09 February 2015

French Door with Privacy Film Applied

When we moved into our home there were so many things that I wanted and needed to change.  The garage was dark and dreary.  We have changed and done things as we could.   Over the next few weeks I hope to share the progress of our garage.  Since the garage has no windows the only source of natural light is a single french door.  The french door needed something for privacy but I didn't want to install a blind since that would affect the natural light.  So I put a sheer on a magnetic rod that I had kept from our first house many years ago.  It looked alright...in the beginning.  But 7+ years of bugs and numerous spiders it looked pretty bad.

Then one day it came to me, how would privacy film work.  A trip to a local hardware store would yield many options.  This door opens into our backyard so privacy and security were important things to consider.   But we also wanted to allow the most light that could come in. So I opted for a frosted film by Gila.

They also make an application kit that has everything you will need for the entire process.

It is important to start with a clean window pane and from that point it is very easy.

Cutting and trimming the film was the most time consuming part of the process.

Smoothing out the air bubbles in this photo.

This shot shows how it looks with the film as opposed to without it.

This is the exterior view from the back yard.

And here is what the inside view looks like.  I did this in about a 2 hour time frame.

Honey couldn't believe what a difference this made!  We still wonder why it took us so long to figure out what to do with this french door!
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