There hasn’t been much project time around here lately. Who can think about DIY when you’ve got a face like this to look at?
But I did have a chance to complete a little project a couple days before this guy arrived. You see, we also have another child. A fur-baby. And this is one of her favorite activities:
Sitting by our front door, staring out the window. It wouldn’t be such a problem, except for the fact that she barks and growls at anyone/anything she sees outside. Sleeping newborn + barking dog = no bueno. So I set out to correct the issue by simply frosting the window. It was a super simple process; here’s the quick rundown.
I picked up a roll of Glia window film at Lowe’s ($20), along with an application kit ($8). The first step in the process was to make sure the window was squeaky clean.
Swollen pregnant hand. Ugh. And sorry for the poor lighting in these pictures…I haven’t mastered shooting directly into a window yet.
After I had the window sparkling, I took some measurements. My window was 6″ wide and 63″ long. Once you have your measurements, you’ll want to add an extra inch on each side to give you some extra to work with. So, in my case, I cut my film down to 8″x65″.
Once you have your film cut to size, attach a pice of tape to the corner of each side of the film. It will help you peel the backing away from the film.
Then you’ll need to use the application spray that comes with the application kit. You’ll apply it to the window and both sides of your film. It helps to have an extra set of hands for this part: one person to hold the film and another to peel the backing off/apply the application spray.
Then it’s time to press the film onto the window. Because we added the extra 1″ on each side, you don’t have to worry about applying it perfectly; just make sure there’s overlap on each side. And it won’t adhere super well at first, just keep it pressed on the window and it will adhere better during the next step. Don’t worry about air bubbles; we’ll work on those in the next step, too.
Next, you’ll want to take the scraper that’s included in the application kit and smooth out all the air bubbles. You could also use a credit card for this step. Start at the top center and work your way out and down.
After you’ve smoothed everything out, you can take the handy little razor included in the application kit (or an exacto knife, if you don’t have the application kit) and cut off the excess. I will say using the blade that came with the kit was really nice, because it’s made to ensure that you don’t cut off too much. If you’re using an exacto knife or another blade, you might want to use a piece of cardboard a credit card to ensure you don’t cut in too much.
And that’s it! You’re left with a nicely frosted window!
So, I’m sure you’re all dying to know if this has curbed our dog-barking issue. I’m pleased to say that is has! She still barks if someone knocks or rings the doorbell, but it’s definitely an improvement! And an added bonus: I still have plenty of film leftover if I should need to use it again.
Have you guys been doing any simple updates? Got any suggestions for how to get a dog NOT to bark when the doorbell rings? I’m all ears!
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