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Painting a Window Screen ~ A DIY Tutorial

Oh happy day! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, which means we have much inspirational goodness for you. I’m excited to share with you how I have been painting a window screen for beautiful art. Best part, I have a 3-step process and video for you too.

Garden Shed Screen Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’ve followed me over the last few years, you’ll know that I already have a tutorial for this FOUND HERE. It was even featured in Country Sampler Magazine. While the original post is still valid, this time around, however, I wanted to update it. I have new photos, streamlined process, and video with this end result.

Rustic Painted Window Screen Art Typography with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #salvage #home #homedecor

DIY TIME

Want to create one too? Let’s get started…

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Materials & Supplies:

TERMS OF USE: when you create a painted window screen you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own.

STEP 1

First, grab that old window screen you have tucked in your garage (or buy one too!). Give it a good cleaning. Then, we’re going to add keyhole hardware so we can mount it to the wall. However, if you prefer, you can leave it off and just lean the screen on your mantel, etc.

Adding Keyhole Hardware to a Reclaimed Window Screen | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP 2

Next, it’s time to tape on our design to the back. This is the part where you can use something you found, you designed, or purchased. The sky’s the limit with this step. Have fun with it! Then, tape the design to the back and flip it over.

Painting a Window Screen Transfer by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP 3

Finally, it’s time for paint. I prefer to use round brushes when I’m lettering or adding typography. Also, I use acrylic paint to add the design. While painting, be sure not to fill the screen holes. However, if that is what you prefer for a more solid look. feel free to have at it.

INFO BYTE: Did you know that back in the early 20th century, folks in Baltimore, Maryland would paint their home window screens? They needed ventilation on hot summer days, but wanted more privacy. So, they would paint their screens with landscapes and murals to keep eyeballs out and let the cooling air in. Imagine a street lined with beauty in this fashion. eep!

I prefer to start with my lighter color, white in this case. Two coats make a definitive enough contrast, so take your time and do two coats.

Painting a Window Screen with White Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, once the white cures, I use a black to add shadows, accents, and depth.

Painting a Window Screen with Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Now the painting a window screen project is complete. Wasn’t that easy? I know you can do it too!

Farmhouse Painted Window Screen by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #diy

Left Side Screen Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

I kept my design simple, but you could always fill up the entire screen with art. Now, I’m curious…what would you paint on your window screen?

Right Side of Painted Reclaimed Window Screen by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #reclaimed #farmhouse #homedecor

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If you’d like to make this painted screen your own, you can find it available in my online shop.

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Comments

  1. Rebecca — NC says

    How incredibly clever!! You are sooo talented!!! It never ceases to amaze me at the variety of things you are good at! You’ve been blessed with real gift!!!!!

    • Larissa says

      Girl, you sure know how to make a gal blush. Thank you so much! 😀

  2. Andrea says

    I love this project. Very inventive. My sister Denise directed me to your blog because she knew I would LOVE your style of makeovers. I’ve been following you for quite a while now. Everything you do is beautiful.

    • Larissa says

      Well, I could hug your sister, Andrea. tee hee! Thank you!!

  3. Kaz Musa says

    Juse gorgeous thanku…I’ve wanted to do this for ages and now I’m going to. Easy tutorial so thanks again. Love seeing what your up to and thoroughly enjoy my emails 😆

  4. Gail Bigelow says

    I need a new name plaque for my new house and this will fit the bill. Outside friendly and cute! Thanks for the idea, Larissa!

    • Larissa says

      Ooh…that sounds just perfect Gail. I’d love to see it when you’re done. 😀

  5. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! I would have never thought of this. What a great idea!

  6. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    Totally Awesome. You really do amaze me with all your clever ides along with you great inspiration.
    You truly have been gifted with a great talent when it comes to very unique & easy projects.
    To You, I say Thank You.

    Have a great day and enjoy the remainder of the week and keep up the good work no matter what the projects may be.

  7. Robyn Wright says

    What an amazing idea and so “out of the box”! And so clever to put the print behind so it can be traced. I’m in love!!

  8. phyllis says

    So cute ! The possibilities are endless.
    Thanksfor sharing your creativity – and talent. 😉

    p

  9. Kaycee says

    Hello Larissa,
    What a beautiful screen project! I love the design you came up with, it is just so pretty.

    • Larissa says

      Thank ya, Kaycee. My dressform, Vivian, told me to do it. haha.

  10. Denise says

    I love this Larissa… and your video! I appreciate the history behind it too.! 💕😊

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Denise. Totally fun to think of seeing these walking down the street.

  11. Becky says

    Very cool! So… if I try this on the living room sliders, will my husband have me committed? 😁

  12. Jerri says

    Thank you for sharing this. Yesterday I was looking at an old screen in my garage and thinking about stenciling A fall design on it. Now I know it’s possible!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Jen. This is symbolic to me getting our shed done…finally. Yay!

  13. Kim says

    Ceaseless talent! Such a cute idea. I’m going to have to try this. Be blessed!

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