She Brushes Her Windows With Cornstarch. Her Next Move Is Genius.

There are so many great DIY home projects on the Internet, but not for us renters!  Let’s just say the  options are limited. There are some landlords that allow tenants to make changes to rental properties, and they’ll sometimes even knocking a few bucks off rent for freshly-painted walls and other updates.  Most however, want you to leave the property exactly how you found it. Floors made of pennies,fairy-tale bedrooms, and all the other great DIY’s we see online would not be appreciated.

Annabel Vita knows what it’s like to be a DIYer with limits. She is a  London-based blogger was living in a rented flat in 2013 when she came up with one of the most brilliant (and easily reversed) home projects we’ve ever seen. Not to mention, it’s incredibly cheap! Like many great innovations, the idea was born of necessity – her bed faced a window, and while she liked the soft glow of sunlight, she also wanted some privacy from her bedroom. And she started an experiment with some cornstarch and lace …

First, Annabel painted her windows with a cornstarch paste.

lace window treatment

The paste is made of equal parts cornstarch (cornflour would also work) and cold water. Slowly add boiling water until the mixture became gelatinous. The exact measurements were: two tablespoons cornstarch, two tablespoons cold water, and one and a half cups boiling water, this varies depending on the size of your project.


She cut out lace using a template of her windowpane.

lace window treatment

IKEA, is where Annabel found her lace at but you can buy your own wherever craft products are sold. It typically costs only a few dollars per yard.

Once she pressed the lace to the window, she went back over it with the cornstarch paste.

lace window treatment

The cornstarch paste may have a white tint when first applied, it should dry clear within 12 to 24 hours.

You would never guess that Annabel made a mistake here!

lace window treatment

The finished product is beautiful, and only took an hour to complete.

lace window treatment

Lace is incredibly easy to work with.  The holes in the fabric keep you from having to smooth out any annoying air bubbles.

Imagine waking up to this window every morning!

lace window treatment

While the lace doesn’t block everything, it does make figures outside very hard to see.

lace window treatment

Above is Annabel waving at the camera – we see you (kind of)!

And what if you get tired of the look?

lace window treatment

That’s right, it scrubs right off! First, spray the lace with hot water, which loosens it enough to peel away from the panes. From there, it was just a matter of soap, hot water, and good old-fashioned elbow grease!


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