I’ve already shared with you our plans for the bathroom (and the progress we’ve made), but the bathroom is hiding a deep, dark secret…
…another shower curtain behind our shower curtain.
That doesn’t seem so bad, does it? Truth be told, it is not the best solution. During the past few weeks of living here, we’ve noticed a few issues with this shower curtain in the window. The first is that if the water pressure is too high, there’s a little bit of wind and she mini shower curtain sticks to you. That’s not a deal breaker but it is annoying. The second is that it makes the shower feel tinier than it is (and seeing as it’s from the 1930′s, it’s already pretty tiny).
The third issue is, well…
… to be blunt, it’s gross.
Clearly, the curtain bar was not meant to be used in a room with so much humidity and moisture. We’ve kept it thus far because removing the curtain would have meant that we would be giving the neighbors a free show. That is not something I am interested in. I am glad to report that this weekend, I tackled this little project and no shows were given. That rusty bar is a thing of the past – and the bathroom feels better already!
On Saturday morning, I took a mini trip to Home Depot to return the first lock we purchased for our apartment door. While I was there, I also picked up a roll of window film. Last week, I had spent some time researching different film options and how well they worked. In the end, I felt that Light Effects has the best reviews so I grabbed a 24″ x 26″ roll in Texture 12 and headed home.
The first step, after pushing back the curtain, was wiping down the window. It’s a double window so that condensation is stuck in there but that’s okay because it’s sort of hidden now.
With the window clean, I took some measurements and cut the roll to size. I left it a little long on all the sides since it’s easier to trim down than add back.
The instructions call for spraying a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid on the window before adding the film. We only have one spray bottle, and that’s filled with a store-brand windex. Rather than dump it out and replace it with soap and water, I borrowed the spray nozzle and grabbed a mason jar. Creativity at its finest.
Applying the window film is an incredibly easy thing to do. You basically spray the window with the water/soap mixture, separate the backing from the film (I used two pieces of tape to pull them apart and it worked very well), and place it on the window. From there, you can just slide it around until you’ve got it where you want (I used the untrimmed corner as a guide) and then spray some more of the water/soap mixture on top of the film.
The package included a squeegee to remove all of the air bubbles and the moisture added on the top really makes things easier. I tried to squeegee before adding the water and it was not so great.
Once you’ve got things lined up and bubble free, it’s time to trim. I just used an x-acto blade to trim the excess. Clearly, I am not the best at cutting in straight lines (which I proved in my high school photography classes) but that’s okay because no one will know… except me… and now you guys.
Removing the curtain rod was another simple process.
Now, we’ve got a great set up in the shower. There’s no longer a curtain to whack against us but the film still offers us privacy while letting in a lot of light. Joe and I opted not to cover the top window because it’s so high up. Besides, it’s nice to have a view of the tree tops.
Did you tackle any home projects this weekend? Perhaps tried your luck with window film? Have you had good luck with it?