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An old screen door made new again for our deck!

Aug 22 2016 -
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I’m starting to (finally!!!) hack away at a few of the non-essential updates that still need to be completed around the house 🙂 It sure is nice to have little puttery home projects to do now that don’t also include a stressful deadline. All but one of our exterior doors is new and they have all desperately needed to be painted since their installation. Up until now I simply had more pertinent projects to do or I was being lazy so they didn’t get done! This old screen door that I’m using I’ve had stashed since the renovation with the expectation to use it exactly right here, it used to be on the old screened in porch that we enclosed for my office. It is VERY old and had been built specifically to the height of the screened in porch so it was nearly a foot too short so I had to do some modification.

Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing

New doors come with trim included and it is all primed and ready to go for paint. The trim still took two coats of a flat white exterior paint I picked up at Ace. I also went ahead and painted the already white trim around the glass on the door because, after being outside for over a year, it wasn’t exactly “white” anymore! With the white on the trim and door painted I went out to find the old screen door.

Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing

You can see it also wasn’t wide enough so I had to add a 2×2 to the side of it. I then used some 1xs I had leftover to extend the bottom to make the door taller by sandwiching it between them across the bottom.

Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing

From there, it was on to paint! Yes, I was a little sad about losing that awesome old green color – which happens to be one of my favorite colors actually. But my little heart called for all of the screened in doors in this house to be red. I took it out to the garage, taped it off so I could paint the trim white on one side and I got to work!

Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing

I used gloss red rustoleum for the color not because I needed rust-proof paint but because it is the exact shade of red that I wanted and I happened to have it on hand! I left the hinges just as they were in all of their rusty glory 🙂 I also picked up a new screen door chain to pull the door closed. After I got it hung I finally had the opportunity to paint the outside of the exterior door black like I’ve been planning to do forever! (I could have painted it before but between mosquitoes and flies and dry time – our house would have been filled with bugs without the screen door!)

Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing

Finally all done! If you happened to check out my reveal of our kitchen then you know that this is one of two glass exterior doors that flank the room. I don’t have any more old screen doors lying around so I’m going to have to go find one to match at our salvage depot! My dream has always been that in the summer time I can leave both of our glass exterior doors open to let in the summer breeze!

Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing
Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing Modifying an old green screen door to fit over a new glass exterior door on our deck and painting it with red outdoor paint, diy, remodeling, installing

I love that this old screen door has been patched a couple of times. I have no doubt that it was either my grandma or grandpa who did the patching!

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32 Comments

  1. Barb
    August 28, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Very nice job! Love those old screen doors and the “creeek” sound when they open and the “thwap” sound when they close. Takes me back in time.

  2. August 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Looks good! We bought an old screen door for our side garage entry, lots of nice gingerbread curves. They have so much more history and personality!

    • August 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you Nancy, yes I just love them too!

  3. August 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I love that red, it’s really bright and shiny. Makes me feel happy, but also noticed! Anyway, just found your site today and I love some of what I’ve seen so far. It’s like you’re after my own heart because Hun and I really Really want to do renovations, for the sheer beauty and loveliness. Also, we like *doing* and creating and feel so great when we are! 🙂

    • August 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Kendall, I have found that there is almost nothing that fulfills me more then finishing a DIY project that improves my home 🙂 Renovations can be tough, but SO satisfying and doing it yourselves means you know its done exactly as you would want it done not just aesthetically but also safely for your family! Thanks again for stopping by!

  4. Nancy F Lambert
    August 29, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Very good job, The doors are pretty

    • August 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you 🙂 So far we’re really happy with them!

  5. October 19, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Great project, Tarah–your doorway really pops now. That red was a brilliant choice 🙂 Thanks for linking up your projects at Vintage Charm–

  6. December 7, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Super job Tarah. It fits perfectly and that beautiful red you used looks amazing against the white. Your granma and granpa must be so proud of what you guys have done

    • December 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle!

  7. December 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Great tutorial Tarahlynn. Every time you open it a wonderful memory. That’s just precious. Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link Party. Merry Christmas!

  8. December 28, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    It looks great, Tarah. I love how you modified it to fit your door!

  9. December 30, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I love how you combine sentimental with practical! I love the patches, too, especially since they were made by members of your family! Thank you for sharing another clever project at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • December 30, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Marci! I only wish I had three more for the rest of the doors in the house now too, I’ll have to go thrifting!

  10. December 31, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Wow great job! i really need to get more motivated with house projects here! #happynowlinkup

  11. January 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Love the finished door! My favorite thing is the patch on your screen! I love the knowing of why it’s there. (I love my grandparents a ton so this tugged at me the most. haha).

    #happynowlinkup

    • January 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you Selena, yup that patch is my favorite part!!

  12. January 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    You did a great job!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. January 25, 2017 at 2:22 am

    I love what you did to the door! I have an old screen door out back that I need to do something with soon. Thanks for the ideas!! Thanks for sharing this at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!!

  14. March 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I love how easy this was to do. We’ve been renovating my husband’s Grandmothers house (how ironic LOL), and I’d love to try this on some of her doors. I’m stopping by from The Creative Circle #106 by the way.

    • March 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks for coming by! It was pretty simple and we use that door all of the time! I just discovered that they make springed hinges so I’ll be replacing all of the hinges on my screen doors so they shut on their own!

  15. March 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

    The door looks so authentic and fits the house so well. I love screen doors and shutting out the insects and still let the summer breeze in.

    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

  16. July 7, 2017 at 5:55 am

    This door looks really good. Pinning as we need a screen door as well.

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