Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to do a faux stained glass treatment on our sliding barn door in the studio forever, and was totally chicken to go for it. But I just dove in and tried it and good news! It’s way easier than I thought it would be. It’s such a cool way to update glass, mirrors, windows — anything that wants a little color. And it’s temporary, so you apartment dwellers can get in on the action too. It’s a pretty, colorful DIY that’ll make you feel like a total professional.
- glass window, door, or mirror
- colored window film (we got ours here, ordered by the foot)
- spray bottle
- Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
- hard straight edge tool, like a scraper or similar
- razor blade
- paper towels
Make Time: 15 Minutes per color panel
Note: We deviate slightly from the instructions on the site where we purchased the color window film. Trial and error led us to this method; be sure to review their instructions as well!
Step 1: Mix up your spray solution. Add one tablespoon of baby shampoo to a spray bottle and fill with water. Clean all of your glass surfaces completely.
Step 2: Carefully peel off the clear liner from your window film. Spray the side of the colored film from which you just removed the liner.
Step 3: Place the wet side of the film onto your glass. Slide into place as best you can; it’s easiest to line up at a corner if you have one.
Step 4: Spray the film again so that the squeegee will slide across the surface. Squeegee the film to start adhering it to the glass and working any bubbles out.
Step 5: Use your straight edge tool to press the film into the corners of your glass or window. Once you’ve got it pressed into the corners, take your razor and slide it along the straight edge of the tool. Work the tool and the razor all the way along the edge of your glass until all of the excess film is cut away. Note: Be careful not to let the film slide around as you are squeegeeing and cutting.
Step 6: Spray the film again and squeegee again. Use the straight edge tool if needed, to work any bubbles out. Take your paper towel and press outward along all edges to be sure that they are adhered, and to soak up excess spray solution.
I am so pumped on this colorful update! It’s still a bit surprising every time I look over at the studio door, but I love the blast of color. It’s perfect in our bright, white house with pops of color. The goal all along has been to create a neutral canvas (which is why we did things like paint a brick fireplace white), and include fun colorful surprises like this one around every corner.
And I’m also still so pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. I’ll keep you updated on how the window film wears after some time – so far so good! xoxo