How to Dress a Bathroom Window

Updated April 17, 2017

Monograms are an elegant way to turn your family initials into a decorative accent. Etching the family initials directly onto the bathroom window is an excellent way to frost your windows for added privacy while adding a personal touch. Glass etching is commonly available in craft stores and fairly simple to use. The key here is to cover any surface that you want to remain transparent on your window with a vinyl adhesive. Everything outside of the covered surface will be frosted with the etching cream.

Measure the height and length of your bathroom window.

Cut a piece of paper matched to the dimensions of your bathroom window.

Use letter stencils and markers to draw your family initials onto the piece of paper. Center the drawn initials toward the centre of the paper window panel. If you prefer, use letter stencils to spell out a word or phrase instead.

Tape the stencil to the exterior of your bathroom window, facing toward the interior of the house. You will want to see the stencil clearly from standing inside the bathroom looking out the window.

Position the stencil carefully so that the letters or words are centred correctly.

Cover the inside of the bathroom window with clear self-adhesive vinyl. Cut the vinyl strips to match the dimensions of the window. Remove the vinyl from its backing and press firmly against the window. Use a squeegee to flatten the vinyl against the glass surface and remove air bubbles.

Use a utility knife to trace carefully around the outline of the letter stencils visible from the exterior of the window.

Leave the completed vinyl letters attached to the window and remove the remainder of the vinyl from the window and discard.

Verify that the edge of the vinyl letters are secured tightly to the glass. If they are not secure, flatten them again with the squeegee.

Dry any residual moisture from the glass with a paper towel.

Use a paintbrush to cover the entire surface of the glass with an even coat of etching cream.

Consult the etching cream packaging as to how long to leave the cream on the window to allow the chemicals to properly process.

Clean off the remaining cream thoroughly with a damp disposable washcloth. The cream must be completely removed from the window. Dry with a paper towel. The entire surface of the exposed window should now be frosted.

Remove the vinyl letters from the window. The glass beneath the letters should remain transparent.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Stencils
  • Marker
  • Tape
  • Vinyl adhesive
  • Squeegee
  • Utility knife
  • Paper towels
  • Etching cream
  • Paintbrush
  • Washcloth


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Tina Lane is a freelance writer and blogger in the Cincinnati and Dayton area. Her work has been published in the Eastsider Magazine, The Voice of the Miami Valley, and various online media. She blogs at, where she has been writing for two years. Tina is a Rollins College Alumni.