Rustic Window Screen Stenciled Window Box

May 05, 2018
These cedar planter boxes or window boxes are readily available at home improvement centers.  I purchased this one at our local Menard's.  It's 24" wide and unfinished.

I decided to age the window box with Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator.  This product worked  very well for me with cedar pickets.  I brushed on two coats.

Read on to see the rest of this project.

I purchased some window screens at a garage sale a couple of years ago. 

I have used them for projects and outdoor vignette backdrops.

In today's project, I am using this 23" window screen with chippy white paint.

I did not repaint the window screen frame, but I did brush on a couple of coats of Chalked Paint in Chiffon Cream on the screen.

Use a light hand on the screens.  You don't want all of the holes filled with paint, however, leaving a few spots with paint gives the screen a more aged appearance.

You don't have to paint a screen to stencil it, but you are limited on paint colors if you don't.  On unpainted screens, I usually just use white or cream for lettering.

I I taped my large *Old Sign Stencils Thick Grain Sack Stripe to the screen for stenciling.

Just so you know, the tape does not hold very well on screen, so you will need to hold the stencil down with your free hand.

Also, if the screen has some slack, place a stack of newspaper or something under the screen so it stays level.

I used Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Paint in Black to stencil on the grain sack stripes.

I also used this tractor stencil from the FolkArt Die Cut Paper Stencils Farm Life (26-Pack).

I centered it on the top screen, and stenciled it on with Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red.  

I then attached my window box to the screen frame with screws on each side.

I used just two screws.

Farmhouse Style Rustic Window Screen Window Box Planter #stencil #oldsignstencils #grainsackstripe #tractor
I sealed my screen with Krylon Gallery Series Artist and Clear Coat Spray in Satin Finish.  I used two coats, and I did not seal the window box.

I hung my screen/window box with eye screws and a wire on the back.  Since I have metal siding, I usually use a wire to hang my projects next to the door, and use the same nail.

Farmhouse Style Rustic Window Screen Window Box Planter #stencil #oldsignstencils #grainsackstripe #tractor
The screen had a nail in the bottom from previous displays.

I may add a couple more nails for more garden tools too.

Farmhouse Style Rustic Window Screen Window Box Planter #stencil #oldsignstencils #grainsackstripe #tractor
Easy and fun farmhouse style!

Farmhouse Style Rustic Window Screen Window Box Planter #stencil #oldsignstencils #grainsackstripe #tractor
*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.

More stenciled screen projects:
Window Screen Family Photo Display #stencil #ASCP #photodisplay
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and stencils made the window screen into a fun photo display piece.  See all the details here.

Window Screen Sign #coffee #oldsignstencils

Window Screen Winter Sign #oldsignstencils
A Christmas/winter screen sign here.

Window SCREEN Salvage Ideas #oldsignstencils #stencil
Easy garden screen project.
See the details here.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Hi Carlene. What a wonderful use of your garage sale find. A stenciled window box screen was an inspired idea and it turned out perfect! I can't wait to stencil an old screen of my own. sharing your post! :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Kristi Kirk Trent, Oklahoma City

  2. Carlene, this is super cute and pretty. I love how you use window screens. The window box is wonderful.
    ~ Christina in SW FL

  3. This is fabulous! Amazing way to add a "window" to the porch.


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