Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

I am a proud mom to two fur babies (Jack and Smitty).  I love my dogs to death, but I will be honest, sometimes they really annoy me.   It is because of their annoying habits that my husband and I finally took action against our enemy of many years, the front door.

Our front door has nine windows and gives us very little privacy.  Although, we aren’t necessarily walking around the house in our birthday suits, it is still eerie that our neighbors are able to see into our house so clearly.   Then there are the dogs.  We have had Jack (our Dachshund mix) for over five years and he uses the front door windows to police the neighborhood.  This means barking at all dogs that dare to walk near our house.  This wasn’t so bad until we got our puppy, Smitty (a Corgi/Collie mix).  We adopted Smitty almost one year ago, and he is picking up his big dog brother’s habits and then some.  Instead of barking at just the dogs in our neighborhood, young Smitty barks at everything.  Children, people, dogs, cats, squirrels, cars, and the list goes on and on.  Needless to say, our patience was getting very thin.

We looked into having the panes of glass replaced with a more frosted style, but that was going to be pricey.  We looked into replacing the entire door, but that would also cost way more than we were prepared to spend.  So, I looked to one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, for inspiration and they did not disappoint.   In this post, they gave a tutorial for how they applied a frosted film to the windows in their basement.  I took it as a sign and went to Lowe’s to see what they had as options.  I liked the Cascade design of the Gila product that they offered.  The cost of two rolls at $14 each and $8 for the solution kit was easier to stomach than the cost of having custom glass panes created or a new door installed.

I was gung-ho, but my husband, not so much.  He eventually agreed it may be a good option and we got to work (well, mostly he got to work while I assisted as needed).  Forty-five minutes and 500 swear words later, our first pane was covered.  Only eight more to go!  After the first one, we realized we were doing everything wrong.  After that, it only took a little more than an hour to do the other panes.  We love the result, but the dogs hate it.  They are no longer able to see out the windows, and I am no longer popping headache medicine.  That’s what I call a lovely day!

Door before the film was added (Sorry for the quality)

The Culprits

A little more privacy and a lot less barking

Close-up of the design

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One Response to Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

  1. lisa Mauk says:

    That look awsome! GREAT JOB! and the pups are sweet as can be looking!

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