Monday, April 8, 2013

Let it shine...... just not into my windows!

Both of the houses we've lived in here in Illinois have had these dusk to dawn automatic lamp posts in the front yard.

The lamp post in question. Ignore the dirt patch surrounding it. 

Now, I'm all for making your home feel welcoming but not when it illuminates all the rooms on the front of the house. When we moved in here and I realized this house had the same style of lamp post I went straight to the breaker box to turn it off like I did at the last house. But to my disappointment I discovered that none of the breakers are labeled. Not a single one! Boo to that.

So the next best thing was to just go unscrew the lightbulb until we figured out what to do with it. So that worked for awhile until yesterday when Reid and I were getting some outside things done and he had the bright idea to black out the glass panes that face the house. This way the light would shine out to the street but wouldn't illuminate every room that faces the road. Brilliant!

I already had some Looking Glass spray paint so I figured that would be less offensive than just painting them black or a color. When I went to remove the two panes we would be painting I discovered they were plastic and not glass but luckily we also had some plastic primer so we were good to go.

There are six panes total so I just pulled out the back two and figured we'd start with that. If I needed to do one or two more it wouldn't be a problem to repeat the whole process.

I followed the directions on the plastic primer can and did two coats on the smooth side which is the side that faces out. After that had dried the recommended hour I did two quick coats of the Looking Glass paint which dries super quick. I didn't follow it up with any kind of sealer coat but if I find it's not holding up to the elements I might always go back and do that. 

Two coats of plastic primer and two coats of Looking Glass. 

This is what it looks like from the front of the panes. This diamond pattern will actually be facing towards the lightbulb. The smooth painted side will face out.

So this is what it looks like in the day time. Pretty inconspicuous, don't you think?

And what do you know? It worked perfectly! I tried getting a picture of it last night but my phone wasn't feeling it so you'll have to take my word for it.

So there you go. Complete instructions on how to spray paint two panes of plastic from your lamp post. Don't you feel smarter now that I've shared that little trick with you? You're welcome. ;)

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