Easy Rustic Country Sign - DIY

by Patricia
10 Materials
2 Hours

Today's post is about how I re-purposed an old window screen into a rustic country sign. This is a fun and easy project that can be customized for a variety of purposes!

The screen I used for my project is large and measures approximately 55" high x 34" wide. But any size screen would work.

First clean the screen with soap and water. After it's dry apply a coat or two of shellac with a foam brush to both the frame and screen to provide a sealed base coat to work on.

Next I painted and distressed the wood frame. Then I taped off the window frame and lightened the screen by dry brushing it with Country Grey paint (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). I kept the brush strokes random since I was planning for the finished project to look rustic.

I lightly aged the screen with a decorative glaze (Rustoleum Transformations in Java Brown). I used a foam brush to apply the glaze and used a damp paper towel to wipe off the excess.

I printed off an image and taped it to the back of the screen and traced the letters with a fine tip Sharpie permanent marker.

After I finished tracing the outline I used a thicker chisel-tipped Sharpie to fill in the letters. I turned the screen upside down for this step because it was easier for me to reach.

I repeated the steps for the text on the bottom portion of the screen. For extra dimension and a more finished look, I lined the back with burlap fabric by attaching it with a staple gun.

Definitely fun and easy! Be sure to stop by my blog for more details and photos of this project. :-)

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  • Shannon Bouldin Shannon Bouldin on Apr 30, 2019

    I see you have a clear wax in your materials. What did you use it on and at what point in the process?

  • Kathie Kathie on May 01, 2019

    Would you put this screen back inside window.?

  • Robbie Robbie on Jan 02, 2023

    Just curious how it looked before you applied the burlap. Was the burlap an afterthought?

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