How to build a screen door out of an old window

Dec 08 2015
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From day one it seemed only natural to use the closet under my stair case (about four steps away from the wood stove) as wood storage all year. When the closet is full of wood it lasts about four weeks. Since day one I had my heart set on this closet being closed by an old screen door painted red. The only problem was, I couldn’t find a door to fit the space, so I decided that I had no choice but to build a screen door!

How to build a red screen door out of an old window @GrandmasHousDIY

Which left me a bit at a loss. As you guys know I really would much rather recycle then build totally from scratch, so I’ve been living without a door on my “wood closet” for several months now. Then I found this old window.

How to build a red screen door out an old window @GrandmasHousDIY

Probably not surprisingly it was when I was out in my “wood shed” outside when I looked along the side of the building and spotted this old window. I have no idea how long it had been there and couldn’t believe I hadn’t noticed it before! The moment I picked it up and leaned it against the garage, I knew it was all that I had been looking for. Tragically, the bottom screen was in too bad a shape to repair so I had to cut it off, so the window (already way too short) ended up FAR too short to be my door. So, I got to work.

How to build a red screen door out an old window @GrandmasHousDIY

I had several sheets of leftover plywood that had, actually, been being used as rolling closet doors in the house. I saved, it was solid 3/4″ plywood and I knew I would be able to use it on countless projects. I cut to the length I needed and set it at the bottom of the window then started piecing the whole thing together. I sandwiched the screen and the plywood with a 1×4 running entirely down either side, using screws as I went. Then, I flipped it over to the “front” and started framing it out with 1x4s around the bottom where the plywood was and 2x2s around the window.

How to build a red screen door out an old window @GrandmasHousDIY

The screen door complete, I added hinges and brought it into the house. I used regular door hinges but I only used two, this door didn’t weigh very much so I knew two would do. Once hung, I used wood putty on all of the screws holes and then sanded the entire door down with fine grit sand paper and my electric palm sander. Then, I taped off the screen and used Rustoleum Sunset Red paint.

How to build a red screen door out an old window @GrandmasHousDIY

I did three coats of paint on it and, yes I know, Rustoleum was a bit over kill but this is a really rough environment for wood. One one side of the door is my wood stove and, meanwhile, its right smack dab in the middle of my kitchen. I also wanted to be able to clean the door really easily. I could have just as simply used latex red paint, then a couple of coats of poly acrylic but the quart sized can of Rustoleum was only $7 and I used very little of it and I figured I would use it again somewhere else, it was also the perfect color.

How to build a red screen door out an old window @GrandmasHousDIY

I’m extremely happy with my little screen door! Another good point for my using a screen door here, was that I wanted any wood I do have in my “wood shed” to be able to breathe and continue drying after I bring it into the house, just in case its still carrying any dampness after I dried it outside. I love that the screen looks old, I am playing with the idea of maybe painting it someday, but then it would lose some of its character.

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  1. Bonnie Berry
    August 5, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I just found your page and all I can say is I LOVE IT <3 Girl you are so talented, the screen door looks awesome great job!!!

  2. Wanda
    September 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I came across your site today–and WOW! How did you learn to do carpentry? Super great job!!! I love that you live in your grandparents house. We live in the house my husband grew up in, but it’s not nearly as old as yours.

    • September 21, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Wanda, thank you so much for coming by!! My grandparents’ were wood workers and my dad built log cabins and homes throughout my child hood years so building things always just came pretty naturally 🙂 I much prefer re-purposing and recycling though as opposed to building from scratch though!

  3. May 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Hey Tarah,

    Love your red screen door. That’s cool! Thanks for sharing. Great project!


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