We have so many updates planned for our new apartment and we keep changing our minds about what’s best to do!
The one change that is certain, however, is that we’ll be turning the long, narrow room next to our bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe. We are already using it as a wardrobe now but instead of having to walk through the hallway to get to it we’ll have a direct door between our bedroom and wardrobe.
One thing we learned the hard way is that you can’t keep your clothes in the sun.
I had a lot of jackets and coats where one side had faded so much that it had turned yellow! Yep, all colour had been completely bleached out of some of my favourite clothes!
In an attempt to stop anything like that ever happening again (I’m still in mourning over some of my jackets that had to be binned) we’ve installed a UV light blocking foil. So, as well as our clothes hopefully staying nice and colourful, there’s also the added bonus for our neighbours who will hopefully not have to see us naked anymore when we get changed!
This is what you will need:
- Window Film (there are loads of different kinds, with different patterns. We opted for a plain frosted one with 99% UV protection)
- Installation Concentrate (or washing up liquid) – we ordered it together with the foil
- Spray Bottle
- Flexible scraper or squeegee
- Ruler (or something else that’s straight to cut along)
- Paper towels
This is how to install a DIY frosted window:
1. Start by thoroughly cleaning the window. You want your window to be as clean as it possibly can as any specks of dirt will be really annoying to remove later on when you’ve attached your foil (trust me – I know!).
2. Cut your foil roughly to the size of the window leaving a few extra centimetres overhang on each side to trim off once you’ve attached the foil to the window.
We could have ordered the film the exact size but given that our window is over 100 years old we figured that it may not be completely square and therefore thought it was better to cut it to size on the window instead.
Mix together the concentrate and some water in a spray bottle and thoroughly wet the window. Alternatively, you could mix the water with some washing up liquid but this could cause the foil to discolour or turn white.
3. Now you’re ready to attach the foil. Peel the protective backing off the foil and spray the side of the foil that you’ll be sticking to the glass with more of the water & concentrate mixture.
The more liquid you use between the foil and the glass the easier it is to attach, move and remove bubbles but you do also tend to flood the area around the window so be ready with your paper towels!
For some reason, I’d expected the foil to be sticky but it wasn’t. As it’s a reusable film it makes total sense but was still a bit of a surprise.
4. Place the film on the window and roughly position it. Then use the squeegee to push out the majority of the air and liquid bubbles – it’s weirdly satisfying and quick to do, before cutting away any excess foil around the edges of the window.
Using a ruler as a guide along the edges as a guide for your cutter made it really easy to cut a perfectly straight line.
This step was a bit fiddly, especially in the corners, but it really wasn’t difficult and if you’ve used a lot of liquid then the foil is easy to reposition and pull up again if you have to.
Once you’ve cut the foil to the size of the window use the squeegee to push out any remaining air bubbles and water. Then it’s just a matter of wiping away the excess moisture and admiring your work.
- It’s definitely easier if there are two of you, especially on larger surfaces.
- Make sure the film more or less fits the window. A large overhang of excess foil makes the installation more difficult.
Ours was quite a bit larger and the edges kept flopping over which made both difficult to press against the window and to cut.
- Make sure the window and foil are really wet. It makes it easier to push out bubbles.
- Use a really sharp blade to cut away the excess foil.
- Squeegee the edges really well! It’s where you’ll tend to miss the odd bubble as they can be difficult to see.
Overall, adding a DIY frosted window is an easy and very forgiving project. We even pulled the foil up a few times when we found specks of dirt under it (no idea how it got there!) and then reattached it.
We’re really pleased with the result. Our clothes will hopefully be safe and won’t be bleached a dirty yellow colour. It’s also nice to have a bit more privacy and block the view to the ugly courtyard (which desperately needs a complete overhaul).
The room obviously still needs a complete makeover and I should probably start to hang some of our art which is stacked against the wall and seems to be multiplying every time I look. Having said that, it does function well as a wardrobe even if it isn’t a pretty space.
The ultimate plan for this room is to have some lovely built-in shelves and clothes rails. Ideally, we’d like something that makes use of the high ceilings, too. At the moment, it’s not a priority though and if I’m honest, I have no idea where to even start planning the room!
Do you have any tips for creating a perfect walk-in wardrobe? What’s your favourite way to organise your clothes? Do you have any tips for making the most of our super high ceiling (it’s about 3.6m!)?