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Oct 09, 2013, 10:46 PM
Damian46
Covering Door Windows
The windows that flank our front door are clear glass. They've been covered by small curtain panels for years but I'd rather remove them and let the sun shine in but obviously don't want visitors to look right in. What sort of ways can I fix this that are easy and cheap?
Thanks,
Damian
Oct 09, 2013, 10:48 PM
Jaybee
Shears instead of curtains.

Spray or stick-on opaque film.


Jaybee
Oct 11, 2013, 09:48 AM
Sparky617
I have 2 of this companies products on glass doors in my house. They also make them for side lights. I really like them. If you have a dog the blinds or shades are protected, they don't blow around and they stay clean. They take just a screw driver and 10 minutes to install. Easy DIY. They are available at the big box home improvement stores though some may need special order.


http://www.odl.com/doorglass.htm


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Oct 11, 2013, 09:52 AM
GardenSprite
I like the apparent wrought iron scrollwork style; looks like it might add an element of break-in deterrent, perhaps cautioning attempted burglers to think twice. Beyond that, it's also very attractive.
Oct 11, 2013, 09:56 AM
Sparky617
Here is a direct link to the product I used.

http://www.odl.com/blinds_addon.htm


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Oct 11, 2013, 01:42 PM
nona
how about replacing the glass with 1 way glass ?
Oct 11, 2013, 04:47 PM
GardenSprite
Frosted glass? The previous owners installed it in the bathroom and it's worked well for me.

Sparky, these "blinds" just fit right in the doors and can be easily snapped out, right?

I'm thinking they would be nice for windows as well. I'll check out that idea.

I'm also going to see if I can find any that might be energy efficient, or would that cause a problem with any air trapped between the window and the blind?
Oct 11, 2013, 04:48 PM
Conrad
Those are some pretty neat options, Sparky! I really like the interior blind idea.

Just to share, I did a super cheap fix on a side window in our garage. For the same reason of privacy, I did not want someone to be able to see if our cars were there or not, nor see what was in the garage. I cut some plexiglass window sheets to fit the opening, and sprayed them lightly on one side with white spray paint, from about 12-18 inches away. A few light coats to even it out, and they allow light to come in, but no clear view. A few clips to hold them in, or one could use small wood trim. Decals could be placed before spraying, and peeled away, if you want view areas near the top.