Window film on my Dining Room windows …

Remember ? … this past weekend? … Man was out working hard out in the HOT, HOT weather? My job was bringing him ice water to keep him cool? But I was not slacking! I was inside putting window film on my 5 dining room windows. (Yes, In air conditioning)
Mr Man did not want to cover up the dining room windows and I was at my wits end on what to do with these windows. The sun’s light pours in through these windows and not only does it get hot but I don’t want colors to fade inside from the intense sunlight.

I happened to be roaming the isles of Lowe’s (it is like a candy store to me!!!) and came across this window film {click here} . It … reflects the sun, helps retain heat during the winter, prevents fading, and Mr Man can still have an unblocked view outside. Win – Win!

It comes in different degrees of color and I picked “Platinum” for my windows. I bought the one that looks most like the upper right hand window pane in the picture above. Before I show you the photos that I took along the way, I need to confess that this is part of my New Year’s Resolution. To “finish” projects this year. I bought and started this last summer but finished it this past Sunday. Embarrassed to have to admit that? Just a little, but today I read Addicted 2 Decorating’s Blog on “I’m a starter not a finisher” and realized I am not alone. I am human with some flaws but I have GOALS, and that is important too :)  
I got this far last year …
The two windows in the middle are done and you can see the view difference is very slight. It does have a slight reflection of things inside.
I used Windex to clean the windows, measured the windows + 1 extra inch, cut the film, used the window film application solution, and squeegee. Those are directions in the photo and yes, I followed them to a tee! I took my time to make sure I did not leave any air bubbles. Best if you have two people but doable with just me. 
Mr Man has a Thermal Leak Detector gun that detects surface temperatures. (He is a gadget man!) There was a 10 – 12 degree difference in the window panes that had it and the ones that did not. Amazing!!!!
Stink! I finished the windows but never took an after! Really? I got so busy keeping Mr Man cool that I forgot something that important!!! What a good wifey I am :) I also put together this higher seat for Miss Precious as I sold her high chair on Craigs list.  I bought this one at Costco. 
My dining room needs a little something to make it stand out. It is boring to me right now. If you have any ideas to share I am listening. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you in the post and link it to your blog. I love to give credit where credit is due! This is what it looks like now …
Hugs and happy Wednesday,
 
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12 Responses to "Window film on my Dining Room windows …"

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  1. ♥ Sonny ♥

    June 13, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    We had that done to our sunroom last oct. I LOVE it. It was warmer last winter and so far much cooler this summer , plus it lets me watch tv which I couldnt do before the glare was so intense. Thats great stuff..

    Glad you got yours done so you can see that beautiful view outside.

  2. Teresa R

    June 13, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    You could get a table runner in a plaid pattern, get matching material and recover the chair seats, then get a couple pillar candles and place them on tall candle holders.
    I don’t have a blog.

  3. thistlewoodfarm

    June 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    What a great idea! I love the idea of film. We have floor to ceiling windows at the beach house and this is the perfect solution.

    Have a wonderful day!
    karianne

  4. Carri

    June 14, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    I SOOOOO LOVE THIS!!!! My husband and I were just discussing what to do with our back sliding back door and the french doors in our bedroom to the deck there… the sun is soooo hot in the after noon there… I can’t wait to go get some of this window film… AWESOME!! =)

    Thanks so much for sharing with the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY

    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

  5. Katharine Devinney

    June 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I’ve been wanting to put a film on my windows. My living room is in the south west corner of my house and it gets to be too sunny and hot. I end up having to keep the drapes closed on one wall, which is the west side. I hate to live in a cave. lol Thanks for sharing! Katharine

  6. Full Circle Creations

    June 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Great idea. I need to do this on my picture window in my living room. I have to keep the blinds pulled and I’d rather see outside. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

  7. Liz - Imageremix

    June 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    BJ, I admit, I too am a starter, not a finisher. I get projects to where the main thing is done and tend to leave those last details unfinished and figure I will get to the last bit some time soon. Well, soon never seems to happen. Glad to see you are working on this and getting things done. Bravo! For your dining room, wow, it’s such a great space with beautiful windows! You could make some covers for your seats that would give you more than one look without being permanent. How about some texture in the form of blinds either roman shades or burlap roll up shades, or something colorful hanging in the windows, maybe some sort of colorful glass vases that could hold some pretty blooms, or a large centerpiece that would give some height and interest. Trying to think of ideas that aren’t drastic or permanent that could be done without a lot of expense. Then you could get used to seeing things differently but wouldn’t be stuck with them. Just some quick thoughts off the top of my head. Looks like you have a lot of possibility there! What fun!
    Liz
    Liz

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  10. Meg

    June 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    We also used this on our South facing windows. Made a huge difference in the temperature!

    Thanks for sharing on the All Star Block Party!!

  11. Misty McFadden

    June 18, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Thanks so much for linking up to TA-DA TUESDAY! What a great project, it’s so funny that you posted this and I’m so glad you did, because just yesterday I was skimming through an ancient magazine and found an article on this! I was line “OMG I have to do this in my studio!” You have definitely given me the motivation to do. To tell you the truth I was a little intimidated about the whole idea but whats the point of having a perfectly good room if it’s too hot to work in! Thanks again!
    ~Misty
    413 Sparrow Lane

  12. Bliss

    June 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Now I’m thinking about your dining room……..

    ~Bliss~

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