An Upcycled/Repurposed Window Screen Hot Cocoa Bar Sign


I picked up this window screen at a local antique and consignment shop for $6.

I have had good luck with window screen projects before, so I decided to give this one a try.

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The screen had two metal clips on the short sides, used to keep the window screens in place.

I removed them.

After wiping the screen down with a damp rag, I brushed on a couple coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.

I painted the screen as well, leaving gobs of paint in some parts of the screen holes for some texture.

I then grabbed my new Hot Cocoa with Cup Stencil from Old Sign Stencils.  This stencil is another new one for this season, and will work all winter long.

All pricing and shipping amounts on the website are stated in Canadian funds, and will be converted to US funds.

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


Since the stencil doesn't fit perfectly on the screen as is, I will have to move it around.

I centered Hot Cocoa Bar vertically and horizontally on the screen, leaving the snowflake cup until later.  I used a ruler to center the stencil both vertically and horizontally.

I taped the stencil down with blue painter's tape.

After pouncing on Hot in Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red, I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black for Cocoa and Bar.

I then concentrated on the cup with snowflake portion of the stencil.  

I lined the edge of the stencil up with the edge of the screen frame, and the bottom of the cup with the word Cocoa.

I used a piece of blue tape along the edge of the snowflake while stenciling the cup to prevent the stencil brush from mixing the paints.  I also did this when stenciling the snowflake.

On the right side, I aligned the stencil on the edge of the frame and used a yardstick to get the cup bottoms even.

After painting the screen clips in Drop Cloth, they were added to front bottom frame of the screen as cup hooks.

I did not wax or seal the stencils or paint.

Neither Dixie Belle or Fusion Mineral Paint require sealing, and the sign will be hanging on an indoor wall. It will be fine in the matte finish.

An Upcycled/Repurposed Window Screen Hot Cocoa Bar Sign
Here is my finished window screen, Hot Cocoa Bar sign.

An Upcycled/Repurposed Window Screen Hot Cocoa Bar Sign
Enamelware cups and coffeepots are a perfect accompaniment to my sign.  I have both cream color pieces and snow white ones.

An Upcycled/Repurposed Window Screen Hot Cocoa Bar Sign
This coffee pot was stenciled with Christmas lights in a project post HERE.

An Upcycled/Repurposed Window Screen Hot Cocoa Bar Sign
The new Hot Cocoa Bar Stencil is awesome.  My favorite part is the snowflake in the cup!

An Upcycled/Repurposed Window Screen Hot Cocoa Bar Sign
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