How to Build a Screen Door Out of an Old Window

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About: There is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down! And there's no reason to buy new when you can build it yourself!

I needed a door inside of my house to cover my closet under my stairs and I just loved the idea of it being a "Screen door" I found this old window out my shed. 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 our door.

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. 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.

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I taped off the screen and used Rustoleum Sunset Red paint. I did three coats of paint on it and, yes I know, Rustoleum was a bit over kill but I loved out tough it is. I'm totally happy with my little door!

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