Last year we decided to do some problem solving with Gallery Glass at the commercial location where I get my "maintenance" work done--Joanie Parker's Hair Salon in Duluth, GA. It's a wonderful new shop, but the bad news is--it faces west and the afternoon sun glares in the front part of the space every afternoon. The lease excludes window treatments but Joanie was able to negotiate with the landlord to allow Gallery Glass. I wrote about creating the first phase of the project last year and we thought that we were done, but the door was still a problem, so we decided to expand the treatment to the door and create a 1/8" plexiglas panel that could be inserted on the backside--not an easy task to accomplish since it has a metal facing, and a glazing gun could not be used to hold the panel in place. We resorted to silicone glue squeezed between the edge of the plastic and the metal frame. The panel was taped in place until the glue could dry overnight. In spite of the high amount of traffic through the door, we are pleased with the results .
Another problem was the opaque panel at eye level that had her logo on the outside of the door. It was blank white from the inside and barely showed through. Rather than leave that area dark, I reversed the logo and painted it with FolkArt Extreme Glitter. That gives it reflected light rather than transparency, but it was a viable alternative to ignoring the logo box. Joanie says that people have made very favorable comments about the stained glass effect. Most of them think that it is "REAL" leaded glass, rather than glass paint. (Don't you just love it?) But it was a wonderful solution to a very tedious glare problem. In addition to solving a problem, Joanie feels that the traditional design contributes to the classic style and ambiance of her decor. It makes the shop unique and people really notice the project since we applied the technique to the door.
Here is the original article on the initial project--the 6 windows at the bottom of the window wall, under the divider. You might be interested in some of the details of that project, as well as the update.
It was a happy ending to an extensive project, but one that was very satisfying. I was excited to see Gallery Glass solve a very hot problem!