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« on: December 12, 2003 08:06:07 AM »

I have a window directly over my bathtub so that it's in the bathtub/shower area.  Someone could walk up to the window, look in, and see me up close and personal as I shower.   Shocked
Right now there is an old, delapidated set of indoor wooden shutters that look bad and don't provide adequate privacy.  

What would you suggest to use as a window covering that will withstand being wet and give total privacy?  Ideally, it would be something I can open when I want to get more light in the room.
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2003 08:23:43 AM »

How about a little curtain made out of a shower curtain?  Just cut it to size.  You can buy an expandable rod to fit in the window at any Bed Bath & Beyond type or Home Depot type store.


« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2003 08:24:32 AM »

My first thought was to frost the window, like this:  http://megan.scatterbrain.org/notmartha/tomake/windowfrosting.html - it would still let in light, but as you can see from her example, you really can't see through it.  But maybe that's not as opaque as you were thinking...
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2003 09:40:40 AM »

Does the window have a sill? You could go to Home Depot (or here: http://www.apmdirect.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/glassblock/thinline.html?L+scstore+nkbp0546ff5efa5e+1068748783  - free shipping!) and stack some of these glass blocks on the sill. You could take 'em off when you want.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2003 09:52:20 AM »

Yes, the window has a sill.  It's an ordinary, old-fashioned, multi-pane window - the kind that are hung by ropes on the side.  Huh (does that make any sense? - don't know the correct term).

Thanks for the ideas so far - ya'll are so great.
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2003 10:21:27 AM »

What about the glass paint that makes stuff look like stained glass?

I would love to see something sassier though.  Like a picture of yourself peaking over something and putting that in the window so it looks like you're peaking out.  Laminate it or something and stick it up there.

Or paint something on the little shower curtain that says '$1 a peep' , 'In your dreams', 'slippery when wet' or something.

Oooh!!!  What about that paper that goes on fish tanks?  They make themed paper that sticks to the back of fish tanks.  Underwater scenes and stuff.  I bet that would work for you.  You can buy it by the foot, I think, at pet stores.

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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2003 10:34:04 AM »

we have a roller blind in our bathroom, made out of shower proof fabric. you can get some really funky laminated fabrics in home dec areas  Smiley

i roll it down when taking a shower, and roll it back up when i'm done. only thing is, you usually need the bathroom light on when it's down...

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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2003 12:08:11 PM »

Is there a way to "waterproof" regular fabric?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2003 01:41:26 PM »

You can waterproof regular cotton fabric with 4 coats of polyurethane(sp?)... But, the fabric gets pretty stiff. You could make a nice roman shade that way.
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2003 02:11:17 PM »

My suggestion is along the line of the other posters who suggest a translucent effect. In the window industry, this is called obscured glass -- what you typically see in a public restoom.  Now being a cheapskate ecomomically astute person, I know you're not looking to replace that pane of glass, but here's a hint I picked up from the local jail: sandblast the window pane. Perhaps you can't sandblast it, but it's possible to simply sand the glass, or otherwise scratch it to obtain the desired effect.

Of course, if you don't like it, it's not reversible.


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