Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Good news! My bathroom floor is level! The house leveling company was able to send two guys out earlier than they had anticipated. Two guys…30 minutes…done. So that means that I can now resume work on the bathroom. My plumber thinks he may be able to work me into his schedule today, so if that’s the case, things will be really moving along!
In the meantime, I’ve made several trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s to get everything I need to finish things up in that bathroom. Just about the only thing I don’t have is the bathroom door. Whatever I choose for the bathroom door will determine the style of door that goes on all of the interior doors, so I’ve taken my time to really narrow down my options and decide what I really like. When Matt and I watch shows and movies, I keep an eye on the set designs to see if anything catches me eye. Yeah…he just loves it when I ask him to pause a show so that I can look at a door style, wall treatment, or other design element! 😀
I’ve talked about interior door style options before, but I want to revisit the topic just one more time before I make my final decision because I actually thought I had made a final decision, but my decision didn’t seem to go over well with my mom. 🙂
I had narrowed it down to two options — both of which I saw on TV shows, and I can’t remember specifically where I saw either one. The first option is a 1-lite French door with a raised panel below the glass. I still want my interior doors to be black, and most definitely not rustic or distressed, but this is the closest example I could find.
Of course, I would add frosted privacy film to the glass since these doors would be used on bedrooms and bathrooms. And even though one layer of privacy film is enough to give full privacy, I’d add the film to both sides of the glass just for additional peace of mind.
The other style is a very simple single panel door with a double frame of moulding. I couldn’t find an exact example, so I did a little photo editing on this single panel door from Home Depot. And again, it would be black.
The picture kind of makes each section look recessed, but if I go with this look, I’d just use flat doors and add two frames of moulding to create a similar look. It’s a very simple and elegant look in black.
So after giving it quite a bit of thought, I finally decided on the glass doors with privacy glass. The fact is, I’ve been dreaming about having interior doors with glass for many years now. I even blogged about it way back in 2009 (and a couple of times since then), shortly after I saw Kevin and Layla at The Lettered Cottage put glass in their guest bathroom door in their last house.
I wanted to do something similar in the condo. That didn’t pan out, so I decided that now is my chance.
But then this past weekend, I was telling my mom all about my plans for my bathroom. I described the door, and when I mentioned glass, she said, “On the bathroom?!” I explained that I would use not just one, but two layers of privacy film. She still wasn’t convinced.
So, once and for all, I want your input on this issue. Would you feel comfortable using a bathroom in someone else’s home that had glass in the door with two layers of privacy film?
And just for reference, here is a picture from the very first room where I used the privacy film several years ago. It was a bathroom, and the tub was located just under the window. I waited until it got very dark outside, put a ladder in the tub, and turned on all of the bathroom lights (including those two very bright recessed lights by the tub).
And from the outside, this is what I saw…
And again, that’s with one layer of privacy film. I plan to use two layers on my interior doors if I use the glass doors.
I’m so confident in the privacy film that I used it on our bedroom window at the condo — a first floor (i.e., ground floor) window that looked out to a busy parking lot. I kept the shade up all time, even at night with the bedroom light on, because the privacy film really is private. And on that window, I just used one layer.
And two more thoughts: (1) The toilet in my hallway bathroom isn’t right by the door. It’s in the back left corner, and (2) it’s very unlikely that people would be hanging out in the hallway while someone is in the bathroom. Who hangs out in a hallway?
So tell me your thoughts. I really had my heart set on this design, not just for the bathroom, but for the bedrooms also, especially after enjoying the privacy that my rolling doors give me while still letting light through. I’ve seen French doors used as bedroom doors and bathroom doors, and it’s beautiful. And yet the thought seems to make some people feel like they’d be on display no matter how frosted and private the glass is. What can I do to have my way and have glass interior doors, and make guests feel comfortable with the idea? Any thoughts?
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