A few weeks ago, I shared this bathroom window update of our new DIY window cornice. It was a HUGE improvement of the former window, but seeing it all dressed up made me eager to finish the job.
I had long been obsessing over this DIY project from 7th House on the Left and was finally ready to get to work. While I had originally planned to do a tiling pattern, just like the one in the link, after choosing a printed fabric for the cornice, it seemed like it would be a little too “printy.”
I ended up deciding to mimic the print of the fabric in a larger scale, just outlining a cut out in the same shape as the print in the fabric.
Here is how it turned out:
I am super happy with the results. It provides privacy to the bathroom while maintaining a clean aesthetic and allowing light to pour into the room.
I was also pleased that I didn’t have to cut up a bunch of small pieces! The process was SO quick, I didn’t even remember to take photos until I was practically done!
The tutorial over at 7th House is pretty easy to follow, but here are a few things I learned from doing this DIY project:
- Larger pieces = more air bubbles to avoid. Peel back the contact paper on a small section and adhere it to the window. Then, peel back the contact paper backing slowly AS you are pressing down the contact paper.
- Make sure your window is SUPER clean and your work space is super clean. Any smudges will show through the contact paper and little dust particles floating around will be your worst enemy.
- For the first window, I removed the window and with such large pieces, it seemed like more trouble than it was worth. For the second window, I installed the contact paper onto the vertical window and it seemed to work just fine (plus, I seemed to avoid as many dust particles).
Here is how to made this particular design pattern:
- Cut the contact paper to the dimensions of your window
- Draw a rectangle with a 1″ border on the backing side of the contact paper
- Draw a second rectangle with a 1/2″ border to the first rectangle
- Measure 1″ up from the outside rectangle in each corner and place a small circle object (I used circle cookie/biscuit cutters) and trace over it. Place a slightly larger (mine are about 1/2″ apart) circle object over that (centered) and trace another circle.
- Fill in the space in between the two rectangles and circles that you will cut out, so you won’t make a mistake when you are doing the cutting!
I used an X-acto knife to cut mine (on a mat cutting board, but you can cut it on some cardboard) and it was pretty quick and painless. Applying the contact paper to the window took much more time than cutting the contact paper.
The best part is, this is completely temporary, so if you decide later you want a different pattern or even if you make a mistake during the application process, you can easily peel it back and start over. And with contact paper costing under $10 a roll, this is the cheapest DIY project EVER!
So glad to have #15 checked off my list! 6 down : 95 to go…