Hello there, this is my first Instructable and I thought I'd share the method I used to create privacy windows in my home. It's a combination of two methods I have seen pretty widely used, but with some experimenting I achieved the results I wanted -- a consistent look, a good level of privacy, and an agreeable laziness factor.
Disclaimer: This has not been tested in high-moisture environments.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
- Valspar Tintable Glaze available at Lowes
- Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass
- A paint brush (preferably one that fits in the can)
All total, sub-$20. One can of each did a whole 112" x 49" window.
You can optionally tape off the windows as there will be overspray on the Rust-Oleum step, but I just used a little elbow grease and windex at the end to clean things up.
Step 2: Step 1: Spray on the Rust-Oleum
The only thing I'm using this to achieve is the added privacy as the tintable glaze alone did not provide the privacy I wanted. Don't worry about the unevenness of the spray -- later steps will mask this. I try to get this step done fast because using spray paint indoors is kind of a nightmare. Open a door, turn on the fans, lock your pets in another room, it will be slightly noxious.
Pictured is where I stopped. This is about 2 passes following the instructions. It dries completely in about 3-5 minutes allowing you to immediately move to the next step. Don't worry, it gets better.
Step 3: Step 2: First Coast of Tintable Glaze
Get a brush and paint on the first coating of tintable glaze. Lay it on THICK like a cheeseball on a blind date. Not dripping but thick. Don't worry about the streaks made by the bristles as they will *mostly* self-level. So pick a direction and do your best but don't agonize over it. It will turn out fine.
Super Important: It can take up to 2 days for this to fully dry. You must wait until it has dried completely before putting on the next coat or you run the risk of not building up the layers and getting the privacy you want. If privacy is not as much an issue for you, you can probably stop here. For me, these are street and neighbor-facing windows so I wanted 100% privacy while I did some renovations and painting.
Step 4: Step 3: 2nd Coat of Tintable Glaze and Final Product
When the first coast of tintable glaze has dried completely, repeat with another coat (thick!) and you're done! Here is the final product with a closeup of the window pane so you can see the consistency. The shading differences are because of external light and trees.
On the left window I did all panes. On the right one I kept the top panes uncovered.
I hope you found this helpful.