Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Repurposed Window Screen

I feel like I'm finally getting back into my usual patterns and we are starting to get projects completed.  This project consists of two repurposed items that made the perfect marriage.  I love to visit the salvage yards and I find old building materials that are usually slated for the trash.  The frame for this beauty is actually an old window screen frame.  I ditched the screen because it was torn and was left with a frame and nothing to put in it.  I left the hardware and hinges on it because it is what it is.  I like Americana primitives and this is perfect.  I have actually seen the original of this masterpiece.  It is enormous, and I was left awestruck at how magnificent it was.

I found the print at a studio auction.  I wish I knew what movie or television show it came from but that info was unavailable.  I have purchased a ton of items from The West Wing set, but this was unmarked except for WB which stands for Warner Bros.
 When I brought it home from the auction, it had a cheapy metal frame and no glass as they don't use glass when filming because of the glare it gives off.  My husband cut the print to fit my screen frame.  I had taken it to my glass place and they cut the glass and caulked it into the frame for me.
 We are working inside today because it is scorching hot and the kitchen island made a great work surface once we covered it with an old blanket.  Because we were repurposing as much as we could, my husband used the cardboard from the back of the print.  It still has the Warner Bros. inventory number and the address of the warehouse this came from.  Then we unearthed some upholstery tacks and used those to tack the cardboard on the back of the frame.  It's now the perfect primitive.

Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy    
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Tutus and Tea Parties       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style         Ivy and Elephants   
                                     Faded Charm Cottage       Fine Craft Guild      
Thursdays        Embracing Change     The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    Fishtail Cottage
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    At the Picket Fence     Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Decorating Insanity   Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           It's Overflowing


Pat C. said...

It's gorgeous, Maggie! The print and the window frame were meant to live a long and happy life together!: ) xoxo

Bliss said...

Moby Dick?


Anne said...

Love these pieces together!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

ooo, I really like the red screen frame! it looks great!

Anonymous said...

Just catching up with some older posts... Your "Signs of Summer" has Ted's Root Beer. You call him "the baseball player". Huh?! That's Ted Williams, one of the greatest players EVER! Wanna sell it?! Barbara

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very nice!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, it is fabulous! A studio Auction, you have to tell us how that works..What fun!


NanaDiana said...

WHAT a find! It is wonderful and how lucky that you could use the old door frame to use as a frame for the picture. What a GREAT picture!!! xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a gorgeous piece! I have quite a stash of old window frames, too. You just never know when you might need one!