Sandblasted effect on glass doors

I have previously featured an article on how to create more privacy by using self-adhesive vinyl on glass. In this project I used the same self-adhesive vinyl to add a decorative effect to my sliding door, and at the same time add privacy.


Click here for details on how to create more privacy by using self-adhesive vinyl on glass.


Contact self-adhesive vinyl - steam effect

Sharp craft knife

Cutting board

Steel ruler

Spirit level

Tape measure and pencil


Before you start with this project, give the windows a good clean to remove any grease. Wash with a mild solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Wipe dry with clean newspaper.

1. Use a tape measure to measure the height and width of the window and work out your design.

2. The back of the self-adhesive vinyl has a printed grid, which makes it much easier to cut out exact shapes. Place the vinyl on a cutting board and use a craft knife and steel ruler to cut.

3. Use the steel ruler, pencil and spirit level to draw the layout onto the glass. Although the pencil lines are feint, you will be able to see them and it's much easier to clean up.

4. Peel a small strip of backing from a square and fold this over so that you only have a thin strip of sticky vinyl visible. This makes it easier to position the squares against the pencil lines and make any adjustments without having to peel off the entire square.

5. With the top now stuck to the glass, slowly peel the backing down with your left hand, using your right hand to smooth the vinyl onto the glass to ensure that there are no air bubbles. You don't want any bubbles at all.

6. The smaller squares are cut out by following the grid in the same way.

7. Peel off a corner of the backing and slip in the craft knife before peeling off the rest of the backing. Now it's easier to hold and position the small squares onto the window glass.

Don't hold the vinyl with your fingers, as this leaves a mark and spoils the finish.

One side done - time to get cracking on the other window. As you can see, the vinyl does not block out light, but it does obscure vision - allowing for much more privacy.