Renter's Removable Solutions: Scary Hallway Update

Renter's Removable Solutions: Scary Hallway Update

Abby Stone
Jul 6, 2009

This week a friend who's training to be a Feng Shui consultant stopped by. Her first comment was: "Wow, your hallway and your bathroom are both in your relationship corner." I had known about the bathroom but not about my long-neglected hallway. Hoping to corral the spirits in my favour, I immediately set to work on a project I've been meaning to get to as part of my hallway makeover: what to do with the rear window...

I'd considered shades and curtains but nothing felt right for what is a utilitarian back door leading out a common back hallway. Then it hit me. White was one of the possible colours for this corner and words are always a powerful force in Feng Shui. Why not combine the two in a very Martha solution? I've always found the look of frosted glass very modern and elegant. So I gave my friend a choice of words (hello and come in were the other two that made it to our short list). She immediately chose "welcome." I picked up a pack of removable letters in the school department of Office Depot and can of Krylon Glass Frosting spray paint. Using the window's exterior grate as a grid, I positioned the letters by eye (if you try this at home, you might want to tape a piece of graph paper to the reverse side of the window), taped around the window and started spraying (make sure the air is well ventilated; the fumes are strong) and let it dry before peeling off the letters. The whole project took under an hour from start to finish and I'm very happy with the results: elegant, clean, simple.

BTW, for those of you who commented on this project, I've ordered this shade to cover up my hallway's bare bulb.

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