Thursday, February 2, 2012

What The Faux?

First, I want to thank you so much for laughing with me yesterday.  It's not always easy to put your-hot-mess-of-a-self out there.  You all make it easy for me to just be me, and for that I'm seriously thankful.  I never want to pretend to be something I'm not - not in life - not on this blog.  I believe in real  - real life - real beauty.  And the real truth of the matter is, well, it's not always coming up roses around here.

Now on to the real topic of the day.  What the faux is up with this window?

The previous owners used this faux stained glass vinyl to cover up one of the windows in the master bathroom.  To be honest, when we toured the house I was actually relieved to find that this was faux and not the real thing.  It seemed like a pretty easy fix for something that wasn't my style.  (No offense to anyone that may like this look, but faux stained glass isn't for me.)  I mean I like faux stuff - bois - sometimes pearls - heck even faux copper is okay in my book, but faux stained glass?!, not so much.

While this faux stained glass vinyl is not so cute, the real faux pas here is that it took me over a year and a half to do something about it!  I know!  What the faux took me so long to take that faux glass down?!   ;) There are no words.  Seriously, I'm fresh out of excuses.  The good news is I finally kicked that vinyl to the curb.

The neighbors house really isn't that close even though it looks that way in this picture. that's why they covered this window.  Privacy in a master bathroom is kind of a good thing isn't it?  Not to worry, I bought some etched glass at Home Depot.

See that wall space to the right?  The previous owners used flat paint in here.  NEVER use flat paint in a bathroom.

This is the same vinyl as the stained glass; it's just a plain frosted look rather than a faux stained glass.  It was about $19 I think.  I bought it a while ago and I tossed the receipt - sorry.  I didn't want to block the light in here, but I did want to block the view.  This etched glass was the perfect solution.  I just cut it down to size, sprayed the window with a water bottle, and then smoothed out the vinyl over the window.

Yay!  I actually completed this minor project three days before Christmas and I forgot to blog about it - oops.  It makes such a huge difference in my bathroom.  Not having to look at the faux stained glass window any longer was such a great Christmas present to myself.  The funny thing is the hubs totally didn't even notice for like days!  Really?!  How do you not notice the fauxtastic stained glass window is gone?!  MEN!

Anyhow, there are a TON of projects that still need to be addressed in here, but you know how it goes.  One step at a time.  One small step for this window, one giant step for the master bathroom.

Do you have any little projects around your house that need to be done that just keep getting pushed to the bottom of your priority list?  This little switch-a-roo only took about 20 minutes, so why did it take me so long to get it done?!  It feels so good to cross this off my to-do list!  It's only been on the list since March of 2010!

Challenge:  Take 20 minutes today to do something you've been meaning to do but haven't.  I promise it will make you feel so good!  


  1. Carmel!!!! I totally need some of this! I wanted something for my bathroom window that over my tub. It's HUGE, but I didn't want to block the light too much in the bathroom. I'm going to check this stuff out. Thanks for the tip:)

  2. We did the etched film on all of our windows in the basement. When we moved in you could see everything we stored down there and I didn't want to cover what little light we had. I love the privacy it offers without giving up the light. Oh do I have many 20 minute projects that need to be worked on.

  3. I agree, massive improvement. Can't believe it was that easy to do! I'll be carving out my 20 minutes today. Thanks for the challenge!

  4. Looks great! I've been considering the same thing in our master bath, but wasn't sure how it would do, so I'm glad to see how it ends up. I agree about the 20 minute thing. I always feel SO much better even if I just get some fabric cut out that I've been meaning to do. Just taking baby steps is really helpful in the long run, but it's hard to keep that in mind when the big picture is looming over us.

  5. Hi Carmel! I have been reading your blog for a while now and love it! Love your dining room and fun projects! Your window looks great!

  6. I'm with you on the sheets of stained glass... the simple frosted look is much cleaner and brighter. :) Gets the job done without stealin' the show! Have a great day, Carmel!

  7. Looks fabulous. Yes, the stained glass wasn't very pretty. Nice change. Hugs, Marty

  8. love the frosted look!!! and remind me to cancel my faux stained glass order... i had no idea it was so uncool! ;)

  9. Yay! Why is it that the little projects always seem to take the longest to complete? I think it is all in "Oh, it won't take too long so I can just put it off another day". LOL! It definitely looks better now that it has been Carmel-ized. :-)

  10. Looks great, a real improvement!
    We just tackled a similar project -obscuring an unattractive view-, and were amazed at how it totally transformed our kitchen...

  11. I had no idea they made faux stained glass. I am sure you were happy to know it was faux and could easily be changed. The frosted glass is a much better option! Don't you love the simple solutions :)?

  12. So much better! I love projects that are quick and easy but make a big impact like this one! :)

  13. What a simple project with such a positive result! I love it! Turned out great! I have done things like this in our home and my husband won't notice. It absolutely amazes me! Maybe this explains why they can't find the mayonnaise in the 'fridge!


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