So I took matters into my own hands: I frosted most of the windows on our first floor. And I used this:
here; it cost me about 11 bucks for a 24 feet long roll (we had a LOT of windows to cover). I bought two rolls and have lots leftover.
Step 1. First, clean your windows. If there's even a speck of dust or fuzz, it will show, and that's tacky. Clean it well.
Step 2. Spray the pane with cleaning solution (yes, again). Really get it wet.
Step 3. Peel backing off your paper and place on window, over the solution. This will allow you to move it around in case you don't get the placement right the first time. Trim the edges more if necessary. Once you have it placed correctly, begin smoothing out the windex bubbles out. Start from the middle and move outward. You'll have to have a rag ready to clean up the windex drips. Go slowly and it won't be too bad!
One last tip. We have a large bay window in the kitchen to which I wanted to give this same treatment. Problem: it was way wider and taller than our roll. So, I cut out tesselated shapes from the vinyl that would look good with just a little space between them. Embrace those mandatory seams! I chose a simple square pattern, although a morrocan tile (below) would look pretty too. For me, simple was better. This took long enough!instagram // quatrefoil pattern via 7th House on the Left
I love this little trick, and love the change it's brought to our front room. In the summer it's the coolest room of the house; I'm excited to actually want to be down there!
Oh, and in case you're wondering, this is how much you can see from outside at night:
That greenish blob in the left-hand picture is Tim in front of the couch.
Anything not up against the window (like the bottles on the right) are really hard to see)