Modifying a New Screen Door to Fit on a Modern Exterior Door

About: There is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down!

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! 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.

Step 1: Old Awesome Screen Door

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. 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. (I used outdoor deck screws throughout the door) 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 screen 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!

Step 2: All Finished

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!) 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!



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