For the longest time I have been talking about adding rice paper film to our french doors to try and soften them and to add a little privacy if we wanted to close off the front of the house from the back.
My mum had spotted some Artscape papers
when she was at Home Depot for the 49785th
time in one week and bought a few rolls home with her to see if we could use it. Ultimately, we did end up returning one of the rolls and swapping it out for a larger width (they come in 12″x83″ & 36″x24″ rolls), but all told, in order to have enough film to cover all 20 rectangles on the French Doors and the strip of glass at the front door we only needed three of the 36″x24″ rolls and one of the 12″x84″ rolls.
The process for hanging each of the pieces is actually pretty simple. I started by assigning the Wee-b the task of creating a template from which to cut out each of the rectangles. Once that was complete we cut up the first roll of paper and moved back in to the Dining Room to prepare for the magic to happen.
The glass in question needs to be cleaned with some sort of window cleaner, dried and then sprayed down with a mixture of water & a few drops of liquid dish soap. Don’t worry too much about the water running, it all comes together in the end. Promise. (pinky swear. For realsies)
Then you get to peel. AWESOME. FUN. You can see it in my crazy eyes. It’s kind of hard to tell until you get started, but there is only one backing layer to the film and the film itself is actually not sticky (just a little static-ee), which makes the next step pretty easy.
Application. Here is where the magic happens (kaboom!)
. You apply the film to the pre-watered glass and don’t worry too much about getting it absolutely perfect on the first go – the excess water on the glass makes it very easy to maneuver the film around and into position. You will get some trapped bubbles, but those are no problem for the…
SQUEEGEE! Poppy Jack assisted with this step, by holding the positioned film in place while i squeegeed the water & bubbles out. A towel/rag is handy to keep by to wipe up some of the excess that drips off. As you begin to move the water out, the film becomes more dry, slightly more permanent and less likely to move.
And the end result?