EASY Lace Window Treatment For Light, Beauty & Privacy

by Tammy Taylor

 

Our guest bathroom has only one tiny up-high window. Although I love the light green-tea color we painted this bathroom, it does darken this small room a bit with such a small window offering the only light.   I’ve used my grandmother’s dresser scarf – embellished by her hand – as a sentimental valance window covering so that the window will look finished while still allowing in as much light as possible.

Since our guest bathroom comes complete with a pedestal sink & large vintage claw-foot tub I love how this sentimental old vintage scarf maintains the old-time look I’m after.  But since it is a bathroom after-all, there needs to be more privacy than just a valance.

So to provide the privacy needed we’ve added mini blinds to the window as well.  I’ve always thought that the mini blinds made the window look a little “wah-wah-wah-waaaaaaaah!”

I wonder if there’s a way to keep the old-time charm & still offer both privacy & natural light.  hummm….

My bathroom window is small but it needs to be covered for privacy. I easily added a beautiful lace window treatment directly to the glass. PERFECT, and totally removable if needed. #TexasHomesteader

Lace Window Treatment is Completely Reversible

Then I read an idea on Annabel Vita about using lace & a simple paste made of cornstarch and water to decoratively cover the glass itself and make it opaque.  The beauty of this method is that it’s completely reversible. So it would work very well for people living in temporary accommodations such as apartments or rent houses.

I’m reading that if you ever want a clear window back that a sponge with hot water will dissolve the corn starch and you simply pull the lace off and clean the remaining residue off the window and it’s like it was never there in the first place!  Ever since I read about this window treatment I’ve been pretty anxious to try it and woo-hoo today’s the day!

Finding The Right Lace

Several weeks ago in preparation for today’s mission my aunt helped me search for the perfect lace.  I wanted something very lightweight and with a subtle pattern.  I would have really liked to have found said lace as a window panel or veil at a garage sale so I could have bought it used which would make my crunchy-green heart very happy. but everything I saw was either too heavy or had way too much pattern.  So to JoAnn’s Fabrics we went, and I found this bundle of loveliness. I knew it would be perfect for my project.

My bathroom window is small but it needs to be covered for privacy. I easily added a beautiful lace window treatment directly to the glass. PERFECT, and totally removable if needed. #TexasHomesteader

The reader’s digest version of this project:  Wash the window, cut a template, cut the lace, mix up the paste, slather it on window, attach lace, slather paste on outside of lace, DONE.

(Editor’s note:  No matter how handsome is the cowboy that’s trying to convince you that you don’t need a template, that you can just cut the lace an inch larger than you need & trim down when it’s on the window – don’t listen.  Really, just walk away.  It doesn’t work.  Eh-hem…)

Trimming The Lace

So I began.  I pulled out the lace and measured my window to make sure I had plenty of lace.  I brought out a large paper feed sack to use for my window templates. But my handsome RancherMan told me that was doing it the hard way. He suggested I just trim any excess when the lace dries.

“But, it’s not a solid material – it’s LACE.” I protested.  “I don’t think it will trim the same as you’re suggesting.” I continued.  (Que 15 minutes of back-n-forth dialogue of me offering up concerns and him offering up counter-arguments.)

Well, I thought, my man is usually right. Maybe I am doing it the hard way.  Maybe I really can just trim the excess afterward. So I decided to give his way a go.

(please see above paragraph.  Just.  Say.  No.)   Trust me, your project will be much simplified if you first make a template out of paper, pin the lace to the template, cut the lace and go from there.  ‘Nuff said – skip to the next step…

Making Lace Glue Using Cornstarch

Now that the lace is cut I make my cornstarch paste by adding 1 Tablespoon cornstarch to 1 Tablespoon cold water and stirring to blend it all in.  Then I placed 1 and a half cups of water in a microwave-safe bowl and heated it to boiling and poured my cornstarch mixture into the boiled water, stirring to thoroughly blend it and allowing it to cool somewhat.  The texture became much like a thin off-white glue.

Applying The Glue To The Glass

Now it’s show time!  I take my cut lace pieces, my bowl of cornstarch paste and a soft-bristled paintbrush into the bathroom.  Using a paintbrush I slather my paste onto my clean windows in a random pattern.  I think a random pattern keeps any lines or streaks from being prevalent in your finished look.

My bathroom window is small but it needs to be covered for privacy. I easily added a beautiful lace window treatment directly to the glass. PERFECT, and totally removable if needed. #TexasHomesteader

Applying The Lace

Then I position the lace on the window and press to attach it. Finally I take my paintbrush and dip it in the cornstarch paste again and slather it on the outside of the lace to seal it all in, again in a random pattern.  PERFECT!

My bathroom window is small but it needs to be covered for privacy. I easily added a beautiful lace window treatment directly to the glass. PERFECT, and totally removable if needed. #TexasHomesteader

When the cornstarch dried I went in with another layer to more evenly cover the lace.  It turned out perfectly.  Now all that’s left to complete is to trim the excess lace (eh hemm…) and I’m all done.

I absolutely love the way it looks.  It solves all my bathroom-window problems.  I’s pretty, the lace lets in light, the window treatment offers privacy.  And it still keeps the old-time look I love.

My bathroom window is small but it needs to be covered for privacy. I easily added a beautiful lace window treatment directly to the glass. PERFECT, and totally removable if needed. #TexasHomesteader

I’m reading there are a few situations that aren’t ideal for this type of window treatment.  Situations such as a location where the lace can get splattered and need to be cleaned such as over a sink.  And I’d think frequent heavy steam might be a detriment to it as well.

My bathroom window is small but it needs to be covered for privacy. I easily added a beautiful lace window treatment directly to the glass. PERFECT, and totally removable if needed. #TexasHomesteader

Of course the way I look at it is if you don’t like it, it’s easy-peasy to remove.  All it takes is  just a sponge and some hot water.  So you really can’t lose, and nothing ventured nothing gained! Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

~TxH~

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39 thoughts on “EASY Lace Window Treatment For Light, Beauty & Privacy

  1. Greg Hill

    Hello Tammy, Nicely written article about repurposing your grandmother’s lace for a privacy window treatment. Very Good Idea, and great little project for those who enjoy using something personal from family members we love. Nice that you would share this again from some years ago. I was wondering how it is holding up after these 5 years. The look was wonderful and it did keep the theme of old time. I particularly enjoyed the part about ” Just. Say. No. “…. Being that I’m a man and we are not always right about things… enough said …lol. If I were doing this, I might have starched them stiff first with an iron, as cutting them they might fray less and I probably would have used a razor knife and straight edge. You didn’t really say how you cut the lace in your article , so I was assuming you used scissors. How ever, I was thinking if starched first they would become stiff and easier to cut to window pane size, applying your corn starch paste to the window and then applying the lace with the fina top coat over that. Just my idea of how I might approach this. No matter what I think this Idea was what I call a Super Special Repurpose , because you used something handed down to you and instead of it being folded in the dresser drawer out of sight . They were now visible all the time for our memory and serving a different function. Absolutely making out grandmothers Proud, and I’m sure she was. Thanks for sharing this article again it’s totally an awesome repurpose. Pinned and will be sharing it on The World Repurposing and Upcycling and Discover Repurposing for sure. Greg

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      LOL. Yeah, RancherMan’s almost always right about these things, but this time? Well let’s just say it’s good he’s so handsome! 🙂 But it all worked out well and we got everything cut to fit. And the laced glass panes are still holding up as beautifully as the day they were crafted. ~TxH~

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  2. Chelsy

    Thank you so much for your response! I was curious because I have heard of people having issues with corn starch molding in the past (recently our community had a colour run fundraiser and the “colours” were corn starch based and went moldy before the event :o), but perhaps once it’s dry its fine? I am super excited to try this 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I didn’t have any trouble with mold Chelsy, but mold in my bathroom isn’t typically a problem anyway. I suppose it could be like any other surface in your bathroom if mold is typically a problem in that locale, perhaps lessened with adequate ventilation or use of an exhaust fan? BUT, it’s completely reversible so if it did end up being a problem down the road it can be easily removed.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      So. DANG. Easy! And since it’s totally reversible there’s nothing to lose Elaine. ~TMH~

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  3. sahana

    Really a great and unique idea. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again this week.

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  4. Beth

    Wow, NEVER would have thought of that! What a great option for renters. Thanks for sharing with Simply Natural Saturdays.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I really wish I’d known about this when we had those dang sidelights next to our door when we lived in the city. I hated the tension curtain rods/sheers window treatment we were stuck with back then. ~TMH~

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  5. Mary-the boondocks blog

    What a beautiful idea. I didn’t know this was possible. I think this looks so pretty instead of just a lace curtain or those fuzzy windows we sometimes have. I am hosting a link party which is called Sweet Inspiration. Now if anything is sweet it is this idea. Come and join us, we run Friday till Tuesday.

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  6. Brooke of Passport Couture

    I never would have thought to add lace to a window, but this adds a great touch of design to any room. What a fantastic idea that’s simple and fun to add just the right accent to home decor!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      OMGosh Brooke, this is by far my favorite craft and I love the way it turned out! ~TMH~

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  7. Katy SkipTheBag

    Wow. I would have never thought about this! I love the way yours turned out. I’m wishing I had a window to do this to, but sadly all my windows are still a little too public (and facing an elementary school!) to risk the lace being a little too see through. Thanks for posting this on the #sustainablesunday linkup!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I can’t see anything through the lace Katy, even with my face pressed very closely since it’s painted on with a very opaque mixture of cornstarch & water. But I understand your reservation. ~TMH~

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  8. Connie

    I love this and want to give it a try. Thank you! I went ahead and pinned this, so that I can come back after I purchase a bigger container of cornstarch. Oh, and lace . . . this is so pretty, thanks again 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      OMGosh Connie – I love the way this turned out and I get so many compliments on it. It’s by far my favorite (and most successful) craft evah! ~TMH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      OMGosh Karen, I love the way it turned out! I get many compliments and it fits so perfectly with the decor in the guest bath. I wish I’d known about this when I was looking for a way to cover the sidelights on either side of the door when we lived in the city! ~TMH~

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  9. Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been

    Wow, I had NO IDEA cornstarch could do that!! I really like your tip about painting in a random pattern to keep brushstrokes and lines less noticeable…..genius!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! We hope you’ll join us again this week! 🙂

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  10. Elaine

    I so want to try this! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you again this week!! Love having you!! Pinned!!!

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  11. Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

    I love this look and like the fact is reversible. I’m trying to figure out which window I can do this in!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes Vickie, give it a try. Remember to go with a lace that has a very subtle pattern so your window doesn’t look too heavy. I absolute love the way this turned out. ~TMR~

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  12. Nina

    Hi! I love this idea . . . . thanks for sharing. Now I’m thinking of places where we could try this technique – it turned out beautiful. And thanks for the warning about using a template ;o) I’m stopping by from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. So glad you could join the weekly party and hope to see you again this coming week. Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Nina. I’ll admit I was so very pleasantly surprised that it turned out exactly like I wanted it. PERFECT! ~TMR~

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  13. Finaorlena

    Thanks for the Reader’s Digest version, I’ll remember that about cowboys 😉 But seriously, thanks for sharing your idea (found it over at Front Porch Friday), I’ll pin it to come back to later. 🙂

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  14. Patricia

    I hadn’t thought of this for glass and privacy; but I’ve seen it used with vintage sheets on walls! Especially in a rental or temporary situation. I say good job! And thanks for the cowboy tips 😉

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  15. Melissa French, The More With Less Mom

    This is so genius. I’ve been looking for something like this for forever. Thanks for posting. Hello from Mostly Homemade Mondays.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Give it a try Melissa, I’m beyond thrilled with the way it turned out in our home. ~TMR~

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  16. Gentle Joy

    What a great idea (although I would have trouble not being ABLE to see out the window if I wanted to. 🙂 This post is great… and I LOVE the helpful hints about the handsome cowboy!!! I have learned some of my own from my man too. 🙂 I really like how your bathroom looks unified and not like it is unsure of what time period to be in now. 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Of course you could slide the window open to peek out if need be – there’d be no mini blinds in the way so t’would be easy to do. In our case the window’s over our tub so there’s not much need to look out that window in the first place. It worked PERFECT for us. ~TMR~

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  17. DFW

    I have 2 side windows by my front door that I think this will work wonderfully. I am going to start looking for lace at the many Estate Sales I go to. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Oh man, at a previous home we had those two side lights on either side of our front door too, it would have been great there. I hated the tension-rod sheers that we had to use there. Let us know how you like it!! ~TMR~

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