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Repurposed vintage screen door

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I took a screen door saved from my great grandfather's old house and reused it as a laundry/mud room door.
I pulled all the old nails out and took off the old screen, then sanded and painted the door grey -- Walmart Colorplace Grand Smoky Mountain. I then sanded lightly and rubbed on a walnut water-based stain to really make it look like the old wood. Dark wax would also work.
I then cut square chicken wire to cover the back instead of using screen. I stapled that on the back of the entire door.
I covered about 2/3 down with burlap, also stapled on, and left the bottom uncovered as the air intake for the heat pump is in that room, plus I didn't want it to be too monochromatic. I covered the staples on the back of the door with a 1" wide strip of thin trim wood, also stapled.
We hung the door with hinges where the old door was taken out, and I attached an old handle.
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
  • repurposed vintage screen door, doors, home decor
  • repurposed vintage screen door, doors, home decor
  • repurposed vintage screen door, doors, home decor
  • repurposed vintage screen door, doors, home decor
  • repurposed vintage screen door, doors, home decor
  • repurposed vintage screen door, doors, home decor

To see more: http://anita-faraboverubies.blogspot.com/2012/07/old-screen-door.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jul 9, 2012

    This would be good for a closet too. I always use louvered doors on closets to allow for ventilation! I never have a musty smell in mine!

  • Anita D
    Anita D Balsam, NC
    on Jul 9, 2012

    Yes, perfect for a closet! I have about 6 more of these doors to use somewhere.

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jul 10, 2012

    Since you have so many of them, you could tack cloth in the openings and made a bi-fold screen or you could attach them together to make a headboard! Or rub them down with oil to add some color, make an uncomplicated brace for it and place one in a corner in front of which you could sit a beautiful plant, or even attach a light at the top and display artwork. There could be ulimited uses!

  • At The Picket Fence
    At The Picket Fence Florence, KY
    on Jul 12, 2012

    I'm pinning this to the hometalk Pinterest Board Anita! It is just fabulous! http://pinterest.com/hometalk/diy-that-inspires/

  • Anita D
    Anita D Balsam, NC
    on Jul 12, 2012

    Thanks so very much!!

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