Re-screen your screen in time for Summer Breezes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My friend Sarah asked me if I could re-screen a few of her screens. Of course I said yes and I thought what a great opportunity to blog about the process. I’m sure it’s been blogged about before – probably a million times, I’m not sure, I haven’t checked, but I’m going to blog about it anyway! As you can see from this pic, these screens are in pretty bad shape. Besides being torn, the screen was dry rotted – many years exposed to the elements. Replacing screen is not really a difficult thing to do. I remember many, many, many years ago, before I knew you could even buy the stuff to do things yourself. Before DIY was a popular catchphrase. My first time in a big box home improvement store really opened my eyes. I never realized I could walk in there and come out with screen, spline and the tool to install it. So now, many, many, many years later I try to look at projects with a DIY mindset. Can I do this? You can definitely do THIS project. Let’s get started. Obviously you have to gather your supplies. They look something like this.
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When you go to Home Depot or Lowe’s to look for your screen, you will see many types, sizes and colors. They usually come in rolls. They come in gray, charcoal, black. I’ve even seen a copper and a very shiny aluminum. They come in fiberglass and aluminum. They range from 25ft in a roll to 100ft. Measure your screens to make sure you get enough so you don’t have to run back to the store. Then you will need spline. That’s the stuff that holds the screen on the frame. You will also need a spline tool. It usually has two wheels, one on each end with a handle in the middle. One wheel is like a thin blade (but not sharp) and the other is like two wheels sandwiched together. It’s used for flat spline and the other is for round spline. I like the double wheel the best. I feel like I have more control. I already had the spline tool, but I did three screens for $20. Not bad. So the first step is to remove the old spline.
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I used my screwdriver and started in the corner.
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Just keep pulling until you pull the entire length out. As with the spline, push the screen out of the channel and keep pulling until you get it all out. Your frame will be very unstable and flimsy at this point so try to keep it flat on your work surface.
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Now is the perfect time to clean your frames, if they need it. I just used a soft sponge and some dawn. I really wanted to spray paint them white, but there just wasn’t enough time. The weather is perfect and I knew she wanted to get them back in her windows.
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Now comes the fun part! Lay your screen over the frame. Make sure you center it over your frame so you have enough to push down into the channel.
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Now it’s time to start pushing your spline which is on top of the screen, down into the channel. You always want to start in the corner and work your way all the way around, back to where you started. Is there a reason for this? I don’t know. It’s what I’ve read you should do and it’s what I’ve always done. I think using one piece gives it stability. Once I get it started, I like to pull it tight as I roll. It thins it out and makes it easier to push into the channel.
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Now, this is where I need to caution you. You must go slow and stay steady as you roll. Depending on the type of screen you get, if you go off track, there is a chance you will tear the screen. There is nothing more frustrating than having to start all over again and wasting screen. So take your time. Once you go all the way around, cut off the spline where it meets in the first corner and push it down. Now you can take your exacto knife and very gently cut as close to the spline as you can all the way around the screen.
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Viola`, you are done!
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Congrats on a job well done! Now, stick it back in the window and enjoy the beautiful Spring breezes before it’s 100 degrees out there and you have to close up the house and turn the air on!

Look what I found at the ReStore – Preview

I had another successful day at the ReStore yesterday. I found an awesome brushed nickel desk lamp for $3, a couple of styrofoam cones .50 ea (I see a Christmas project in my future) and then I found this…
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Do you know what it is?… How about this?
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Anything?…If you guessed a mailbox from a school or possibly an office, you would be correct. There were three, they were $30 each, but there was only one that had these…
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and I got it!!!! LOL. Any idea what I plan to do with it? Stay tuned for the details.

How to make your own plates, using sharpies and dollar store plates

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve been trying to find accent plates to use on my table during non-holiday times. Something that had a pop of color. Something that didn’t cost a fortune. Plates are expensive. If you’ve seen my craft room, you know I love paisley. I’ve been looking high and low for plates with orange paisley. I finally had a light bulb moment and decided to make them myself. I had seen a post on Eclectically Vintage where Kelly painted dollar store plates with paint using a Martha Stewart stencil (which was also paisley btw). It was part of a giveaway – stencil and MS paints. I didn’t win! Oh well, better luck next time. What I did have was an array of beautiful colored sharpies and the Allover Paisley Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I had used it on the inside of my cabinets. You can see that here.
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Now you can find plates at any dollar store. I looked at Dollar Tree and didn’t like what they had. I needed them to be square with a frame edge. I happened to pick these up at Kroger because I was there and I wanted to get started. These are too pricey for me to buy 7 more of each, so I will keep looking at different dollar stores and at Walmart. To start, pick your colors and stencil or if you are super talented and can draw, go for it. Me, not so much. My stencil is made for a wall, so it’s huge. I just put my plate under it and held it in place while I traced. If you have a smaller stencil you can tape it down with frog tape.
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Now, comes the fun part. Fill in all the blank spaces with the color sharpie you have chosen. This was my favorite part. You can really see how they are going to look. Ok, I’m sure you noticed that there are smudges and mistakes on the plates. These were new sharpies and they bled a little. No big deal, just get a Q-tip and wet it down. You can then wipe off all your mistakes (or should I say, the sharpies mistakes).
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Works like a charm. Then you end up with this.
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Now, to make them permanent and so you can eat off of them, you need to bake them. Yep, you heard right. Set your oven for 350 degrees and bake them for 30 minutes! That’s it.
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Well that’s it! That’s all you have to do. I know what you’re thinking, yes, you can go crazy with this. You can make a plate wall, like Kelly did, make plates for every holiday or for everyday. This is something you can really have fun with. So go ahead and have some fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathleen

Disclaimer: I have not washed my plates in a dishwasher, so I don’t know how they will handle it, but from what I’ve read, they should be fine. I also can’t say for sure whether your color(s) will change in the oven.

Central Kentucky Home, Garden and Flower Show

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Starting today, April 4th, is the Central Kentucky Home, Garden and Flower Show. It’s something I look forward to every year. I think my favorite are the outdoor hardscapes. I love the beautiful pavers, fire/water features and furniture. It’s amazing how pavers and pergolas can transform a backyard. I’ll be there looking for ideas for projects that I can feature here on the blog. Will you be there?