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Add An Etched Pattern To A Plain Glass Shower Door's Exterior

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If the plain glass shower door that is secured to the shower stall in your bathroom doesn't provide you with much privacy while you are showering, add an etched pattern across portions of its exterior by following the basic steps below. Once you have completed this upgrade, the shower door will have an improved appearance and you can shower without feeling self-conscious about being exposed to your family members if they don't realize you are in the bathroom and enter it.


  • glass cleaner 
  • soft cloths
  • measuring tape
  • chalk marker
  • self-adhesive stencils
  • plastic sheeting
  • rubber gloves
  • disposable cup
  • etching cream
  • wooden stirring stick
  • paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • bucket of warm water
  • rags
  • towel

Clean The Glass And Secure The Stencils

Close the shower door. Clean the exterior side of the glass with a soft cloth that has been dampened with glass cleaner. Dry the glass with another cloth. Decide where you would like to place the stencils. Use a measuring tape and a chalk marker to assist with marking each spot that you will place a stencil. Wipe away the chalk marker with a cleaning cloth before securing each stencil to the glass. 

Prepare And Apply Etching Cream To The Glass

Cover the floor with a piece of plastic sheeting to protect the floor from etching cream that accidentally spills or drips. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and pour a bottle of etching cream into a cup that is set on top of a covered surface. Stir the cream to eliminate any lumps. Use paintbrushes that are various thicknesses to fill in the stencils. Use straight brush strokes and attempt to cover each section as evenly as possible. 

Wait For The Cream To Transform The Glass And Remove It Afterwards

Wait several minutes for the etching cream to transform the way the glass looks. When this occurs, the cream-covered spots will have a translucent appearance. Use a rag that has been dipped into a bucket of warm water to remove the cream from the shower door. Gently wipe away the cream and rinse the rag with fresh water as needed.

Once all of the cream has been removed, use a towel to blot the design on the door until it is dry. Remove the stencils and dispose of extra cream. The door will have an attractive design that will add beauty to your home' bathroom and you can shower with confidence, due to the increased privacy that you are provided with.