Stenciling on an Old Window Screen with Old Sign Stencils

I recently purchased this old window screen painted dark green for $5.  

It has some damage to the screen, but I think that may add to the charm of my project.

First I washed the screen and frame down well with soap and water.

Then I brushed on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Honfleur (a brown) onto just the screen.  I used a semi dry brush. I wanted the screen to have a aged and maybe even rusty appearance.  

On my second coat of ASCP in Honfleur, I purposely left paint in some of the screen's holes.  
I thought this gave the old screen an even grubbier appearance.

Next I pulled out a Sleigh Rides Stencil from *Old Sign Stencils.

After centering the stencil on the screen, I taped it securely with blue painter's tape.

I then pounced on the lettering with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Buttercream, using a Dreamweaver Stencil Brush

I added a second coat of buttercream paint on the stencils.

I then sealed the screen and stenciling, and the frame too with Varathane Crystal Clear Water-Based Polyurethane in Satin.  

 I added two eye screws to the top of the screen frame.

Then I tied on a length of jute twine for hanging.

I added two Maze Cut masonry nails to the bottom of the frame.

I think masonry nails have a rustic look.

I decided to hang some colorful wool socks on the nails.

I like how my rustic screen/sign turned out.

Rustic Toboggan Sleigh Rides Sign
I have used the sleigh rides stencil before on a toboggan, here.

Old Window Lunch Sign
I made a similar sign with a window instead of a window screen here.

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.

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  1. Another great idea Carleen. Pinned. I love Donna's stencils - so many ways to use them.

  2. Carlene, this turned out great! I agree about Old Sign Stencils, I have about 5 or six of my own. :) Great quality and your screen turned out wonderful. I love how the masonry nails look like horse shoe nails. :)
    ~ Christina in SW FL

  3. I love your screen!!! It’s a wonderful idea. Hugs,

  4. I love the screen sign. I thought you used old square nails! So glad to know what they are so I can look for them.

  5. So clever ... love it. I stenciled a screen and found it really easy to do. Enjoy the Holidays and Merry Christmas.
    Audrey Z.

  6. Soooo sweet! I love the screen idea and flipping it into a stocking hanger! Your projects always get my festive spirit cranked on high again! Thanks for the boost, it worked better than this AM's coffee! :D

  7. Your screen sign looks wonderful and the masonry nails look great and so rustic!

  8. That's adorable Carlene! Love the addition of the colorful socks! You have such a crafting gift!

  9. Very cute idea. Love the stencil on the old screen. I have some old screens and was going to paint something on them but I love the stencils you use so I think I'm going to be doing some stenciling instead! Great ideas, thanks.


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