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Help! How Would You Add Privacy To This Exterior Door In A Master Bathroom?

Okay, I know I said there would be no more master bathroom updates, and the next post about that room would be the final reveal. But I’ve run into a snag. Everything is pretty much done except for the cleaning and one piece of trim, but this bathroom door is causing me some frustration.

As you know, right now we have an exterior door in our master bathroom. It’s definitely unconventional, and it’s also temporary. This room used to be the master bedroom of the house, and we decided to turn it into a master bathroom.

That leaves us without a master bedroom for now, but we will eventually build an addition onto the back of the house which will include a new master bedroom. So instead of this door being an exterior door that leads to the back yard, it will eventually be an interior 15-lite pocket door that leads to our new master bedroom. Until then, I have to decide how to add privacy to this door.

I added privacy to the other door (the 15-lite interior pocket door that leads to the home gym) by using privacy film on the glass panes.

That worked out perfectly, and I was thinking about adding that privacy film to the exterior door as well. The problem is that I really need to be able to see out of that door without having to open it.

That door leads directly into Cooper’s yard. (Cooper is our dog.) I let him out through that door every single morning, and since we have people in our yard regularly (lawn guys, pest control people, etc.), I have to look out and make sure that the gate is closed before letting him out. I know it seems like a small thing to just open the door and see if the gate is closed, but that would be such a pain to have to do. I want to be able to just look out of the window and make sure it’s closed before opening the door.

That ruled out the privacy film. And I don’t want any kind of bamboo shade because…well…y’all know how I am with symmetry. If I don’t have a bamboo shade on the other door, I can’t have bamboo shade on this door, either. That’s just how my mind works, and I can’t do anything about that. 😀

So the only other option I could think of was one of those sheer rod pocket curtains that goes over the glass. I found one on Amazon, along with some magnetic curtain rods specifically for doors, and I hung that sheer curtain on the door. Here’s what it looks like…

Needless to say, I don’t love it. If you know me at all, you know I like a very tailored look. I don’t like things to be frilly and fluffy and messy and ruffled. So a gathered-on-the-rod curtain is so not my style to begin with, but I wanted to try it just in case it surprised me. But it didn’t, and I’m just not sure I can live with this. It does allow me to look out the window before opening the door, and it does give enough privacy, but I don’t think that the tradeoff is worth it.

So I’m hoping that one of you will have the perfect solution for me, because I’m fresh out of ideas. I want something that will give me privacy when I need it, but will allow me to look out the door before opening it. I want a clean, classic, tailored look. Any ideas?

By the way, I’m aiming for the final before and after post to be on Monday. It’s going to be a long one, so it’ll take me a while to write and gather all of the photos. I mean, there’s no way to sum up a year-and-a-half project in a short, quick post.