Many of you know each spring my pulse begins to quicken and my plans form on how I’m going to interact with the city spring clean-up. It’s a veritable potluck dream for a junker like me. Problem is, it’s so vast I can’t bring everything home, so I limit myself to only shopping my quadrant when it’s the appropriate time. Here are a couple of #trashure things I picked up just around my block. Do you know what they are? Well, what they’re going to become is a repurposed chalkboard sign – two of them. Woot!
Happy Fall Y’all!! The fall season is here and what better way to kick off this wonderful time of year than with a DIY decor project? Today, I’m going to share with you the step-by-step process to create this Hello Fall sign for your very own.
Welcome your guests in style with this front door decor or hang on your wall to celebrate the season as I showed on my fireplace makeover.
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Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.
My belief is that these originally came from Hobby Lobby and they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.
In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…
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What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee.
Spring is in the air and is just around the corner. eep! For me, that makes me think garden and garden decor , curb appeal, and CITY CLEAN-UP!! Seriously, what a great time of year and there is trashure to be found. Last year, however, I was a good girl and stayed home, that is until my neighbor told me about a “desk” around the corner that I gave some French oh, la la. And then there are things like these cute picket fences.
They’re perfect for the Trash to Treasure Tuesday my blogger friends and I host every second Tuesday of the month, so be sure to check out their projects at the end of the post. AND for more fun, come on over to Instagram for your chance to win a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer. You know I love mine and you can see why HERE and HERE.
Today’s story goes like this…I was headed home from church and trying to keep my eyes on the road while there were mounds of trashure just calling my name. Then I saw a Mid-Century dinette set a lady was in the process of setting out and she had these little pickets.
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.
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.
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.
Until next time!
More repurposed DIY’s like painted window screen:
Lately, I’ve been trying to get a few projects done for our own home that I’ve had on my brain. Sometimes it seems like my head is going to explode and it feels good to work on something and be able to mark it off my list. I’ve always admired the whimsy of bathroom directional sign – a sort of vintage here-you-go sign. Check out my repurposed direction…hee hee.
Well, I’ve been making a point to work through my stash bit by bit and get creative and here is what I pulled out as possible repurposed direction sign candidates.
A wood turning, a small single tree (for a goat?), a rusty old coping saw, and a leftover piece of my treadle sewing machine table. I decided to use my rusty saw and sewing machine part (that funky piece of wood).
Thanksgiving is not the only time of year would should give thanks for all of our blessings. In hopes to keep my mind on what to be thankful for, I have a fun DIY Thankful sign for you. It’s all about some wood and rope. Woot!
It’s a simple build that you can create with reclaimed wood, and can even be built from new wood. This project is versatile and can be changed up to suit your decor – paint it, change the word…do whatever you feel. The mini chalkboards make this thankful sign unique since it can be changed as you see fit. Have fun with it!
Fall is just around the corner and it’s one of my favorite seasons. For me, living in farm country, it means harvest time! All the wonders of creation performing their grand finale and we get to reap the benefit of such splendor. There’s nothing like a cup of hot cider on a cool fall evening, a hearty pile of pumpkins, or a long hayride with our loved ones. That’s what I envisioned when deciding what to create for this month’s Power Tool Challenge. (there’s all sorts of DIY goodies for you at the bottom of this post!) Here is my treat to you, a fall harvest sign.
For my project, I wanted a rustic harvest sign that would bring back memories and also create them too.
Hi. My name is Larissa, and I’m addicted to old signs. There. I said it. There’s just something about the typography and artistry of old advertisements, name plates, just…whatever. They draw me in, and since it’s hard to find these relics, I like to create my own – especially on cast-off wood. Let me show you how in this simple painted sign tutorial.
…especially paired with antique treasures like this single tree!
Who can resist the time-worn wear and chippy paint, all telling a story of days gone by?
I’d like to show you the transfer method I use to create signs and furniture. I have oodles of examples of how I use this method on my furniture makeovers seen HERE like this chest.
Only a couple items needed besides your wood (and an antique anything, if you have something!) to do this painted sign tutorial.
- oil pastels – I mainly use kids pastels (cheap & work just as well), but any will do. You can also use chalk, transfer paper, or graphite paper.
- colored pencil – in a bright color
- acrylic craft paint – in color desired
- #5 or #6 round paint brush – you could use any one hand, I prefer these.
- paint tray or plastic lid
- Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or similar program
- masking tape, painters’ tape, or similar
First, measure the wood you’re using to get the parameters you need your graphic to fit into. I typically leave about an inch allowance or greater, depending on the design.
Next, I lay out my graphic (you can also use a pre-made design or clip art) in a software program. I used to use Microsoft Word, but now love to use Photoshop. No need to reverse the image, just print it out as you read it, and tape it together, if needed.
Once your graphic is printed, grab your oil pastel (I like to use the same color as the paint I’m using), and rub the reverse side of the graphic everywhere you want to show up. To be able to see where to rub, a light box is great (I have a homemade one), but I always use my window since I’m too lazy to drag out my light box. ahem.
Last, center and tape in place your graphic with the right side facing you. Then, take your colored pencil and trace firmly all the parts you coated with the pastel.
Before completely removing the paper after you’re done tracing, gently lift up a side to see if you’ve traced every part and make any necessary adjustments.
It should look like this…
Now you’re ready to paint! I think you can figure this part out, so I won’t elaborate on this part.
Seriously, any old wood will do. See! Here’s part of my stash:
Here’s another sign using a vintage Morris rocking chair part and a thrown out Vera Bradley sign made of foam board. (it doesn’t even have to be wood!)
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