Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Damask Screen Door

Several months ago I found an old screen door at a local Flea Market.
It was dingy and dirty and even sporting a few "vintage" cobwebs as a bonus.
Mr. Concrete was skeptical as usual, but only gave me a few dirty looks when I insisted on having it. 
He even talked the vendor into a better price! ($8, gotta love him)

I wasn't certain what to do with my fun new purchase when I carried it to the car, but it didn't take long for inspiration to strike.


This was a Pre-Blog Project (PBP) so I have no before pics of this bad boy in all of it's cobwebby goodness.
But I do have a couple "in-progess" shots.

The DAMASK Begins!!

I painted the weathered, grey wood with a sloppy dry-brush of white, then threw some black on the screen to freshen it up.

If my Script Wall didn't clue you guys in to my tendency to bite off more than I can chew, this one just might.

I can't be the only crazy home decorator who got an idea in their head at 9 o'clock on a Sunday night and absolutely couldn't wait one more second to start it!

One might argue that a stencil and white paint would have been acceptable tools for this project.
And they'd be right.
But, I had neither.
And Michael's and Hobby Lobby were closed! (and these were pre-Silhouette days)

So picture me tracing this damask directly off my computer screen, (no busted-down printer will get in my way) taping that tracing to the back of the screen door and then tracing/painting it on with the only thing I had available.

A Chalk Marker!

Well it worked didn't it?

I only had to move that makeshift print-out stencil thingy a few times, and do some measuring and taping and bending and cutting and yada, yada, yada...
I'd buy a stencil next time, ya happy?!! 

And we won't be throwing buckets of water over my chalk masterpiece any time soon, but it's held up so far.

Hey, I actually used paint on this part!

Mr. Concrete was kind enough to cut down a left over piece of bead board for me to fit in the middle section and add some interest.
My plan was to glue it in place but the fit was so perfect it wasn't necessary.

The printer actually worked for the Monogram part. I'm a lucky girl!

I added a Monogram to the bottom for our last name, put our Anniversary year in the middle and hung a wedding pic to top it off!

I've recently been tossing around the idea of adding some color behind it.
Just a hint of duck egg blue would be kinda yummy... 
or am I crazy?
And hey! Don't forget the Ramsign Giveaway is still going on through this Saturday, 7/28. Don't miss it!

I'm linking up with:



  1. That turned out beautiful. I think the hint of Duck egg blue would be totally yummy. Dee from My Painted Stuff.

  2. This came out fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing, and it was definitely worth the hard work! :)

  3. You're right! Great minds do think alike!!! I love how your screen door turned out!!! Very creative! :)

  4. I love it as is, but I think the blue would be stunning. I love that you're adding the blue in the room. It's so pretty. You keep me on my toes and give me more inspiration. I'm thinking of adding touches of sage green to lighten things up a bit.

  5. Personally, I think it is PERFECT just as it is. And yes, I can totally relate to the "it's 9pm Sunday night but I MUST do this now" thing.


  6. That is so darn cute and so darn creative! I love it just the way it is!! Love the inspiration...I am out to seek a screen door! :o)

  7. this is perfect, I wouldn't change a thing. Love the added beadboard. Can you hop over to my current post and give me an idea of what to do with the back of a cupboard space? I'd love your thoughts on it.

  8. Love the idea- it turned out great! The bead board in the middle is awesome, as is the damask pattern.

  9. How beautiful this turned out! What a great idea! I Pinned it!

  10. Hey Jeannine...just stopped by to let you know that I have nominated you for The Liebster Blog Award. It's for up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Congrats ~ Judy


  11. That's beautiful! I'm also awarding you the Liebster Award! CONGRATS! Follow to my POST!

  12. Haha oh my goodness, this one fought you all the way! It looks so great tho! Thanks for linking up at my Pin It Thursday party!

  13. That is beautiful! Love how it turned out! I always love seeing what you link up each week! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

  14. I adore your screen door! It's really unique and clever! Thank you for taking the time to share it at Potpourri Friday! It's appreciated!

  15. Shut the front door...you did not trace that off the computer screen did you? LOLOLOL that was a good one.
    In the first photo it looked like a regular size screen door but in the last photo it looked smaller. I am asking because guess what I just so happen to have sitting on my back porch. LOL perfect timing!!
    Yes another idea I am stealing from you...but I will have to use printed fabric LOL.
    Great job

    1. Hey Ms Jay! You're right, It isn't a full size screen door, it's only 5 feet tall. We think it must've been an insert or something.
      I'd love to see it when you finish your screen!
      Oh, and yes, I traced it. You know I'm crazy!!

      ~ Jeannine

  16. I don't generally comment on blog posts, but I have to say that you ROCKED THAT!!!! I am stunned by your creativity and ingenuity!! It looks beautiful!!

  17. lol! I can related to an idea and doing it right this minute. When I haven't taken that initiative, I've forgotten the idea. This is beautiful just the way it is but I link a hint of color is a great idea too. Beautiful job!

  18. Who knew you could turn a screen door into something so pretty? That looks amazing!

  19. Love it and love the dedication to see it through! I have also snagged an idea late at night only to just HAVE to do it right now, as I imagine so many of us have. Lol. Sometimes you've just got to get on it. This turned out perfectly beautiful & would look just as pretty with some blue behind it. Thanks for sharing it!

  20. Hi Jeannine, what a great idea for this piece, just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your damask door on Vintage Inspiration this week, thanks so much for joining in!

  21. Beautiful, elegant, romantic. Well done.

    Thank you for linking it up at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com
    (and thank you for linking back from your article. So appreciated!!)

    Looking forward to seeing you again later today with another fabulous project!


  22. I loved this project! Featured it at Pin Inspiration Thursday :) http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/08/pin-inspiration-party-81.html

  23. Jeannine!! Your hard work totally paid off!!! LOVE IT!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  24. This is so lovely, and what a creative way to use an old screen door. Love the damask wallpaper affect on top. Well to be honest, I love everything about this. You hard work and love in creating it really worked out so well. My fingers are crossed you’ll share your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – sharing is a good thing!

  25. I so so love this. It is so very pretty and creative on your part! Tickled pink you shared at Sunday's Best, your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

  26. Oh wow, you were totally inspired on this one! I love it!

  27. Crazy talented is what you are!

  28. Wow, this is fabulous. I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

  29. Wow! I'm so impressed! I'd love for you to share at my linky party...it just opened!

    XO, Aimee

  30. This is gorgeous! So glad you shared it at my newbie party!

  31. Wow.
    I'll be honest- if I'd read a description of this without a picture, I wouldn't have looked. Luckily, I saw the picture and followed the link, and am seriously impressed. You hit just the right note between slightly distressed/shabby and classy/chic. It looks fabulous on your wall and with the surrounding furnishings. Thank you for being gutsy, for being brilliant, and for sharing it with us!
    (I live in Baltimore, famous for its "painted screens," and marble entry steps when my grandparents were children/)


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