Monday, March 25, 2013

Stenciled Window Screen

It was the rusty blue frame of this tattered old window screen that caught my eye when I discovered it in the outdoor section of an antique mall a couple of months ago.  The poor thing was still wet from a recent storm and it needed a good cleaning to remove all the debris stuck inside the back of the frame, but I had to have it.

 I knew right away it wanted to be a sign.

Antiques for sale....this way and that way.

I gave it a bath and sprayed the frame with a matte acrylic sealer.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the stencil from some cheapo shelf liner instead of the more expensive Silhouette vinyl.  As you can see, it did not want to stick to the screen, so I ended up stenciling in small sections as I held it down with my fingers. 

I wrapped some wire through the small slits in the corners, then tied the twine to the wire.

The nail is covered with the help of a large vintage rhinestone button.  A little bling is always a good thing.

Now I'm adding rusty old screens to my focus list when I'm out treasure hunting.
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39 comments:

  1. That turned out fabulous! I love the color of that screen too.
    Have a great week.
    Jane

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  2. How great is that combo of rust, pale blue chippy paint and some bling? Fab Betsy! What a great idea; I love it!

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  3. Another absolutely inspired rescue! Betsy, your wealth of ideas never ceases to amaze.

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  4. That is a wonderful idea! So inventive! And the bling just makes it..smart girl!!

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  5. Betsy,
    You have a great eye for finding repurposing items. If I had came across that old screen, I would not have seen it's potential. Thanks for sharing your insight.

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  6. Betsy, this is pure fun and genius!:-)

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  7. It looks great Betsy!!!!!!

    Love the blue!!

    Xox
    Marsha

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  8. How on earth do you keep astonishing me????? This is BEAUTIFUL. And it used to be the junkiest of the junk!

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  9. I'm adding screens to my hunting list too!! That is adorable! You are so creative, I never would have thought of that!

    Carol

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  10. Betsy this is very cool! I really like how it turned out!
    hugs, Linda

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  11. My Oh My....You did it again!!! Now I've got to find an old screen!!! Love It!

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  12. Great idea. Looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Looks so cool Betsy!Love that bit of bling on that hanger too!
    xx
    Anne

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  14. Wonderful! I adore your stenciled screen with the blue chippy paint. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

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  15. This turned out great! And I love the idea of using shelf liner to create the stencil-perfect!

    ~Trisha

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  16. Love this! I sell bunches of rusty window screens in my antique mall space and I wonder if this is what some of them are used for? I have one in my garage that will get the 'Betsy Stencil Process' asap. You're so clever! :-)

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  17. Wonderful idea and makeover. It's perfect in every way.

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  18. Well I never...just lovely, creative, and pretty. From the hot land of screened porches,olive

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  19. What a perfect project for you. It turned out great and I'm sure it'll draw attention to all your other treasures!

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  20. Love it...it turned out great!!
    ~Cindy

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  21. Betsy,
    your screen sign turned out very cool! I love old windows and screens, have 2 framed screens in my garage and can't wait to pull them out! Thanks for visiting.
    Rebecca

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  22. You brought back to life and you know I love the touch of bling!

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  23. I should have known when I clicked on the post at the party that it would be one of your ideas. You are amazing with the ideas you come up with.

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  24. Betsy,
    Thank you...thank you...thank you!! I have about six small screens that this would be perfect for. I love the color of yours and the old pin is the perfect touch.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  25. As others love it, great find and clever too! Pinned!

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  26. As others love it, great find and clever too! Pinned!

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  27. That turned out just great, Betsy! I love the soft blue and the rust of the frame.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  28. How perfect! You've got such a creative eye for turning trash into treasure! Love the sign! I'll be on the lookout for screens now!

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  29. Betsy - very nice! Love this! I have been thinking about getting the Silhouette Cameo...I think you just helped me make that decision! ♥

    -PaMeLa ;)

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  30. I love this idea, you are so clever! Hope you got all the paint off your fingers!

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  31. Whodathunkit? Amazing idea and I'm not sure which is more clever, the cute rhinestone button covering the nail in the wall or the ingenious screen sign. I'm always in awe of what you come up with, Betsy!
    Liz

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  32. Perfect! But I just have to laugh over the confusing two arrow heads Betsy haha

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  33. Wow! I love how it turned out. Love the color and the rhinestone button is so nifty. I must remember that!:) Love the stencil too!:)

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  34. I am loving this window screen SO much!! How clever and simply adorable!
    I'm going to right it down in my inspiration book. Love it!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  35. OH, I will be looking for screens, too! Wonderful project, Betsy! Thanks for sharing!

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