Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I bought six cans of the stuff, ya know.

I'm surprised they didn't card me at the Home Depot when I was buying all of the frost spray cans. I know I must have looked like a 'huffer'.

"Excuse me, where do you sell your paper bags?"

So on to the next frosty-project: The kitchen door transom.

If you remember back, it all started out looking like this POS:

We ended up yanking the whole door and door frame out and rebuilding it from scratch.

We went with a custom built 34" x 80" wood-esque fiberglass door (luckily the day the refrigerator was delivered, the frame was out and we were down to brick, or the fridge would not have made it into the house at all.)

*Note the plastic covering the table in the picture. This is back when the water was still pouring into the house from the roof and the missing box gutter whenever it rained. Ah, memories......

Anyway, we rebuilt the frame for the 34" door, routed out the frame to hold the door, and once it was in place, then took exact measurements for the insulated transom glass. It cost about $60.

Once the transom was caulked and nailed in place with 1/4" quarter round on the inside and out, then we waited two months for me to buy six freaking cans of spray frost.

And, of course, we had to agree on a design.

My first idea was an adorable Latin phrase from my days at Walnut Hills H.S with laurel leaves around it: "Semper in faecibvs sole profvndvm variat" meaning, well, to paraphrase... "always in *it*, the only thing that changes is how deep."

Although that may remain our catchprase, we decided to go with something for profound and meaningful to us both.

The naked stud from Atlas Shrugged.

Again, I used the highly preferred sticky backed paper with the peel off backing instead of the spray adhesive on regular card stock.

I coloured the left and right bay laurel leaves green and blue so that when I cut them out, I'd know which side they went on.

I also numbered them before I cut them out for easier assembly.

Then I covered the walls and door with the obligatory newspaper and then sprayed the transom with three coats of spray, waiting 10 minutes in between each coat and using the time to run outside for a breath of non-huff clean air.

Once it was dry, I used a dry paint brush to wipe off the frosty-dust that gets everywhere.

And then I peeled the stickers off of the glass, sometimes using the tip on an exacto blade to pick up the really stuck edges.... viola.

View from the outside:

You know, I think I'm just avoiding finishing the closet doors.

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DesignTies said...

You did a great job on your transom window!! I like the story that goes along with it too :-)

Here's a tip for getting a fridge through a doorway that's too narrow -- open the fridge door, and then you can sort of scootch the fridge through the doorway door-first. I don't really know how or why it works, but it does. Must have something to do with physics or geometry ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Anonymous said...

my hubby just finished that book - can't wait to show him this. the whole time he was reading it he was saying, 'this is what's happening RIGHT NOW!'

Why S? said...

That looks great. Really beautiful job.

Decor To Adore said...

I am visiting via H.O.H. Great post!

I hope you'll stop by for a visit, I am hosting a giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kelly. Nice neighborhood you have there...

Thanks, Why S?

Thanks, Laura. We'll try to stop by.


Anonymous said...


If you're husband wants to learn more about the ideas, I urge him to check out David Kelly's work, and this link

There's a lot there. He may also email me if he runs into anything that doesn't make sense or any body who may have him buffaloed. It's a powerful philosophy with a lot too it (maybe more than many understand).


Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Love it! Looks very cool. And I got a good laugh out of our Home Depot story. Ha.