Pretty as a Picture (Window)
It’s not blaringly obvious. Not like the teal or Pepto carpet…or the tan painted trim…or the crazy red basement…but it’s there.
right at me.
It’s the picture window in our kitchen. From most of the photos you’ve seen, it’s your basic Hanes white underwear. What you don’t see is the skidmarks…err…the fog. That’s right. It’s one of those big double paned glass windows that got moisture trapped in between the panes…causing it to fog up faster than a 18 year old’s memory at a rush party. And since replacing such a huge window isn’t in the Bower budget, I decided that if you can’t hide it, I would try my darndest to make it look intentional. Enter my dear friend Martha Stewart.
She doesn’t know it but we are close. I paid her salary last year. and the year before. But don’t tell her, I don’t want her to get all weird around me.
I decided to stecil a pattern directly onto the inside of the window. I know. I am coo-coo.
The stencil was actually on sale and I had my bonus coupons in hand at Michaels so this entire project cost less than $10. Plus, the stencil came with a bunch of other options if I ever want to stipple my way into stenciling again.
I used the ‘frosted effect’ paint that was also at Michaels (half off) and I love it. Plus, it’s way safer than the actual etching stuff (which smells and can be caustic)…AND this paint can be removed (whereas if I took the big plunge into etching my big ole window and hated it, well, too bad soo sad.
One finished stenciled window. oh and here’s probably the best photo to see the actual fogginess compared to the other windows.
It’s super subtle and hard to photograph – which is why all these photos show the inside so dark.
BUT I think it accomplishes my ultimate goal of taking the window and making it blend a little better…making it more intentional.
plus, I dig the overlapping circles.
Here’s a close up so you can see how the paint actually looks.
Obviously you can’t Windex this or it would come off…but obviously I am not a window-washing type of person….I’m more of a window-shopping type of person
And yes, I did this a long time ago – right before my sister’s wedding in September and so far, so good…even with the little hands in the middle, I just do quicky cleanups with a paper towel with a light spritz (careful not to get the paint).
And yes, it’s far from perfect…but honest to goodness, it looks more perfect in real life because of the way the light shines through.
Maybe I’ve lost it…painting windows.
Or maybe it’s crazier that I have like a hundred photos of this window on my computer.
If people saw what was on my computer they would think I’m nuts. Window pictures. Quick google searches to complete randomness – like “how to tan a hide”…it involves battery acid & salt, who knew?!…and “blue balls christmas”….you don’t want to know what comes up….and ‘what is the little space on your lower eyelid between the lashes and the eyeball called?”…..crucial to life info.
You see how when more light comes in, it kinda disappears? Yeah. That happens a lot…but for some reason, making the edges more fogged up with the paint makes the entire thing better to me.
And because I know you’d love to see it at night – here she blows.
What do you think? I rarely ask your opinion…but sometimes I love it, sometimes I can’t wait to replace the window completely….so I’m on the fence…with an extra cheek leaning more to the pasture of likage…