Tutorial: How To Faux Frost A Window

 

 

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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!

xo

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Gold Painted Mason Jars

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I am just completely loving some gold in our home right now, you may remember this from my gold accented picture frame.

I have just finished painting both my kitchen and dining room walls a light grey color called Moonshine, by Benjamin Moore.  It’s so wonderfully light and airy and I love how it gives the illusion of opening up our home.  Gold is the perfect accent color against the cool, light background.  It’s really lending to a fresh, modern look in our old, traditional home.

Pairing them with the pinch pot I made a while ago makes a great center piece.  I cut a little piece from our Forsythia bush in the back yard and added that for a little spring touch.

 

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To switch it up, I moved the mason jar to the bay window and mixed it up among the white planters I bought at IKEA.  I love the group together especially when the sun is shinning in.

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To make these jars was super easy.  I’ve had a habit of saving mason jars now for a little while because you never know when one could come in handy.  I simply took a few from my stash and cleaned them up.

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A little dish soap and a few swipes of steel wool helped to get that stamped on date to come right off.  Plus it polished the whole jar up to nice shine.  After this step, I let the jars dry completely.

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Once dry, I added a squirt of paint…..

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Swirled it around with a paintbrush…IMG_4442

Until I had a thin layer coating as much of the jar as I wanted.  If I ran out of paint, I just simply added some more until I reached my desired amount.

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This is after the first coat.  Once it was completely dry, I applied a second coat for a more opaque appearance.

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To add the forsythia branch this is what I did: The paint in my jar is not sealed at the moment so I can not fill it with water.  To make this work, first I cut my branch to my desired size,

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then wrapped it with a wet paper towel.  This will not last forever obviously but for a little while anyways.  And actually, I heard once that if you want to root a plant, wrap it in a paper towel, then soak it in water and the paper towel will help it to get important nutrients.  Not sure how true this is, but every once in a while I give it a whirl anyways.

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So then to protect the jar and keep the moisture in, I wrapped the paper towel in a sandwich bag.

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Finally covering it with a piece of drop cloth to blend in the jar.

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The finished product!IMG_6235

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I think I love it in the bay window the best!

Once the forsythia’s time is spent, I’m sure I can find something else, ‘non-perishable’, to go in the jars.  Maybe some feathers or some DIY arrows!

How about you? Anyone else out there still into the DIY gold projects for your home or have you moved onto copper maybe? I think I still have a few more gold projects under my belt before I’m done!

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DIY Rainbow Wreath Tutorial

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This easy peasy rainbow wreath is what I made to add a little color and fun to my daughters simple party decor.  Easy and simple and BAM…a pop of color! We didn’t have a lot of time this year to make a big party for her but of course we wanted something fun and simple and memorable. I did a little cowgirl party (which I may do again and ELABORATE!) and made these cute little wreaths to add some color to her ‘party corner’. Our two daughters thought they were sooo cool and pretty! I just may have to do this again for the spring.  Maybe on the front door to add a little welcoming color.

Here’s the super simple DIY tutorial for this awesome rainbow wreath!

First up, the Supplies: Cardboard (I used a cereal box), colored paper, scissors, and a hot glue gun.  Not pictured here: Cutting mat,straight edge, utility knife, and a bowl (or something round of varying sizes) to trace a circle.

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Step two: Trace your circles.

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Step three: Cut out your circles.

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Step four: Cut the colored paper into strips (mine were an inch and a half wide).

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Step five: Cut your strips in half (mine ended up being about three inches in length so this step depends on the length of your paper to begin with).

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Step six: Arrange your strips of paper to be how you might like them on your wreath.

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Step seven: Start gluing the strips of paper onto your cardboard frame.

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When you are finished, this is what you will have:

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Now display them however you choose!

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That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this little springtime-ish tutorial.  I so can’t wait for spring to finally get here so I can feel the warm air, see the snow melt away and finally start seeing some green!

Xo Ivy

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