Want to know how to use gutter screen as décor? No? Never crossed your mind? Well, consider your mind now crossed. Let’s make an earring display!
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Scraps of gutter guard/ gutter screen
Paint & glaze if desired
For this project, I used a frame with two openings for pictures, and one holding a mirror. One hook was missing and the edges were scuffed. Sorry for the awkward angle- it’s difficult avoiding scary reflections such as my no-makeup-greasy-hair-pajama-clad self.
After removing the mirror, glass, and hooks, I cut the gutter guard to fit inside the two end frame openings. Then, wiped the frame down with Krud Kutter, primed, and spray painted with Rust-Oleum Heirloom White. I could have left the hooks on to paint, but thought it would be easier to get all sides of them separately.
What about that missing hook, you say? I’m glad you asked! I had a fleur de lis that was just the right size to go in the center spot. It got a coat of Heirloom White as well. I used E6000 glue and clamped it until dry.
I replaced the hooks, distressed, glazed, and topped with a clear acrylic spray. Wondering why I painted everything separately, but glazed it after assembly? Well, I wanted the glaze to settle into those areas where the surfaces meet.
To apply paint to the screw heads without clogging up the slots, spray a bit on your finger and smudge it on there. Or, better yet, apply it to a cotton swab and dab it on. Yeah, that would probably be less messy.
The gutter guard fit snuggly, but to make it extra secure, I hot glued it into place. Then I applied another thick layer of hot glue around the edges so that if anyone wanted to add a backing, there would be enough spacing to still be able to hang earrings on it.
The mirror went back into the center opening, and it’s ready to hang.
Here is another project using gutter guard: DIY Message Center. Using old gutter guard scraps in home décor projects is a little weird, I know, but the challenge of finding new ways to use old junk is just plain fun. What is the most unusual thing you have repurposed?