DIY: Kitchen Windows

I recently saw this picture on the wonderful design blog, Casa Haus, and dragged it to my desktop to save. It proved the perfect inspiration for my own kitchen windows, which I loathe...

My kitchen is just sort of blah overall so I've been wanting to give it an update, section by section. These windows face the side of my neighbor's house so I needed something that would help me lose the shutters but keep the privacy. 

I found help in my lovely niece, Cassie who came to visit me all last week. She liked the idea of a DIY project, so we got our supplies and went to work...

To create a similar look to what I saw in the photo, I bought white contact paper and had a tape measure, scissors and exacto knife at the ready. My idea was to create four images for each of my window panels: a fork, knife, spoon and a martini glass. 

The first step was to measure the windows, then cut the contact paper to size. 

Next we needed to cut out our images to trace directly onto the contact paper. Cassie and I drew the martini glass together, then found this handy template for the silverware. (click on place mat template) My pug, Gorilla, who never wants to be left out of anything, decided to join us.  

After tracing, I cut out the images. Then Cassie and I put up each panel on the individual window panes...ever so slowly. Then we decided to dress it up with a similar garland to the one we saw in the original photograph. We gathered items from around the kitchen to hang... 

Then I realized, to make it really stand out, the windows needed a little bit of paint. I added some Moss Green from Valspar and called it a day...a longer day than we anticipated. Ha! But it came out okay...I think I like it, it's still growing on me. What do you guys think? I may simplify the garland a bit. The fun part is you can change it up as you feel...

 

 Photos and Content: Sweet Peach   Photoshop assistance: Owen Masterson (thank you Owen!)