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DIY Frosted Glass: How to Spray on Frost

DIY Frosted Glass

Little Miss new room is in the center of the house. The doors leading into her bedroom are see-through and I wanted to obscure them a little bit. We talked about replacing the doors, but we like the fact that light comes into the room, because otherwise the room is pretty dark.

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We bought some light blocking curtains for nap time and night time, but wanted something that would obscure the back room so the kids weren’t constantly looking back there.

We wanted something that was only going to be semi-permanent. Since we’re renting, we wanted to be able to wash it off and have the doors be exactly as they were when we moved in. 

After getting permission from the owners, we decided to do a DIY frosted glass spray. Originally, I wanted to use the sticky frosted glass that you just stick onto the window, but it was pretty expensive for my windows.

They are decently sized windows and after pricing it out it would’ve been between $40-70 to do the stick on. So I looked for other options that would be cheaper. I finally found this spray paint DIY frosted glass by Rustoleum, it was so much cheaper so I decided to go with that option.

 

DIY Frosted Glass

DIY Frosted Glass for windows
Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass Spray
  • Windows

Tools

  • I suggest taking your door off the hinges and spraying outside. See Notes below.
  • Face Mask
  • Painter's Tape
  • Brown Paper to cover floor
  • May need: Plastic Sheeting

Instructions

1. Prep your area. Tape off the sides of your window so as not to get overspray on the sides. Put the brown paper on the floor.

2. If you decide not to take the doors off the hinges or you are spraying a window that can't be moved, prep the area well. I suggest taping off sections of your house with plastic sheeting - see notes.

3. Clean your surface first. I used a vinegar mixture, but you can use windex as well.

4. Read the instructions on the can. You are supposed to shake the can well for 5-10 minutes before applying the paint.

5. Safety First: Wear a face mask!

6. Let the paint dry in between coats. You will probably do 3-5 light coats. Go slow and allow the paint to slowly build on the window. Be sure to not stay in one spot for too long to avoid drips.

Notes

A few notes:

  • The spray paint said each bottle covered about 7 square inches. So I bought the pack of 6 bottles. That was WAY too much. I could’ve easily bought 2 bottles and cut my cost even lower, making the whole project less than $10.
  • **THIS IS SPRAY PAINT** I don’t know why this didn’t cross my mind. I taped the doors and covered a little of the floor in front of the doors and sprayed inside the house. I can’t stress enough what a mistake this was. The smell was very strong and eventually permeated the entire house. The paint also gets into the air and settles on everything. I didn’t get a picture because I was too worried about cleaning everything. But basically the whole back room had a white film on it. Thankfully, the floor back there is concrete. It vacuumed up pretty easily and then we mopped. But none of the videos/blogs I read mentioned this.

Overall, I think it turned out really great! I would probably have put a few more coats on. But we had already cleaned up. So I’m thinking of taking the doors off and spraying it once or twice more in the garage.

It definitely has the desired effect that I was going for. It obscures the backroom and lets in the same amount of light.

What do you think? Is this something that you would try in your house? We’re thinking of stamping a design on top too, so I’ll let you know if we go through with it!

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