September 6, 2012

Frosted Glass Lowers Your Blood Pressure.

Remember this view?
How about this one?
Not to 'yuck' someone else's 'yum', but YUCK.

Based on your suggestions, I decided to frost the glass partition between our house and our neighbor's. It's not a big deal - it's her front porch, she can do what she wants. But the ghetto ceiling is depressing and the whole cat situation raises my blood pressure every time I see it. I should explain: It's not the actual cats, it's their poop, which lands fresh daily in my front, side (vegetables there) and back gardens and makes my blood boil. So basically, frosting glass reduces your blood pressure.

Based on a suggestion from That Library Girl, I looked into static cling window film because it wouldn't involve anything permanent. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any that was rated for outdoor use.  Enter Glass etch paste. I tested it on a piece of glass because I didn't want to eff up something on the porch, and THANK GOODNESS I did because the results were VERY uneven and drippy on a vertical piece of glass.

Then I tried spray etch, and the 'look' was too similar to that fake 'snow' your preschool teacher sprayed on your classroom windows in December. Plus, I'd have to block off ALL the surrounding woodwork, which sounded like a total pain in the ass.

So....back to static cling window film. I bought the most heavy duty I could find and (I am not being paid to say this) a company called Artscape won. It was easy to apply and surprisingly sturdy.  And so far, it's impervious to rain, wind & sun. We shall see. TA-DA:
Up close, you can still see all the gradoo on her side, but from a distance, it's lovely.

Frosting the windows has completely changed the experience of sitting on the front porch.
(clearly I ran a muck with Photoshop filters in the photo above, sorry) It feels like a room now, and Not like a high blood pressure inducing stress fest. Happy happy.


  1. Great solution! Those cats would drive me out of my mind!!! As for the grunge, maybe sneak over when she's not home and windex it quickly. My guess is that no one would ever notice :)

  2. Wonderful solution! Sorry you have to share such a beautiful old place with someone who is not caring for it!

  3. You are doing so much hard work to restore your beautiful would drive me crazy to have to live next door to them! Maybe, just maybe, you'll inspire them to atleast clean up their side..and perhaps just a small can of ceiling paint...

  4. Looking good! Did they get the hint?


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