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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Privacy and Light - Over the Tub!

I have always felt that the second best place for Gallery Glass is in the bathroom. (The most popular location is entry windows.)  I wouldn't be completely fair if I didn't caution people about the humidity in a bathroom that can possibly be a problem. I personally have found that "normal" humidity is not a problem--it's the "extremes" that cause us to get letters. If you leave your windows open in all seasons, have teenagers that take 2 hr. showers, live in Alaska or in an equatorial country such as Brazil, you probably should not put Gallery Glass on your bathroom window--because these are "extremes". ALSO, if your window frequently runs with moisture or clouds over with condensation regularly--it is probably not a good candidate for Gallery Glass window treatments. However, if your window does not fall into any of these categories--you might be interested in this project.
A few weeks ago, I shared the story of the decorating projects that we took on for my daughter's home in Augusta. They are almost all accomplished, but we had saved the best for last. She had ordered a blind for the window because other windows in the home were a priority. AND, we couldn't decide exactly what we wanted to do--design wise. It took some time to live with the space and decide what she wanted to do in the room. It was apparent by the end of the first week that the blind was not going to work. The bathroom was too dark. Her bedroom is done with a "sea island" theme, so we started surfing for designs. When we found the palm fronds--we both agreed that it was perfect.

The window is divided into 4 large 21" square panes of glass, so it was tricky to get the palm leaves to extend from section to section. I drew lines through the original small design, then blew up each quadrant separately. I cut the squares from thin styrene that I had ordered from the Internet. It is less expensive than Plexiglas and I can cut it easily with a craft knife. I occasionally order boxes of pre-cut styrene from eBay (nuggetgirl1021) in the sizes that I most often use. The boxes of panels range from 5"x7" to 28"x32", but you have to special order the size you need, if you don't see it listed on her site. I cut these 4 panels from 24"x36" panels.

I used the off-cuts for the small panes to go over the shower and adapted one of the palms in the large design to fit the smaller panes.
We were happy with the results. She decided to leave the blind at the top of the window, and asked me to make a curtain to cover it. We had some upholstery fabric left over from the bathroom chair so, I bought some beaded trim and a pattern from JoAnn's fabrics to complete the treatment. Easy enough for a former Home Economics teacher.
You may have seen the story that I posted on June 24th that shows another design in the shower. I had made 4 clear panels for the shower window, so I cut them to fit the panes in the downstairs bath behind the kitchen. The only problem was that there are 8 panes in the window, so that means that 4 more had to be created to finish out the project. Will it NEVER END?


  1. The bathroom is one of the most used areas in the house so it should be well-lit, and that’s just what glass windows are for. The problem is if you live somewhere that's extremely humid, glass gallery treatments wouldn’t be wise. Curtains might help, but you have to go for something with a light shade so it wouldn’t obstruct the design. Merrill @

  2. Is that the curtain you made from the scrap of upholstery fabric of the bathroom chair? It’s cute! Looks far from a leftover fabric. How about that one on the first photo? Did you make that one too? You must be a window treatment expert! =D Roxie @