I have always loved seeing window boxes on houses. They just add so much design and beauty to your windows and can really improve your curb appeal. If you have always loved them too and you want to add some window boxes to your home, I have a wonderful list of 20 DIY window boxes […]
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Spring is the perfect season to do a little reorganizing, decorating, and cleaning (we didn’t save the best for last—ha!). If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to refresh your space, try some new wall art. Here’s a list of favorites that gave us all the heart eyes:
01. Seeing the world through plant lady glasses!
02. You can never have too much kindness OR confetti.
03. We firmly believe every home needs at least one rainbow print.
04. Those fluffy bangs are SO cute.
06. We have this thing for pink and green. Oh, and cacti.
07. Feelin’ those cool-girl vibes.
08. It’s impossible to pick a favorite print from our friend Arielle’s shop, but this one comes close.
09. Home sweet apartment.
10. If lazy sloths can do yoga, so can we.
11. We’ve had our eye on this pink floral print for months. So pretty!
12. This pineapple print would be so cute in a kitchen.
14. Mean Girls foreverrrrr.
15. What’s not to love about this beachy view?
16. The prettiest plums. This one makes us so happy!
17. If you’re looking for something framed, we love this palm print.
18. Champagne is always a good idea.
We hope you find something perfect for your space! And if you’re looking for some DIY options, be sure to check out our wall art archives.
Making a DIY window privacy screen is an awesome option if you can’t hang curtains, have an odd-shaped window, or would love to move the privacy screen to block out light that shifts throughout the day!
Do you remember my excitement when I saw this privacy window screen during a home tour?
I had gone to the DC Design House home tour, and I wrote a post called 10 Ways to Decorate Your House Like the Pros. I was blown away by this idea of a removable privacy window screen, so I included it on my list as #8!
Usually, I’m obsessed with curtains because I love sunlight and the way curtains on a bare window can expose the whole view.
But the idea of a window privacy screen that can easily be removed or moved up and down was so cool that I decided one day I’d make my own.
Below I share with you the tutorial, along with some “lessons learned” when you’re ready to make your own DIY window privacy screen.
Materials Needed for a DIY Privacy Window Screen
This is a simple project, but there are a few things you’ll need.
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- Strips of plywood or inexpensive pine.
- Sheer fabric (like lining fabric or muslin)
- Jigsaw or some other tool to cut your wood to size.
- Rotary cutter or scissors
- Cutting mat
- Tape measure and ruler or straight edge
- Paint and stencil (I used my favorite stencil)
- Glue gun or spray adhesive
STEP 1: Grab Your Tape Measure
The first thing you have to do to make a privacy window screen is to measure your window in 2 places: the width of your window and how high you want your DIY privacy window panel to be.
I wanted mine a little more than half the window, so I measured in these areas: across and down.
Here’s what you have to remember, though.
Whatever height and width you want your window privacy screen to be, you’ll need to account for the thickness of the wood. If you’d like the total height to be 20 inches high, then the side pieces, the top, and the bottom must total 20 inches.
For example, as seen in the picture below, if my top piece and bottom piece of wood are 1.25 inch each, my side pieces must be 17.5 inches. Add it all up and you get 20 inches. (1.25 + 1.25 + 17.50 = 20 inches total in height).
When I did my measurements, I forgot to keep this in mind and made mine a tad too tall. LOL
Aren’t you glad you can learn from my careless mistakes??
TIP: Click here to watch this YouTube video for tips on how to take measurements inside of windows and other awkward spaces!
STEP 2: Cut Out Your Wood
This is what will make up the DIY window privacy screen frame: just 4 pieces of skinny wood that you’ll glue and/or nail together.
You don’t have to cut yours out like I did with a jigsaw. I only used this 3/4″ plywood because it’s what I had on hand.
If you go to your local home improvement store, they sell skinny pieces of wood in 1 inch x 2 inch sizes like this that would work just as well.
And if you don’t have a power tool, don’t worry!
You can use a handsaw, like this miter box, which makes cutting small pieces of wood super easy. Just set your wood on it and cut!
I think they range from $8 – $16, which is super affordable.
STEP 3: Test Fit the Pieces of Your Privacy Screen
Before you glue or nail them together, make sure you test fit them.
You’ll want your pieces to fit snuggly, but not so snug that you won’t be able to adjust the privacy screen in the window.
When I test fitted my pieces, I realized that the bottom and middle of the window were larger than the top part of the window. It was going to be much too tight!
STEP 4: Glue or Nail It Together
Now you just have to glue or nail the pieces of the frame together.
It will make a nice square or rectangle, depending on the size you make.
I like to use corner clamps so that I get a nice 90-degree angle Otherwise, I tend to mess up my angles and things get wonky! You see–we DIYers make just as many mistakes! LOL
STEP 5: Cut Out Your Fabric
If you’re using sheer fabric that won’t need cutting out, then you can skip this step. For me, I had to not only cut my fabric, but I had to join it together with Heat ‘n Bond fusible iron-on tape so that it created a larger piece to fit over the wood privacy screen frame.
Be sure to use thin lining material (or thin muslin) so that you don’t block the sunlight coming through your windows.
I already had this fabric on hand, but there wasn’t very much.
TIP: A reader had a great idea: You can also use a thin white lining material on the back if you’re worried about colorful fabric showing through to the exterior of your home.
I have a larger cutting mat, but because it’s so big, I never pull it out. It’s too cumbersome!
STEP 6: Stencil Your Fabric
I decided to use one of my favorite trellis stencils for the window privacy screen.
But first, I mixed my own paint to get the shade of purple that would compliment the lavender in my bathroom.
I had some chalked paint on hand and just mixed red and blue.
Related: What’s the Best Paint for Furniture?
I thought I was going to use my roller stamp, but I didn’t like the outcome when I did a test fabric.
Blehhhhh, not really all that cute! A bit blotchier than I would have liked…
So I went with my tried and trusted favorite trellis stencil.
STEP 7: Glue the Fabric to the Frame
You can use hot glue like I did or spray adhesive for fabric.
Just make sure the fabric is evenly spaced so that you’ve got enough fabric to glue on each side.
I would recommend you have a large piece of fabric that will allow you to wrap it around to the back side.
I didn’t have enough to do that, though.
You can use the rotary cutter to easily trim off the excess if you’d rather it be flush with the edge of the wood frame.
STEP 8: Fit the Privacy Screen In the Window
This is the true test!
Did you take the right measurements?
Is your fabric too bulky and now the perfectly measured DIY window privacy screen won’t fit?
Because my window is more narrow at the top, it was a tight squeeze for it to get in, so I made some adjustments, including sanding down the side a bit. But since it was just hot glued on, it wasn’t a problem to adjust it.
Let’s take another look at the BEFORE and AFTER.
Since it’s adjustable, you can slide it up or down when you need or don’t need privacy!
Because my window is a little snug at the top, it takes a little bit more effort for me, but I’ll make those adjustments so it slides more easily. Love that!
See how you can move it up and down? Keep it up during the day to see outside. Put it down at night for privacy. Love it!
I loved how it looked when I turned off the bathroom light, too!
There were definitely some things I would do differently next time.
- Don’t stencil the edges of the window privacy screen. Because it’s such a tight fit (and because the paint hadn’t totally dried by the time I tried to fit it in), the paint started rubbing off on the window sill. Either wait until your stenciled fabric is totally dry before fitting it, or leave the edges un-stenciled.
- Use one whole piece of fabric. Of course, I used what I had and used fusible iron-on tape to make a large piece. But I think it looks better if you use a whole piece of fabric.
My bathroom makeover turned out great! I build my own 60″ DIY bathroom vanity from scratch for this master bathroom makeover.
I also painted my shower and got rid of this ugly 70’s turquoise shower! You can see the entire video tutorial on how I refinished my shower using a tub refinishing kit.
If you want to see everything that’s been done in the bathroom to get ideas and inspiration, check out the posts below!
Read the Rest of this Bathroom Makeover Series!
Catch up on this entire master bathroom makeover series!
Day 52: How to Remove a Toilet Yourself
DAY 57: How to Install a Toilet Yourself
So what do you think? Do you think you could make this privacy window screen?
This tutorial is for beginners wanting to put together their first succulent arrangement. I also use items from the thrift store for a unique look. You can make your own DIY Succulent garden with ease and of course creativity.
Because beige is no way to start the day.
Ah, there’s nothing better than a nice hot bath at the end of a long work day! I wish I could say I relax in the tub and free my mind of the stress of the day, but that is not me and not how my brain works. Nope, my mind doesn’t free easily, so I have found the best way to actually relax in the tub is to have some distractions.
Most recently, it’s been my favorite little show on Netflix, Grace & Frankie. It’s a fairly light hearted show that is only 3o minutes long. The perfect length for a soak in the tub!
But I had been cramming my iPad with a stand on the pretty little table off to the side of the tub and then I had no room for a beverage! Gasp! What’s a girl to do? Just kidding, clearly this is a first world problem.
Well, this girl, without question, builds what she needs! In fact, building out of necessity is my favorite kind of build. A chance to marry form and function and of course, make it beautiful.
For my bathtub tray I worked with some reclaimed white oak which means the boards were not perfectly level or square. I decided to just embrace it. In truth, a build like this just needs to be square enough to assemble with a nice fit. The rest of the imperfections I like for their organic nature.
I finished the wood with a white wax to give it a soft, cerused finish. I’ll get more into that below.
Here is a rendering of the design.
SKETCH UP GOES HERE
If you would like for your bathtub tray to hold a book instead you could add an extra piece of trim in front of the recess for the iPad. You could also gussy up your tray with a routered glass holder. (Which I had planned to do but I didn’t purchase a circle template before I started the build.)
ANOTHER SKETCH UP HERE
How to build a bathtub tray
You will likely want to create a custom build to suit your tub. I will supply measurements, but feel free to modify as necessary. I had irregular wood. It was mostly a true 1″ thickness and 7 1/2″ wide, which I ripped down to 5 1/4″ before I began.
Building & Finishing Supplies
1″x 8″ wood, roughly 10 feet board length
1 1/2″ pocket hole screws
Sandpaper of various grits, 80,150,200, 400
Annie Sloan White Wax
Drill with 1/2″ Forstner bit or equivelant
Palm Router with 1/2″ bit
Right Angle Clamps
Pocket Hole Jig
Cut the boards to desired width. Be sure to allow enough space for the sides to fit comfortably over the tub without scratching. Mine were 30″ long.
Cut the side overhang boards to the width of your 2 wood planks placed side by side. Mine was 10 1/2″.
Cut the support stand to 5 1/2″ by 7 1/4″.
Then rip down the lip edge from off cut of wood or extra stock. The finished size of the lip is roughly 1″ x 1″. If you want to use new wood you could use a piece of trim molding.
Sand boards before assembling if necessary.
Add pocket holes to the underside of the boards, along the sides to attach the side overhang boards. I also added one in the middle. ( My boards were not perfectly straight so there is a bit of a gap on either side, which I thought might come in handy if there is ever water on the top. It could drip out through the middle.)
Attach the two boards together in the middle. The sides will be attached in STEP 4.
Router out the iPad holder. If you intend to use it for a book instead consider a wider edge.
Find the center of your board and mark out 10 1/2 inches in length to router.
If using a palm router like this one, start by drilling a hole to set the router bit into. Always clamp your working boards securely to a work surface.
I found a depth of 1/4″ to be sufficient.
Clamp a straight piece of trim to the board as a guide. If you are unstable or unsure of your ability to cut straight, clamp another piece of trim to the opposite side of the router to create a channel to slide along.
To attach side overhangs, mark the depth of your lip edges onto the board as a guild while clamping.
Right angle clamps hold the boards tight and aligned while screwing into the pocket holes.
Attach lip edge to the sides of the tray with wood glue and nails from the bottom. I also countersunk screws from the bottom for extra durability and to force my uneven wood to sit flush.
Attach back support with wood glue and nails. Nail from the bottom and side lip edge.
Apply desired finish to your bathtub tray.
I used Annie Sloan white wax to give my white oak a cerused finish.
Apply wax with a brush, taking care not to over apply. Buff with a soft cloth after about 10 minutes.
I might go back and add a clear matte finish after the wax cures, just for extra water protection. But for now it seems sufficient. This is my favorite matte finish.
Now set your finished tub tray over your tub, gather your favorite bath time necessities and relax!!
Around this time of year I usually start longing for budding flowers, pastel colors, and chocolate bunnies. Spring is on it’s way and it couldn’t come soon enough! One of my favorite ways to start adding hints of the coming season through out my house is the use of potted plants. They’re pretty to look […]
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Since I live in a relatively small apartment, I look for space everywhere I can. In my home, there there are few nooks or crannies left unfilled! One of the few spaces left unfilled after two years in this unit was under my bed, and since my shoe collection was getting a little crowded (no shame!), I decided it was time to make my own under-the-bed rolling storage to store away the shoes I wear less often, like my sandals, that would slide easily under the bed and out of sight. It turns out this was easier to achieve than I thought!
As promised, I am back to share the free plans for my DIY Cabinets! If you missed the tour of my shop, you can check it out HERE! We built our home about 4 years ago and one of the reasons we picked this floor plan was because it has an extra single car garage…