Bye-Bye Faux Window.

When we first moved into this house, we knew one of the first rooms we wanted to tackle was the master bathroom. Here's a reminder of what it looked like...

Here's a close up shot of the offending window...

That faux stained glass insert just had to go. Along with the Kermit the Frog green. A friend who recently saw the bathroom for the first time actually said, "Oh it really is Kermit green. I thought you were exaggerating". Nope. Friends, it really is that horrible in person.

Now the great thing about this bathroom is that is had great bones. It's large, has great storage and lighting in all the right places. The only thing we need to do is give it a few updates. I do have a master plan for way, way down the road, but I believe you do what you can, when you can afford it. We can swing a few easy updates like a new coat of paint and a few accessories, but future plans for tiling, a new shower and more built-in cabinets will have to wait.

We decided to start with the most obvious feature, the faux stained glass window. I thought it would pop out pretty easily, but true to DIY fashion, it was a bit more intensive than that. The insert was actually being held in place by part of the window trim. I started by running a razor blade on either side of the trim to loosen it from any paint or caulk holding it in place.

Next, I used a screwdriver to try and pry up the trim. You can see where I made several nicks in the surrounding trim trying to get it off. Those holes didn't concern me too much since I knew I would have to paint and caulk everything once the trim was replaced.

After prying up all the trim, this is what I was left with. Not too pretty, but allowed easy access to remove the insert.

And here's the most beautiful shot in the post...the hideous window finally starting to come down. There may or may not have been a couple high fives at this point. Luckily Justin was there to help me actually remove this beast. It started to crack as we were taking it down and how it didn't completely shatter on the bathroom floor I'll never know. It's currently sitting in our garage waiting to be taken to the trash heap. We're completely fine with the fact that if we hear a loud crashing noise from the garage, it'll be this this thing finally breaking into a million pieces. You know why? Because it's finally out of our bathroom. Out of sight, out of mind is my current motto.

And will you look at that? There was a beautiful window hiding back there the whole time. I wish we could leave it like this but I'm not entirely comfortable with the whole exhibitionist idea. It was pretty for the 10 minutes it stayed like that, but alas I pressed on. (And evidently pressed on the picture. Please ignore my finger.)

I ordered { this } window film online and it took me about 45 minutes to add it to the window. I can't say I would recommend doing this to a large window that you are planning to leave uncovered. You could see every seam since they don't sell it in a wide width (see picture at bottom of post) and it was nearly impossible to get out all the air bubbles. I will say it does a great job of letting in light, while adding a good bit of privacy. It worked fine for us since we plan on adding blinds, but I'd try another route if you're leaving it bare.

Putting the trim back up was also pretty easy. I used some wood glue and trim nails to ensure a cozy fit. For some reason, the previous owners had a flat piece of trim at the bottom of the window but an angled piece at the top. We learned from hanging blinds in the bedroom that angled trim pieces don't allow for easy installation of blinds. We plan on adding blinds to this window down the road so I simply switched the trim pieces and put the top piece on the bottom and vice versa.

This is what we were left with after switching the trim pieces. Not a perfect fit, but nothing some caulk and paint couldn't fix.

Finally, the finished picture! I know it's dark, but I'll have a better picture to share soon. (Hint: The walls aren't green anymore!)

I still have some painting and caulking to finish up, but we're really happy with the outcome. All we need now is 2" blinds and a roman shade for the top! What about you guys? Did you tackle any fun weekend projects?