Friends, we love our neighborhood. It has such a friendly vibe and we love meeting our neighbors when we are out walking our dogs. However, we also love our privacy. One thing that drew us to the house was the high fences surrounding the backyard. Sweet privacy at last!

However, the universe laughed at such dreams and less then a week after we moved into our new home, the neighbors behind our house built a two story playhouse. This playhouse looks right into our yard and into our Family Room. Alan and I have started calling it the Observation Deck, since from the playhouse you can literally see everything going on in our yard.

Most of the time it isn’t an issue, the kids are friendly and love our dogs; however, it is an issue when you are lying on your sofa trying to catch up on The Daily Show and you have kids waving at you, through your doors, from across the fence.  You should be able to watch TV, in your own home, in peace. On that day, Alan and I got our lazy butts off the couch and went immediately to Home Depot to purchase some window film.

Doors before window film
Doors before window film

Why window film you ask and not curtains? Well our Family Room receives excellent light and the neighbor’s kids are usually outside during the day, and it would be a shame to sacrifice light for privacy. Additionally, our Family Room doesn’t really have a view, it’s just our back wall, so nothing to worry about there. Window film is a great way to maintain privacy and still get the light.

So armed with a can-do attitude and two cartons of window film we set about transforming our Family Room’s French doors.  First let me say, I do think window film is fairly easy to use. Our issue was that we have window framing dividing the main windows into ten small parts. There was no easy way to remove the frame, so we had to do all 20 frames individually. This was tedious.

Applying the window film is fairly simple: cut, peel, spray, adhere, spray, smooth out bumps, remove access film. We purchased a window film application kit that included the window spray, a cloth wipe, a razor, and a small plastic squeegee. However, if you have most of these items available you could easily get away with just buying the spray.

Some tips we learned along the way:

  • Make sure your windows are clean. Dust and dirt will show through the film.
  • Go for the very edge of a corner when peeling the backs off of the film. Try all four corners until you find one that will separate.
  • Start at the top of the window, otherwise the spray will leak on already completed window frames.
  • Buy two sets of razors, they dull very quickly. (We probably could have sharpened as well…)
  • Cut about 2 or 3 inches longer than you need. It easier to cut precisely once the film is on the window
  • Smooth, smooth, smooth. Bubbles will bother you once the windows are complete.

Overall this project was very successful. The Family Room receives great light, we get our privacy, and it is extremely hard to tell the windows were never frosted in the first place.  That’s what we call a win win.

French Doors After
French Doors After