Frosted Glass and House Number on our Antique Front Door

It’s been a few months since our front door was updated, but I recently realized that I had yet to share it on the blog.  I know I share my excitement about a lot of things, but this update, my friends, truly makes my heart skip a beat!  So you may recall my drab to fab antique door makeover, last summer.  I worked with Signature Hardware to update the hardware on our front door, but still needed to come up with a solution for privacy.

As a refresher, this is what our door started out like (below).

Being so tired of using those temporary paper shades, my husband, being the paranoid person that he is, hammered nails to the door frame and hung blankets over the door and sidelights for privacy–(Can we say TACKY?)–now that I COULD NOT take for much longer.

antique front door update
After I DIYed some privacy film

I had researched many options, including:  replacing the glass with an etched glass, attempting to use the chemical etching product, just hanging a shade or blind over the window . . . but then in a pinch, I just landed on using the privacy contact paper that can be purchased at Home Depot.  While it definitely served its purpose, aesthetically, it wasn’t allowing my door to live its best life!

I knew exactly what I wanted, but wasn’t sure how I would be able to attain the look.  I often saw the etched glass house numbers on transoms, however, all of the companies that made them online were in the UK!  I had the hardest time trying to find exactly what I was looking for.



When my sister opened her new beauty lounge, she had a gentlemen create her signage in vinyl–he did an amazing job, so I reached out to him to see if he could do something similar for our front door since it was basically the same concept.  And boy did I luck out, he was able to create the exact look I wanted for under $200!


Unfortunately I was at work when it was applied, so I missed the process, but my husband captured a few images of Jono while he was at work installing the vinyl.

vinyl house number on antique glass door
Vinyl house numbers in the works-here you can see how bad the contact paper/film looked from the outside


woman and child sitting in doorway

What an amazing improvement this was for our front door!

I am beyond thrilled with the results!  It truly elevates the charm and character of our front door.


Here’s an updated view of our door, stained with minwax gel-stain.

frosted glass on door privacy house numbers


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  1. Rossy
    October 12, 2019 / 1:34 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I love it.

    • fwmadebycarli
      October 16, 2019 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks so much, this was such an easy way to add even more character to our home.

    • Jacqui
      June 5, 2020 / 12:26 pm

      You just solved such a conundrum for me! My husband and I are slowly fixing up a 1920s craftsman in Baltimore, and I love our very similar front door but don’t love having so little privacy. This is awesome. (I’m also finally going to order window treatments thanks to your sponsored post.) Thank you so much!

      • madebycarli
        June 5, 2020 / 10:49 pm

        Awesome!! Send me some pics if you go through with it! ☺️

  2. Chris
    November 6, 2019 / 10:49 pm

    Hi there! I love the result, question… so is the number and surrounding made of “etched looking” vinyl? Do you know the mane/Color of the film he used? Did he also change the film on the little side windows? Thank you!

    • madebycarli
      November 30, 2019 / 10:10 am

      Hi Chris, Unfortunately, I’m not sure of the color, but the vinyl does look etched. We will be working on the side lights soon. 🙂

  3. Courtney
    July 10, 2020 / 10:03 am

    Who can we get in touch with to have one made?

    • madebycarli
      July 11, 2020 / 8:10 am

      I would reach out to a local sign shop. Here is the company that did mine:

    • madebycarli
      July 30, 2020 / 2:08 pm

      I would reach out to a local sign maker, ours is vinyl so anyone that works with vinyl should be able to accomplish this 🙂

  4. Miranda
    July 28, 2020 / 7:30 am

    I love it! Where did you find this door?!

    • madebycarli
      July 30, 2020 / 2:05 pm

      It was here when we bought the house 🙂

  5. July 29, 2020 / 6:26 pm

    Oh wow this is a neat coincindence! I just commented on your original door makeover. This is the first time I have visited your blog, I found you on Pinterest when looking at old door inspo. I decided to look around your blog more, and then recognized the door update you had made with the frosted glass and number because I just saw it featured on The Cottage Journal’s IG this week and was swooning!

    Love it!

    • madebycarli
      July 30, 2020 / 2:10 pm

      This is news to me, so thank you! I didn’t even see that feature! Thank you!!!

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