Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Today is the day. We have reached the end of 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips 😔

Today's project is made with another common thrift shop find... picture frames!

When you are shopping thrift store frames, it's easy to get hung up on what's in the frame. Try to focus on the frame itself because sometimes what's in them it downright ugly but the frame alone is really nice!

I'm going to show you how to paint on a screen today... like the screen from your screen door or windows!

Back when my mom and I used to do craft shows, I painted a lot of old window screens, usually with snowmen... and they were always popular.

They are really cool looking and SO easy too!

Screen painting is very forgiving, it's a very sloppy way to paint so you don't need perfect lines or shading techniques.😃

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips
I've had this picture frame for many, many years but I did thrift it! I gave it the grey primer coat all those years ago and never did anything else with it.

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7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Take the glass and back out of your frame and spray paint the frame the color of your choice.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Next, add the screen. If you don't happen to have a piece of screen... because you aren't a supply hoarder like I am... I bet you may have an old screen lying out on the side of your house or maybe a friend might have one you could have. If not, I did include a link to buy it new up in the supply list if you need to buy it.

Most frames will be made of wood and you can just staple the screen to the back. If you happen to have a frame made of plastic... or plaster (like mine), then you'll need to glue it. I used E-6000 glue and clamps.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

I did go back and spray the screen the same black as I used on the frame, which is black. If you aren't using black on your frame, then I would suggest spray painting the screen black before you attach it to the frame, it gives a nice backdrop for your painting.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Use chalk to lightly draw your design outline.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Tape off along the edge of your frame and use a sponge brush and lots of paint and begin filling in the chalked areas.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

You want the paint to clump in the sections of screen so lots of paint is in order (don't forget to cover your work surface!) I did two coats.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Next paint the stripes on the pumpkin. I used Burnt Umber colored paint (any dark brown will work) and the same brush I used for the pumpkins. Only load up half of the brush with brown and leave the orange on the other side. When you paint the stripe it will look like shading rather than a harsh line.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Use the burnt umber and add pumpkin stems.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Next, use a stencil brush and yellow paint to create highlights. Dip your stencil brush in the yellow and wipe most of it off on a paper towel, then just use a sort of scrubbing motion to add the highlights.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Use the white paint and stencil brush, in the same manner, to further accentuate the highlights. Use the white plus a little brown to add highlights to the stems.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

I used the words stencil from this Teresa Collins stencil set.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

And added the word "Grateful". You can see I also used green to add some little tendrils to the small pumpkin.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Add some embellishments to the frame... I used fall silk leaves, some cotton bolls, and ribbon.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

I cut a couple of slits in the top of the screen and threaded some ribbon through and around the frame to hang mine because it's plaster and I can't nail in a hanger. You will probably be able to just add a regular hanger to yours.

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

What do you think?

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

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Pumpkin Screen Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips
To see the rest of Days 1 through 6 of 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips, check out these posts:

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I hope you enjoyed this year's projects. I tried to make them a little simpler and with supplies that are easy to find. Until next year!!