I need ideas.

Our upstairs bathroom has a sizable glass block window. This is not surprising. Bathrooms often have glass block windows. Admits light, but preserves privacy, right?

What is somewhat disconcerting is the location of the glass block window. It the top half of the wall between the bathroom and the rest of the house. It’s unique. You can’t REALLY see through it unless you put your nose right up against it, but the blocks aren’t frosted or anything. It freaks Ken out, so he strategically positioned a bookshelf in front of part of it outside the bathroom. My opinion is that this is not a permanent solution (I want the bookshelf in the office/loft). I figured that somewhere in the vast expanses of the internet (but probably on Apartment Therapy) someone would have come up with an attractive way to modify a glass-block wall. It seems that this is not the case. So… We get to be creative!

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Any clever ideas for attractively increasing our sense of privacy?

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6 Responses to “I need ideas.”


  1. 1 Ronnie January 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Blackout curtains. Everywhere.

  2. 2 Lauren January 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Use something like this? http://rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=106
    Depends how private you want it I suppose and some people said stuff online about it scratching off. Otherwise you could try etching cream though they say that’s hard to get consistent.

  3. 3 Nicole January 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Just get some HF, problem solved :). Hehe, j/k.

  4. 4 pitasmit@gmail.com January 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Paint it? Maybe with a varnish? Or find a stained glass window (framed) and put it in front of the glass bricks? I don’t like glass bricks myself. I’d rather have a window that is frosted – could you remove the bricks and put a window with frosting or shutters in?

    What about hanging a horizonal slat canadian Cedar venetian blind on the inside? The cedar wood works well in moist environments better than others.

  5. 5 coldwork January 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Ronnie: You are very helpful.
    Lauren: Probably the best option aside from tearing out the bricks.
    Nicole:HF was my first thought. Not sure I want to risk dissolving my bones though…
    Peter: The Venetian blind idea has merit -No chemicals, no major construction, few issues with moisture.

    Thanks everyone!

  6. 6 Megan Mureen January 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001MYLELC/ref=mp_s_a_7?qid=1327877951&sr=8-7

    You could put decorative frosted glass film over it. :)


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