Ever wondered how to frost glass in the comfort of your own home? Then I have two quick and easy alternatives to share. Frosted glass is an excellent way to create a mood in a room, be it just for decoration, or to create some privacy in and around the house.
Different ways to frost glass
- Using a Decorative window film or frosted vinyl
- Spraypainting a window with a frosted glass spray paint
- Actually using a sand blasting tool to create window frosting
In our previous house I frosted our patio door’s glass as well as our one shower door with Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass Spray paint available from Builders Warehouse.
This spray paint is a really easy to use and dries in minutes. It takes a bit of practising to get the spraypainting done perfectly but once you get the motion you will be able to get this done quick and easy. Some basic tips: Never spray downwards as there will be drops on your sprayed surface. Spraypaint in a left to right contsant motion to create an even coverage holding the can approximately 25cm away from the spraypainted surface.
If you do get some spraypaint on your hands SprayerGuide.com has an awesome article on how to remove the paint from your hands here. They also have some really useful other articles that share very interesting articles on all kinds of paint and paint related issues. Have a look!
A spray paint frosted glass product is also great for use to add a personal touch to drinking glasses, coasters or even gift jars.
What you will need to frost your own glass bottles using a frosted glass paint?
- Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass Spray paint
- Masking tape, washi tape or sello tape
- Some old newspapers or cardboard
- Pattern of your choice
- Scissors or a kraft knife
- Self-adhesive plastic for the pattern, preferably not see-through ones. You can also make use of vinyl letters or patterned stickers
- Bucket with water and a damp cloth
- Mentholated spirits
Step-by-step instructions for DIY frosted glass
- Trace and cut out your patterns on self-adhesive plastic if you do not have ready cut ones.
- Clean the glass surface that you want to paint with water and wipe it with Mentholated spirits. Make sure that the surface you will be decorating is clean and free from oily or dust particles.
- Stick your stencil images onto the surface.
- Stick tape around the surface area that you wish to protect from the paint.
- Read the instructions on the can carefully and follow them.
- Start spraying! You do not have to be afraid to spray too much the excess spray will turn to a powder that can just be dusted off afterwards.
- Carefully remove the self-adhesive plastic from the surface and admire the lovilee results! It is important to remove the stickers immediately after painting as it will peel off some of the paint if you wait too long.
You can really get creative with this, using washi tape to make lines or even rope or wool to make patterns. What project will you do if you got your hands on one of these spray-paint cans?
A friend of mine also made use of this frosted glass paint to create some privacy in one of their bathrooms. She decided to paint some of the bottom window slats and it turned out really beautifully.
I decided to make us of a frosted window film also called frosted vinyl to create some privacy and add a special touch to my kitchen window. You can purchase the vinyl in the new lovilee store here.
A quick guide on how to frost a window using frosted vinyl
Frosted vinyl is sold on a meter by meter basis. It is basically a decorative film that you can cut into pieces to stick onto windows or smaller items. It is easily removeable but unfortuanately not reusable.
- Cut the vinyl into the perfect sizes that you require
- Starting from the top pull away a piece of the paper backing, exposing the adhesive. Fold down the exposed backing to prevent it from curling back up.
- Place the exposed adhesive onto the window and smooth it over using a plastic vinyl applicator / squeegee whislt at the same time pulling the backing paper away slowly.
- Continue in this fashion untill the window is fully covered.
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