Here’s a budget-conscious way to dress up a house wall. Give an old window security screen a coat of vibrant paint and use it as art. An old metal gate could also make an interesting feature – anything goes!
Gather your supplies
• Old metal window screen
• Threaded rods
• Washers and nuts to fit rod
• Outdoor paint
You’ll also need:
Paintbrush; paint; drill and masonry bits; hacksaw
Step 1 Brush off loose and flaking paint and wipe down screen. Apply 2 coats of outdoor paint and leave to dry.
Step 2 To hang the screen, you need to fix 2 lengths of threaded rod into the masonry wall at top, and 1 length centred at bottom. To do this, measure 3 lengths of threaded rod to suit (ours were 180mm long), then use hacksaw to cut lengths.Have a helper hold screen against wall in a level position while you mark position of top 2 rods, ideally in top corners. Set screen aside and use drill fitted with masonry bit to make tight-fitting holes in bricks for top 2 rods. These should be 60-80mm deep, depending on the depth of the masonry walls.
Step 3 Hammer 1 threaded rod into each top hole, keeping them even. Temporarily hang screen on rods, then mark position of where bottom rod will sit – this will be at centre of, and just under, the bottom of the screen. Remove screen, drill hole in marked position as before and hammer in remaining length of rod.
Step 4 Thread 1 nut, then 1 washer onto all rods, then hang your screen on top 2 rods, in front of washers and resting on bottom rod. Thread 1 more washer and 1 more nut on each rod to hold screen in position. Adjust nuts and washers as necessary to ensure screen hangs at an even distance from wall. Once in position, tighten nuts so screen is held firmly between washers.