create a custom design for you. Then it's DIY instal.
This fabulous Moroccan pattern was my first choice, which is so "on-trend" as they say in the biz. Then Cathy, the beauty and brains behind Frost and Co. suggested she could custom design a pattern that was the same as the background of my blog banner. Even better!
And you may be familiar with some of these designs which have been featured in magazines. Here's a few of my favourites.
I took the measurements (I was more careful this time!) and emailed them to Cathy, who came up with the proof for me to approve, and it was ready in a week. The film is delivered to your door in a poster tube, and already custom cut to the right size.
To apply the film, you just use a spray bottle with water and a bit of detergent, and you have plenty of time to slide it around on the glass to get the position right. To finish off you screed out the air bubbles with a credit card. The film then dries for 24 hrs and you peel off the backing. Easy!
How fabulous is that! (oh, and I moved all the junk in the end!)
It looks like beautiful etched glass. Of course, now I'm tempted to replace all the ordinary frosting on the upstairs windows with something more stylish like this. Plus it comes with a 7 year guarantee and is completely removable.
Now we get the benefit of the filtered light and sun, whilst gaining privacy and security plus it's now become a design feature and talking point, when it was previously a boring, non-descript glass door. I wish I could get them to make custom-make wallpaper for me in this design, then I'd do the whole entrance!
Check out the website www.frostandco.com.au, where you can pick a design, put in your measurements and get a price on the spot. Or have them create something gorgeous just for you, be it a name, word, design, illustration, pattern, logo. The sky's the limit. Cathy has added this pattern to the range now, called DD-13, so you can have this stunning design in your house too.
The frosted window film shown in this post was supplied courtesy of Frost & Co.