Polka-Dot Bathroom

Polka-Dot Bathroom

Photography: William Abranowicz

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2001


But as a decorating device, a subtle set can be very grown-up indeed, as evidenced by this etched window. Etching is especially appropriate for bathroom windows, as the treated sections let in light but afford privacy. Apothecary jars were also etched with a similar pattern; embroidered terry towels extend the motif.


  • Circle Stencil

  • Marker

  • Clear self-adhesive vinyl

  • Squeegee

  • Craft knife

  • Paintbrush

  • Etching Cream

  • Sponge


  1. First, create a template by making a dot pattern on paper with a circle stencil and a marker. Carefully position the template on the outside of the glass, with the design facing in; tape it in place. Cover the inside of the glass with strips of clear self-adhesive vinyl. Smooth with a squeegee to eliminate bubbles.

  2. On the inside of the glass, align the circles on the stencil with those on the paper; using a craft knife, trace circles onto vinyl, cutting into it. Peel off the strips, leaving dots on the glass. Wearing rubber gloves, use a paintbrush to apply a thick coat of etching cream to the entire inside of the glass; even out with a squeegee.

  3. Fifteen minutes later (or according to package directions), remove the cream with squeegee and return to container (it is reusable). Sponge off the remaining cream. Peel off the vinyl dots.


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