Frosted Window Spray vs. Etched Window Film

We knew after we hung our barn door in the great room, we’d want to frost the windows. The door leads to our future laundry/mud room which sounds like a potentially messy combination even if we plan to add as much storage and organization as we can. And until that point, it’s a construction zone of missing drywall, baseboards and exposed studs.

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We have used frosted or “etched” window film  (this one!) with great results on our last home’s pantry door.

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Although I liked the process and result, I felt like it was my duty to try out the other product for doing the job–frosted glass in spray form.

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I cleaned the glass thoroughly and taped off the edges of the wood, although I will say that step is completely irrelevant. There was no frosted specs or film that showed up in any of the surrounding area. I did notice the counters and floor looked dusty, but is swept away with just a broom. So this stuff must only stick to glass, unlike spray paints.

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Following the directions, I sprayed even strokes slightly overlapping the lines. The above (pretty blurry, sorry!) photo was after the first coat. The can says that it doesn’t fully frost until 10 minutes but you can re-coat anytime. I layered on two more coats a couple minutes from each other and it still looked splotchy so I decided to wait the full 10 minutes–I waited 20 for good measure–to see how it set up. Please note–this stuff is pungent! It stinks. Strong! Like nail polish times 100. We had all the windows and doors open, but definitely wish we would have done this before hanging the door.

This is a photo I snapped with my phoneafter that period of time. I was really disappointed with the stubborn streakiness!

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After discussing it over with Chris, we decided to do another coat since it was building coverage each time. Here’s after several coats.

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There’s still a definite uneven appearance. In person it doesn’t look quite as splotchy as it does in the above photo. The camera has a way of highlighting that, but even still–such a beautiful door, I’d hate to leave with a less than perfect finish.

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When opened, any blotches or inconsistencies are not detectable at all. I also wanted to post the above photo because in the lower left corner you can see the dust that the spray put off. It really does sweep right up.

Verdict: I would NOT use this product again. We will most likely remove it with paint thinner and use the window film we used in our last house again. I can see someone using this product for a small piece or product that you’d want to frost. Also, the price is cheaper than the window film. But, if you are looking to frost a window, and want something consistent with no smell (!!), I’d stick with the film.

Halloween Shelves

Our halloween party is this Saturday and we have been in turbo drive trying to get a few things done around here. Of course, nothing goes as planned and there are always hiccups–like, maybe you didn’t order enough wallpaper or something. #thelook  So while there are, no less, than 4 house projects going on around here, I also took it upon myself to transform the reading room shelves into something a little more festive.

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Every year we have a “photo booth” set up with lights, camera, action and a backdrop. Last year we actually painted this room green for the backdrop–and it stuck! Haha. The room worked so well last year because it is the first room off of the front door making it really convenient, so we knew we wanted to use it again for pictures. We debated moving the piano and using that wall, but in the end, the shelves–creepified won as the backdrop (we’ll probably still move the piano for the party).

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I worried I wouldn’t have enough stuff to fill the shelves, but decorating for Halloween doesn’t really have to be done with “Halloween” stuff, you know? Filling some bud vases with water and dark food coloring, gathering red and black spined books and turning them backward. Truthfully, a lot of the stuff here was already on the shelves–spider webbing and little crows and rats from the dollar store go a long way.

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There were a few other easy things I did. I clipped some red branches off of the bush in our front yard and stuck them in a mason jar. That wire basket that housed magazines previously, I filled with dark cheese cloth (from the dollar store!) and a slew of gourds.

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I held onto this dead plant for a month knowing it would work well for Halloween. Not that I killed it on purpose. Not that I ever do. Meh.

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I printed off a couple images  I found on vintageprintable.com.  This portrait is creepy and perfect. They have a lot of portraits that are straight up scary, but I didn’t want Greta to have any bad dreams. I also found a good bat printable (bottom shelf) that felt just right for these shelves. It’s such a great source for free art to fill frames, especially for Halloween!

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This candelabra from was one of the only new things I got from Wayfair for these shelves–and something that I can definitely use not just for Halloween. I dripped some red crayon wax onto a few pillar candles (watch the video here) to add a pop of color (sorry to use that term. so very sorry.) and gore; sticking with only three candles, so I don’t have to replace them all for everyday use. Plus, that would kind of be overkill, right?

These shelves and outside will probably be the main areas decorated for Halloween. I have hung bats from the ceiling for the past few years but they are looking tired now. I did get a few more things from Wayfair’s Halloween sale last week to use elsewhere that aren’t fussy, but festive.

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Although all of it will definitely set the Halloween mood, everything (with the exception of that spider web tablecloth–which is so so chic, I’ll have to instagram it) can be used throughout the year, too. Maybe I’ll swap out a pillow or two, as well. It is a party.

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I’ll leave you with a night shot so you can get a better vibe. Do you decorate for Halloween? We have 17 pumpkins outside and a couple huge spiders that Greta couldn’t live without–we’ll have to save those pictures for a different post.

Painting of the Week | Ten New Abstract Flats

It’s been over 18 months since I added abstract flats to the Etsy shop and it felt it was about time. I think it is important to have something on your walls that is just for you. That’s one-of-a-kind. That has real paint on it. Art can (and will!) not only change the way a room feels, but the way you feel about a room. In 2012 I started painting these abstract flats–paintings on unstretched canvas, ready to frame–in an effort to bring art to as many homes as possible for an affordable price.

These paintings, although smaller than my 24x30s or 24x36s that you are accustom to seeing in the shop, will still provide your space with lots of interest–at a fraction of the cost. They are ready to be framed when they arrive at your home. And speaking of shipping, the canvas flats also cut down on shipping fees because they can easily be rolled up and shipped in a sturdy tube. Win! Check out the newest 10 up for grabs below or click here to head to the shop.
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Interested in purchasing one? Head to the shop!