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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Good Bye Hot Sun

The front of our home faces the west.
In the Summer the sun literally beats in the front window.
When we first moved in, prior to the building of the front arbor for shade,
the kids would burn their hands on the the front door knob!!

The sun has melted several sets of mini blinds over the years.
So when I say it beats in and heats up this portion of the house it's no exaggeration!

I decided to put up One Way Mirror Window Film
which has Anti UV Heat Control for Sun Blocking.
It has a slight tint and is removable.

It's not hard to install since static cling basically holds it up.
I do like the one way "mirror" effect for privacy also.

I used 2
Rhodesy One Way Mirror Window Film, Anti UV Heat Control, Static
Cling, Privacy Window Film, Decorative, Removable, Window Tint Sun Blocking, 35.4x 78.7 inch, Silver ~ which I picked up from Amazon.

You'll also need sharp scissors, a sharp razor, squeegee, dish soap, spray bottle and a cup of COFFEE!

Clean your glass thoroughly.

Measure and cut film, leaving an extra 1-2 inches around the edges.

Remove the plastic liner that covers the sticky side.

Since I was doing this by myself, 
I found it helpful to use a couple of chairs to lay the film over.

Fill the squirt bottle about 3/4 with water,
add a squirt of dish soap.  Mix slowly so you don't get lots of bubbles.
Thoroughly spray the film

Also spray the window thoroughly with soapy water.

I found the more soapy water,
 the easier to slide the film into place, and/or readjust.
Put the film on the window.

I used one of those plastic cards you get in the mail for a squeegee.

 It worked perfectly

Trim away extra film on the edge of the window frame with your sharp razor.

Left half done.
You can see it's a bit darker than the right.

Both sides done.

Looking from outside in.
Mirror effect.  :)

We haven't hit the heat of the Summer yet, 
but it's already making a difference with intensity of the Sun.
A bit awkward to do by yourself, but well worthwhile.


  1. wow! never heard of that. You did a great job - can't wait to see how much of a difference it'll make for you. Have a great week.

    1. Me too! Anything should help out, fingers crossed.
      Enjoy your weekend!

  2. My aunt used that on her windows and it made a huge difference! You did a great job! Blessings for a great rest of the week and weekend!

    1. That's so good to hear! I'm glad it's done, wasn't hard but wouldn't want to do it again! LOL Have a great weekend ♥

  3. I have a few windows I need to try this on this summer. Thanks for the great tip.

    1. Be sure you grab a friend to help out ~ I could have used 4 hands! LOL Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Interesting, I didn't even know this existed. I have to see if I can find it in Portugal, as I have the same problem as you in the summer.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  5. I didn't realize Portugal got that hot in the Summer. Guess I should really do some research on my country of my heritage..instead of just perusing photos and taking in the countryside and quaint little towns. All my Great Greats on both sides emigrated from the Azores. My parents were full Portuguese :).

    Would love to visit Portugal, I know it's not in the cards, but it's nice to dream. No relatives that I know of there. Just curious I guess.

    Hope you're able to find the window film!

    Have a great weekend ♥

  6. My windows are high and I can't get anybody to help me even hang the solar curtains and I'm not suppose to climb. Glad yours are done and I like the effect.


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