Friday, January 16, 2015

Vintage Goods Stenciled Window Screen

A few days after Christmas I went on a little field trip over to the historic town of Jackson and to a nearby antique mall.  I wasn't really looking for anything in particular, I just needed a good junking fix.  One thing that caught my eye right away was a booth that had several old windows with the screens still intact and in good shape.  

stenciled window screen MySalvagedTreasures.com DIY
I knew right away that I wanted to turn one of the screens into a sign.  I was working on a little change in this area of my house and thought it would be perfect for this spot.  This area is in the middle of the house and gets very little direct light, so getting a picture without funny shadows and weird colors was a real challenge.

I chose this screen to come home with me because I loved the unusual long and narrow shape when it was extended all the way out.

DIY Silhouette Cameo stenciled vintage window screen
I didn't have enough Silhouette vinyl to complete this project, so I had to use cheapo shelf liner paper even though I knew from my last stenciled screen (seen here) that it would not stick to the screen.  In order to keep my sanity and not ditch the whole project, I chose two simple fonts that wouldn't get out of control while I positioned the stencil on the screen.

stenciling with a Silhouette Cameo
This is after I finished stenciling using a large stencil brush and antique white acrylic paint.  You'd never know there was any paint at all on the screen because it gets lost against the white paper towel background.

DIY #mysalvagedtreasures vintage stenciled window screen upcycle
A little paint goes a long way and pops against the light tan wall.

vintage goods DIY stenciled window screen Silhouette Cameo project
It's 44" long when all the way open.   Pay no attention to those shiny nails on the left side of the frame, I took care of them by rusting 'em up.

stenciled window screen DIY vintage #mysalvagedtreasures
Just a little tidbit about this hutch that my grandmother had in her home as far back as I can remember.  When she passed away in 1975 it went to my aunt, then to my parents after my aunt passed away, then to my sister when my mom moved into a smaller home about ten years ago.  My sister had it stored in her garage all this time (gasp), and just offered it to me a few months ago.  My original plan was to paint it, but I didn't have the heart to cover it up once I realized how beautiful the wood was.  I love the contrast between the beautiful marble top (it weighs more than the hutch) and the dark walnut wood.  Did I mention that I'm still filling up the drawers?  Love all the new storage space I have now.



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37 comments:

  1. Beautiful hutch and the handles are stunning! Your sign is perfect above it!

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  2. Hi Betsy!! Oh, WOW, I have several of these screens! I have them in my laundry room but they looked kind of plain, now I know what to do!!! Thank you for the inspiration! Beautiful hutch has fond a loving home!!!! Lovely vignette too (and I wouldn't expect anything less from you :) )

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  3. I love the hutch. It's so pretty that I wouldn't want to cover that wood up either! I love the stenciling! I have been wanting to try to stencil on screen ever since I saw it on Junk Gypsies. Thanks for showing how it's done!

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  4. This is very cool, Betsy -- really looks terrific!

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  5. Your screen is wonderful. I have never seen one that opens up like that. I'm so glad your grandmother's hutch ended up with someone who really appreciates it. Sadly, my husband is refinishing a piece of my mother's which I have to part with, but I have enjoyed it for the last 30 years. Now someone else hopefully will treasure it for the wonderful piece that it is.

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  6. I love your screen sign, Betsy...I have one of those in the garage, and now I have some inspiration on how to use it...thanks!
    Your grandmother's hutch is a real treasure...so lovely...I wouldn't paint it either.

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  7. Your screen project is amazing. I love the stenciling and the way the screen adjusts is so unique. Your grandmother's hutch is beautiful. I'm so glad you didn't paint it... it's perfect like it stands!

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  8. Beautiful hutch and I love family treasures! The screen sign is really cute! Good job!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  9. I need a Cricket or Silouette. So many great projects!
    Your hutch looks fabulous in its original finish.

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  10. Your grandmother's piece is beautiful and the sign is the perfect piece to hang over it!

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  11. What a gorgeous piece of furniture. Love your screen sign. Perfect place for it.

    Judy

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  12. Love, love, love, once for the screen and once for the hutch and once for the whole lovely combination!

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  13. The sign is really great and the heritage piece is wonderful. I love the handles and the marble top.

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  14. Your Grandparents chest is wonderful also those fabulous drawer pulls it would be wonderful painted but i understand why you wouldn't paint it. and how do you keep enough patients to do these tedious projects LOL

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  15. Good gravy, that screen turned out cool! You always have the best brainwaves, Betsy. And I'm glad you didn't paint over the wood,it is lovely and aren't you lucky!

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  16. Love how your screen turned out......and that hutch is fabulous!
    I don't think I could have painted it either. Love how you have
    everything put together for this vignette. Have fun!

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  17. Love what you did here! I also love your grandparent's chest of drawers. It's lovely and looks perfect as is :)

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  18. It's a beautiful piece of furniture that will be enjoyed again! Happy weekend sweet friend! Hugs!

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  19. That is just beautiful! Now if I can ever find a screen like that......sigh........ Pinning it so I don't forget!

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  20. Hi Betsy,
    I love this project! Now I'll be out tomorrow looking for old window screens:-) I've done quite a bit of stenciling but never thought to try it on a screen so I appreciate the tutorial. Love your blog...added it to my sidebar for others to see. Cheryl

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  21. Wonderful piece of furniture. So nice to see some antique furniture that has not been painted. Nothing against painted furniture ... but some just need to left original.
    Love how you stenciled the screen. Maybe I should stencil mine instead of a stencil behind it. Great idea.
    Thanks,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  22. Cute, cute, cute! I would love to do this in my garden--adding old screens to my thrifting list :)
    Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Cecilia

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  23. Loving your screen project the length is great ~ very nice!!! That hutch with those gorgeous pulls and marble top looks right at home, glad you didn't paint it...the wood is beautiful. I've been holding off on the paint lately, just been re-doing the pieces that really, really need a make-over. By the way Betsy, I did a screen project and it about drove me nuts, then I discovered if you fold up an old towel or piece of drop cloth to fit under the screen it seems to help. Best ~ Mickie

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  24. What machine do you ladies recommend, Cricket or Silouette or is there something else out there?
    Thank so much,
    Robbie

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  26. I've only scratched the surface of what the Silhouette can do, but I LOVE it. It's the only cutting machine I've used, so can't really say anything about the others.

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  27. The hutch is gorgeous, and I love your screen sign. It all looks fabulous together!

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  28. Betsy,
    This project turned out GREAT and I love how it looks in your home. I really need to get a Silhouette...where did you get yours?

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  29. Betsy! This is such a cool idea! I truly love the outcome! So neat that you didn't even have to create your own frame. Thanks for sharing it on Party Junk! Shared on FB. :)

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  30. This is darling Betsy! Looks wonderful above your grandmothers buffet.hugs,
    Jann

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  31. I love this, how fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  32. I am so happy to see this! I bought 4 or 5 of those last summer and have been trying to decide what to do with them. I love this and am going to make some. Thanks!!

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  33. Your walnut chest is gorgeous, so glad you didn't paint it!
    Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday. Have a great week!
    Gina

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  34. What a cute screen. I just love this idea, just perfect with your cool vintage finds!
    We'd love to have you share it.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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