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Fast forward ten-ish months and the windows are still naked.
A more attractive alternative was well overdue. We also wanted something a little more graphic yet subtle. So we decided to design and cut our own contact paper pattern. I played around with a few different patterns, keeping in mind I would have to cut each peace and place it on the window by hand.
In other words, simplicity was key. I then came across this Moroccan-Vintage-esque tile on Pinterest here.
Not only would it make a dreamy Window paper for a kitchen, but I loved the overall shape. I imported the image over into Photoshop, traced it, then started to lay out my window.
I drew everything to scale so I could see how big I wanted each piece to be. This also helped me know how many pieces I would have to cut. I printed the pattern on a piece of card stock to make a stencil Click here to download the stencil! It was tedious, but I felt really proud of myself when I had all 76 perfectly-cut stickers — enough for both back doors.
From this point on, the process is pretty self-explanatory. But here are a few things I wish I would have known before I got started: When tracing the stencil onto the contact paper, draw on the paper side, not contact paper itself.
I had a total blonde-moment. Rather than making a lot of little, short cuts when cutting out your design, keep the scissors moving. This will give you a much cleaner line. Make sure you clean the window as well as humanly possible before starting to applying the pieces to the window.
After you finish applying each row, wipe off any finger prints you left on the window with a dry cloth before you start on the next row.
When peeling the contact paper backing, do it slowly. If the contact paper creases or wrinkles the slightest bit, it will show up on the window, no matter how much you try to smooth it out. When I first started, I would get a bubble and freak out and try to rub it out really hard and quickly.
That always ended up with a crease so I had to do it over. I later found that rubbing out the bubble lightly and slowly worked much better. When it was all said and done, and my hands had a chance to rest, Greg and I were both really happy with the end result…. We were actually kind of surprised how non-DIY it looked.
If we end up loving it after the kitchen is installed, we might look into a more permanent application of the same design, like etching. Click here to download!Paper Bags: Our poly-lined paper bags come in six different color choices for more packaging flexibility.
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