Labored All Day

Hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day since it is supposed to be a “tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

We wanted to kick up our feet and barbecue all weekend, but we labored with our house projects instead.  I’m too tired to share everything we did, but here’s one that I finally finished.

*a view of our “stained” glass door from inside of the house*

Some of the glass parts of our front door are see through so I wanted to make it less see through.  I used this window art kit to make shapes that fit into the clear spots.  You can still see through it, but it will be much more obvious to our neighbors that you are trying to peek in.

before


after


*sorry for the glare.  the lighting was either direct sunlight or via flash.  so i picked sunlight.*

Here’s a quick how to:

1.  Make a pattern.  I traced a pattern onto a sheet of white printer for the pieces I wanted to make a window cling (“art”).  For the pieces which had straight edges, I traced dots on the corners and finished the lines with a ruler.  In retrospect, I didn’t need to do that since the finished product didn’t have a straight edge.

2.  Place the pattern in a sheet protector.

3.  Fill the pattern with “paint”.  It is more like Elmer’s glue than paint.  I traced the outside then filled it in, but I don’t think it matters if you do the border first since it isn’t super runny.

4.  Remove the pattern and insert into a new sheet protector.  Repeat as necessary.  Obviously, I needed a different pattern for the curved pieces.  But you don’t really want to see the all of the steps, right?

5.  Wait for window art to dry.  The directions say to wait 24 hours, but I think it dries in about 12.

6.  Remove from sheet protector and apply to door/window/area where you don’t want peeping toms to invade your privacy.

The finished product doesn’t have to fit perfectly.  Most of them are slightly larger than the space they are supposed to cover, but the excess went on the metal parts in between the glass.  No need to cut them down since you can’t tell unless you look really close.  What do you think?

*here’s what you see when you look really close*
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3 Responses to Labored All Day

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  2. Tyson says:

    Very nice upgrade. I know the see through parts of the window bugged you and the fix is very good. When the paint dries does it have a translucent appearance to match the original glass or does it just completely block out the view?

    • nailpolishpaint says:

      Translucent like stained glass. Look at the last picture. You can see some chairs inside.

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