Tutorial: How To Faux Frost A Window




Today, I would like to share a project I did last July.  We’ll be switching up our door soon so I wanted to share the project while the door is still functioning in our house.

Our back door is an old wooden door with a small, square, clear glass window.  Since we moved in I had been trying to cover it with some sort of curtain that just never seemed to fit.  Whatever I chose just always seemed wrong so I began to search for alternate ideas to cover the window.  Eventually, I learned about faux frosting glass with contact paper.  I decided to give this a try for a couple of reasons, one: it would be cheap; just the cost of a roll of contact paper, and two: if I could do it right, it would be the clean and modern look I was looking for.

Here is our door before:



The first steps you take to start faux frosting a window are easy.  It is the last step of applying the contact paper to the glass that gets a little meticulous because you need to make sure your applying it evenly and keeping in-line with your pattern.  As long as you go slow and take your time it should be fine.

So to start, you need to decide on your pattern and stencil.  I chose to draw out my own stencil and transfer it to card stock so it could stand up to me tracing it over and over again many times.




Next, you want to trace your stencil onto the contact paper. You should measure your window to get an idea of how many *decals* you will need for your window.  Before you begin, plan your design carefully so you know what your about to do. I chose to place my decals about a 1/2 inch apart and in a diagonal pattern.  I figured out I may need about thirty decals for my window.  In the end, I ended up using 27 so I was pretty close.


After you trace and cut out your decals it’s time to place them on your window.  Make sure the window is clean before you start.  I chose to start my pattern with what I figured would be about the second row in.  I did this because I wanted to place the outside row in such a way that I would have to cut them to make them fit on the window giving the illusion that they were a part of the glass when the window was cut.

A trick I figured out was to place the contact paper on the glass staring from the middle so that you could work the bubbles out as you went along.  I tried to use a plastic scraper to help work out the bubbles but that method left some lines that became permanent.  I then tried using a somewhat damp cloth to help press the bubbles out and that worked better.  A lot of the bubbles I just ended up chasing to the edge with my fingertip.  What I learned after the contact paper was on the glass for a while was that all the bubbles that I couldn’t get out eventually worked themselves out.  I don’t know if it was from the sun or the heat but eventually, maybe over the first month they were all gone!


So after I got them all in place, I had to go back and trim the outside row with a razor.  Once that was done, my window was done! And that was it.  It was really pretty simple, a little time consuming, but very simple.  Of course, I had a small window to cover so a larger window would obviously take a lot more time.

The after:






What a difference!

When I stood back and looked at it, I knew I had found the window treatment I was looking for. I loved it!! I was very, very happy!  And, ten months later I am still very happy with it.  I can report that after having the contact paper on the glass through extreme heat and extreme cold, there are no signs of it peeling or coming undone in anyway, shape, or form.  I carefully clean it every so often with a little windex and that hasn’t bothered it either!

So there you have it! What do you think? Would you ever consider faux frosting a window?

I like it soooo much better than a curtain!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!


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11 thoughts on “Tutorial: How To Faux Frost A Window

  1. This is pretty nifty. I think we have the same door and I’ve been teetertottering on what to do with that window. I’ve had curtains, valances and blinds and nothing works well. Mine leads into my kitchen too 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this!!

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    • Hey!! Thank you so much! The hardest part about it is applying the contact paper to the glass because obviously it’s like a big sticker with very little forgiveness. A small window worked well for me, I think if it was bigger, I may have done it in sections. Thanks again!

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