Conquering the not-great View

Conquering the not-great View

I have had a disappointing view from one of the master bedroom windows for, well, as long as we have owned the house, twenty years. My answer has been to keep the curtains closed on that side of the room. We have another window which lets in a fair amount of light. I was not in the bedroom much except to sleep so that was an acceptable solution then.

View of neighbor’s backyard from my master bedroom window

Now that I work from home, I am in and out of my bedroom much more often during the day and this dark corner started to bother and annoy me.

And then I realized I had a ready made solution right in the house.

I made this fake stained glass window years ago. I bought an old window from a friend thinking I would do a different craft involving sea glass pebbles. Anyway, in the craft section of Walmart I found the supplies for making fake stained glass. You can also find the materials at Michael’s.

It has been 15 years since I made this window. However I remember that it was quite easy and an almost zen-like experience. The “leaded” shapes are pre-made. The squares and diamonds, those fleur-de-lis pieces, all of those come pre-formed. I took the time to plan my layout and measure. Planning is so important on any project, right?

I realize the window might look better if I hung it so that it is centered in the window frame. However, we just got new windows for the house and I can not make a hole in the perfect sash I now have.

This bedroom is getting a refresh but it is an extremely slow process. You can see the corner of a bench on some of the pictures here. I am not keeping that. What to keep and what to get rid of are decisions yet to be made. Balancing simplicity and starkness can be a struggle at times. Ha!

I found a few tutorials online that may help you get started: here, and here.

What solutions have you found to hide unsightly views or add privacy without sacrificing sunlight?

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