Frosted glass on a budget
The great thing about frosted glass as a decorative medium is that you can use it anywhere. Typically, you see frosted glass in the bathroom, but frosted glass can be used in both residential and commercial spaces. It can certainly be used on windows, but it can also be used for purely decorative purposes.
True frosted glass is created by sandblasting ordinary glass, or by etching a glass surface with chemicals. Because the frosting process requires additional, specialized handling, frosted glass is expensive. You can create a frosted effect on window glass using glass paint. The great benefit of using glass paint to create frosted glass is that you can use any color to create the frosted effect. With mechanically produced frosted glass, you have no control over the color of the finished product. When you use glass paint, however, you choose the color you apply to the glass, so you can create frosted effects that aren’t possible with traditional frosted glass.
You can use frosted glass to improve your view. If you have a window that provides an aesthetically unpleasant view, but you also value the light the window provides, you can frost the window using glass paint. You no longer have the unpleasant view, but you still get the benefit of light from the window.
You can also use glass paint to create a frosted effect on a glass-paned room divider. The glass paint will allow you to create translucent panes of glass in any color that can effectively divide a room and provide some privacy.
In a commercial setting, you can use frosted paint to eliminate the distraction of “fishbowl” conference rooms, workspaces or offices. By backpainting the glass with glass paint, you can create a light frosted effect that increases privacy, decreases distractions and still transmits adequate light into the space. Likewise, if you have a conference room that typically overheats due to a southern or western exposure, using glass paint to frost the windows can help make the room more comfortable.
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