Friday, October 2, 2015

Stenciled Window Screens

It was a happy day when I discovered some vintage sliding screens at an antique mall last month. I'm always on the hunt for a new supply of old screens to stencil, so I grabbed all three that were hanging in the booth, then checked every nook and cranny for more. No such luck, so I turned three screens into five by separating the two larger ones.
Flea Market custom stenciled vintage window screen
Screen #1 points the way to the Flea Market. 

flea market custom stenciled vintage window screen
 I used a Flea Market stencil that I created with my Silhouette Cameo on two of the separated screens. The cheap sticky shelf paper liner was a real pain to work with because it wouldn't stick to the screen, but at least it was easy to remove so I could use it on screen #2.  

repurposed custom stenciled flea market window screen
A very dry brush and pouncing motion leaves a crisp line on the heavy texture of the screen.  

Large Bingo stencil from #oldsignstencils at Funky Junk Interiors
Screen #3 was stenciled with one of my favorite Old Sign Stencils that I received from Funky Junk Interiors. Even though I had to tweak parts of the stencil to fit on the screen, it was a whole lot easier to work with than the vinyl.  

stenciled vintage window screen with Bingo stencil from Funky Junk Interiors Old Sign Stencils
 I used white acrylic paint to stencil the first overlay, then black acrylic paint for the BINGO and Free Space overlay.  The final step was to glue a magnet to the back of each wooden game piece. Now it's a functional magnetic board and not just a cute sign!

stenciled window screen from
Screen #4 found a new home during my vintage show a couple of weeks ago. Screen #5 (not pictured) was stenciled with an Eiffel Tower postage stamp.

Custom stenciled vintage goods repurposed window screen
The original version of my Vintage Goods folding screen still hangs in my entryway. You can see that post here.
I'm going out treasure hunting at a vintage street fair on Sunday. I'll bet you can guess what's on my shopping list!

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  1. I have never stenciled on screens. I will have to give it a try! Love yours!

  2. These are so cute! Great job!


  3. What a fantastic idea and they look absolutely wonderful!

  4. I LOVE them, Betsy! They are fabulous! Good luck with finding more vintage screens tomorrow.

  5. Betsy, you are just so darn clever. Love those screens!

  6. I'm always amazed at your wonderful ideas! They are so rustic and unique. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend..

  7. It sounds difficult to stencil on screens but yours look crisp and wonderful! Great idea! I hope you find more on Sunday.

  8. Honestly Betsy, your creativity sends my brain whirling! These are really terrific and I can see why they get snatched up at your sale! Very clever with the magnets, too!

  9. These are very cool Betsy!! Great job!!

  10. Very Cool, glad I didn't miss these great ideas!.Fun way to give some privacy to a porch too. Thanks, Sandi

  11. These are so great! I've been looking for old screens since I saw some you stencilled a while ago, but haven't found any yet. I'll keep looking. Would love to do some myself.

  12. WOW...truly fabulous stenciled screens!!! Hmmm...I have some extra window screens in the basement...I think I can do this. Pinned

  13. Great idea for the screens Betsy-so creative!

  14. What a great idea. Hope you have a successful shopping trip tomorrow.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  15. Good Morning Betsy,
    I love these they are so great. Ohhhhhh I love your vintage goods sign hanging in your entry. That is fabulous.
    Have a wonderful week end.

  16. I had not seen screens painted before! On home screens this might be cute to add an architectural effect to corners of screens, or corner lace look. Know what I mean?

  17. Wait, hold the phone, did you turn a screen into a magnetic bingo card? OMGeeeeee, you are good! Love them all. The things you see!

  18. So much clever awesomeness. Really creative and I'm going to make some too. Painted screens, who knew?

  19. Wow, I honestly don't know whether I've ever noticed these things before while I was out junkin. But of course now you KNOW I'll be looking for them! I never wold have thought that paint would work well on the screens but as my father used to say, "You learn something every day!" They look great! xoKathleen

  20. These are super cool, Betsy. I love the bingo one.

  21. I love these, Betsy! The bingo screen is just too cute! You are so creative! xo Karen

  22. Betsy,
    These are soooo darn cute (love that Flea Market one).


  23. Love the screen art! I have used these screens when I can find them.

  24. ok I love this!! I would never think to use the screen.

  25. Oh my gosh you're a genius - really Betsy - you ARE !
    My kitchen screens are going to get this treatment - without a doubt - I'm in love with this idea and would never have thought of it in a million years - pinning !

  26. Brilliant idea. Very exciting Betsy. What a great way to make signs. Pinned.


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