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How to Paint on a Window Screen

It’s fun to think outside the box and look at things in a different light, especially when you can find a new use for something considered useless. One of the junk items I tend to collect are old screen from barns, sheds, and the like. Today, I am going to show you how to paint on a window screen and turn it into whimsical decor.

How to Paint on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

In my fleatiquing adventures, I often find this style of window screen that once was used in a barn or some other primitive structure.

Reclaimed Barn Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

It can expand to twice its size and is a total blank slate for a new purpose. In the past, I’ve used screens to create wall art for my shop, like this “JOY” sign.

Antique Window Screen Holiday Wall Art | Prodigal Pieces |

When I found the screen for this project at a flea market back in early summer, I snatched it up knowing it had potential. I knew I wanted to create a sign with it and I decided to do it in the likeness of my repurposed Vera Bradley sign paired with an antique rocker.

 Repurposed Vera Bradly Sign & Antique Rocker | Prodigal Pieces

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

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Want to give it a try? Just grab any old screen or make a new one to look old, you can even do your house screens and doors. Check out this video on how painted screens are used in daily life…so cool!

Ready? Let’s get started!

First, measure the inside dimensions of your screen from edge to edge. Once you have those parameters, head to my DIY sign tutorial. You are going to create the sign graphic you will be using in Photoshop or Microsoft Word (or whatever program you would normally use to create a graphic). Have fun with it…use it to display your favorite quote, or scenery, an animal, or even in the likeness of an old sign like I am doing. (You could also use a Silhouette to create a stencil and do the same thing – I’ve hear those things rock!)

Once you have your sign graphic created and printed out, place it on the back side of the screen you are going to paint and tape to secure.

Preparing Graphic for Painting on Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

Flip your screen over and this is what you will see.

Printed Graphic Layout on Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

You will need two basic acrylic paints: a white and a black, along with an artist’s brush. My favorite brush is a round #5

DecoArt Black & White Acrylic Paint | Prodigal Pieces |

The next step is to paint over the words with the white paint. This part was fun and stress-free because it’s hard to mess up the lettering. Just make sure you are not clogging those screen holes – either blow through the screen if it clogs or use a toothpick to poke the clog clear. Lightly dip your brush in and apply. Less is more in this instance.

Painting on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

I went over my letters two times with a white and then decided it looked too flat, so I added some shadowing using my black paint once the white is dry.

Adding Shadows to Window Screen Text | Prodigal Pieces |

See how it makes the letters pop out? Fun!

I’m loving the rustic, primitive feel of it, and can’t wait to snatch up more screens while I’m out fleatiquing.

Vintage Sign Painted Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

Nothing like adding unique decor to your home…you won’t find this in a department store. woot woot! If you’re not into DIY or just plain love my sign, you can find it available in my shop. (SOLD, but I have others!)

Antiques Bought & Sold Window Screen Sign | Prodigal Pieces |

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple project on how to paint a window screen. I would love it if you would pin and share to inspire others to look at cast-offs in a different light. ♥

How to Paint on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

Next up is Trash to Treasure Tuesday (say that five times fast!) I will be showing you what I make with these…hee hee hee. Head HERE TO SEE.

Broken Antique Rocking Chair Rockers Repurposed | Prodigal Pieces |
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Until next time!

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More repurposed DIY’s like painted window screen:

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Top 10 Makeovers of 2015

As this past year flashes by and we are already a few days into 2016, I wanted to take a minute to look at my year in review and share my Top 10 Makeovers of 2015. Fun, right? It is amazing to see God working in my life and of my family. I want to share the blessings with you and offer you a surprise for helping me out with a little something later on.

Let’s get this party started!!

Top 10 Makeovers of 2015 | Prodigal Pieces |

Crazy as this sounds, my #1 top viewed post of 2015 was not a makeover, but a tip. Yep, a last-minute, grab-my-camera, and why-not-share-my-quirky-habit type of post. My “Natural Ant Control with Grits” post blew up and was by far number one. I guess I’m not the only one with the pesky little critters each spring.

Stop the Ants! Natural Ant Control Using GRITS | Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

A bit of controversy arose about my post and several naysayers appeared, but I tell ya, it works. Whether it kills them or just feeds them so they don’t come in…I don’t care. I like ants, just not in my home, right?

The #2 post was none other than

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DIY Boo-Boo Bear Rice Ice and Heat Pack

On Monday, I told you that I had a little sewing tutorial for you today, and I have to say that this is something my whole family adores. It’s inevitable that as a parent or grandparent, you will be soothing bumps and bruises from your little ones. Why not make that ouchy time a little less stressful and calm those tears with a Boo-Boo Bear – a rice ice and heat pack?

Help your little one through those owies and ear aches with a Boo-Boo Bear rice ice and heat pack. Come get the tutorial by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

I don’t know about you, but I would love to see this sweet face staring up at me helping me feel better. The soft velour fabric and lightweight rice make for a soothing touch helping your little’s woes go away.

Make bumps and bruises go bye-bye with a Boo-Boo Bear. Get the easy tutorial from Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Just keep it in your freezer for a quick fix, or lightly warm in your microwave for a long-lasting heat. Perfect for both bruises and aches. My kids head right to the freezer when they get hurt and feel better holding their friend.

Christmas Crafts Family Home Decor Kids

My Christmas Wish to You

My week last week was supposed to be a staycation clean-a-thon, right? Instead it became a week-long series of trials that can really test ones strength. The weekend before my break my kids and I got a slight head cold and I complained, but I had no idea how slight that was in comparison to the events yet to come.

Finding true contentment in our daily grind by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

If you follow me on social media, you know what I’m talking about. At first, I was elated to kick off the week by cleaning our home from one end to the other, top to bottom – a winter spring cleaning. My kids were on board and were the most awesome helpers and we were knocking our project out of the park.

It was about the second day that my husband’s car died on the way home from work and I went to jump-start his car. The headache that event can be is nothing in comparison to following him home knowing it would soon die again, only to have your break line bust while driving. Yep, peddle to the floor and stressful as can be.

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DIY Velour Christmas Tree

I hope you’ve been enjoying all the Christmas goodies I’ve had for you these last couple of weeks. Today I’ll be showing you how to create a velour Christmas tree, but first let’s review the last few related projects. Last week I showed you how to build a log reindeer…meet Buck.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Then I took you on the Home for the Holidays Tour showcasing our mantel.

It's a rustic farmhouse Christmas in our house. From handmade stockings to the DIY wall quilt as a backdrop, it's all about family. Come see! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

And yesterday, I showed you how to create my wall quilt made from vinyl plank flooring.

Create a faux barn wood wall quilt using laminate flooring with this easy DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces. #prodigalpieces

What fun it is to DIY and craft the day away…hey! Sorry. Got carried away. ahem. Today, I want to show you how to create those sweet velour Christmas trees that adorned my mantel and so many of you have asked how to make your own.

Create these beautiful velour Christmas trees using a few basic supplies and repurposed parts. Come get the DIY tutorial at Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Are you ready to get your craft on? Let’s go!

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Faux Barn Wood Wall Quilt from Vinyl Flooring

Are you into the Christmas spirit yet? Hard not to be with all sorts of wonderful holiday ideas floating around Blogland. Earlier this week I showed you our rustic Christmas mantel for our Home for the Holidays tour. The centerpiece of my design was my DIY barn wood wall quilt.

It's a rustic farmhouse Christmas in our house. From handmade stockings to the DIY wall quilt as a backdrop, it's all about family. | Prodigal Pieces |

Can you guess what I made it out of? Vinyl flooring. Yep! Pick you jaw up off the floor and let’s get to the details of how to create this wonderful faux barn wood wall quilt piece of art yourself.

Create a faux barn wood wall quilt using vinyl flooring with this easy DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

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Thrift Store Glass Made New ~ Budget DIY

Today, I have a fun project that most anyone can do utilizing a sort of “gold mine” if you will. Have you ever been to a garage sale or seen those dreaded collections of thrift store glass vases and dishes?  They are aching to pawn off that cheap glassware left over from a wedding or a recent bouquet. We’ve all been there, right?

Thrift Store Glassware Display | Prodigal Pieces |

Let me show you how to create some gorgeous decor and make use of those unwanteds by using paint. Here is what I chose on my latest thrift store run only spending around $5 for the entire lot. (You can even find some for free at garage sales too.) To start, I picked a collection of varying sizes and different designs – that will help make this project unique. Don’t be afraid to grab bowls, candy dishes, and even plates to mix it up.

Thrifted Assortement of Glass Vases and Jar | Prodigal Pieces |

First, give each piece a good cleaning with hot soapy water and let dry completely.  The, once dry