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These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Window

by Jennifer Farley

Bathroom Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door. 
Hello Mr. UPS man, don't mind me, I am just standing here taking a shower...

Obviously we had to remedy these problems. Windows are a good thing in a bathroom. They let in light and help ventilate the bathroom when needed, but they can be inconvenient when you need to go about your bathroom business. Here is a wide variety of solutions for your bathroom privacy that fit a variety of budget needs.  

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How to 'Frost' a Window with Contact Paper

by DIY Maven

How to 'Frost' a Window with Contact Paper

Ashley was wigged out by the 'scary dark nothingness' of her naked door window. A quick cover of various items such as craft paper and even pages from magazines took away the yips, but they weren't very decorative, to say the least. So...Ashley got all crafty with some Contact paper and created a Moroccan inspired window treatment. This is what the nothingness looks like now:

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How To: Turn Mini-Blinds into Roman Shades.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Turn Mini-Blinds into Roman Shades.
Face it: No one ACTUALLY likes the look of mini-blinds, but many of us simply continue to let them hang cause they're there, and they do their job, and it's easier than starting over. So, check out this tutorial: Jenny from Little Green Notebook offers a how-to for turning your mini-blinds, already sized and hardware hung, to create custom Roman shades.

Simply determine how many folds you'd like, cut out all but that many of the slats, glue on...

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How to Make a 2-Toned Button Window Shade

by DIY Maven

How to Make a 2-Toned Button Window Shade

With the right buttons and fabric, this window shade could work in just about ANY style of room. And, dare I say, it's as cute as a button? (My bad.) Anyway, if you'd like to crank one out, here's a list of materials you'll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 contrasting fabrics, for front and back of shade
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Twill tape
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Seam ripper
  • 6 buttons
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Tension rod to fit...

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How To: Custom Window Films.

by Chris Gardner

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My, my...how paint pens have grown. What used to put out splotchy, oily messes can apparently now produce thin, clean, consistent lines. A beautiful case-in-point: these custom window films from Kate at Design*Sponge. "In our home we needed some window films to provide privacy, but we also wanted them to let light through. using contact paper and a white paint pen, i’ve created some decorative window films that are easy to change, replace,...

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How To: Customize Roman Shades.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Customize Roman Shades.

Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don't know how to make one...and those strings intimidate me.

Luckily, I have Jennifer's how-to from Apartment Therapy. "Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA — providing customized window coverings on a...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn an old window into illuminated wall art.

by DIY Maven

created on: 08/27/08

I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.

What we used:

an old barn sash window
scrap 1" x 3" pine
a piece of handy board
frosted glass spray
Contact paper
scissor and paper punch
LED light strip
table saw, screws, drill, nails hammer, etc.

What we did:

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough...

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Need Your Clever Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

We just made a clean sweep of the greenery and holiday stuff and the same old dilemma is staring me in the face.  I won't divulge how long we've lived in this house, but will share that I have never been able to figure out what to do with these two big sliding glass monsters.  The first image is looking from the front hallway right on through the dining room and smack dab onto the porch.  The second image is in the breakfast area off of the...

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Easy Window Repairs.

by Chris Gardner

When I was in 5th grade, I spent a weekend at a monastery with some Confimation classes from other area churches. There was a young lady from another church that was four years older than I was, and completely in love with me. She had very white teeth, and wore way too much perfume...sometimes I catch the same scent walking by a random woman, and I feel eleven again.

On Saturday afternoon, during a break, she managed to punch her hand through a...

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