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.
In my fleatiquing adventures, I often find this style of window screen that once was used in a barn or some other primitive structure.
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.
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.
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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.
Flip your screen over and this is what you will see.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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. ♥
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.
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