"Chippendale" Wood Screen Door

6 Hours

This wood screen door tutorial can help you save when its' time to replace your screen door. It cost us just around $30 in supplies as we already had a few things on hand, but you could build it for around $60 if you had to buy all the materials.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
More often than not we take to DIYing projects out of financial necessity. This new wood screen door is no exception.
I really loved the pattern on the door, but not the price tag. It didn't take any effort to convince the Mr. to build it for me.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
Off to Rona to pick up some 2 x 4's, 1 x 2's and a 2 x 6. Choosing very straight boards is essential.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
Assemble the frame, ensuring it is square before you fasten it all together using counter sunk 3 inch screws.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
Start the pattern by building an X across the lower half with the 1 x 2's. This gives you 4 quadrants to repeat the pattern. We started with the top quadrant and worked counter clockwise.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
A 3 inch space between the 1 x 2's ensured an even spacing all the way throughout as we continued to repeat the pattern in each quadrant.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
After the second quadrant was finished, the last two zipped along easily and quickly.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
And before we knew it, the pattern was finished, and we were dry fitting it to the frame before filling screw holes and giving it a good sanding to prep for painting.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
We choose to paint it white, but you could just as easily stain it instead.
diy chippendale wood screen door, curb appeal, diy, doors, how to, woodworking projects
You can see the entire tutorial on the blog at www.redcottagechronicles.com as I tried to capture the process as Tim went about his work.
Red Cottage Chronicles

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

21 questions
  • Tara Hanley
    on Nov 11, 2015

    Is there trim on the inside of the door to hide the screen? Or,how is the screen attached? Thanks!

    • Red Cottage Chronicles
      on Nov 11, 2015

      @Tara Hanley The screen is attached with staples and then we used a small molding to cover the staples and give it a finished look! I am not sure if you clicked over to the blog, but there is a close up of the inside door handle that shows the trim around the screen. I was actually worried the screen might get pushed out if people push on the screen to open it, but it is still going strong!

  • Ste4398937
    on Mar 22, 2016

    What's the joints but or what?

  • Bru7742673
    on Jul 9, 2018

    How did by install the screen?

  • Karen
    on Jul 9, 2018

    I found NO REFERENCE to your "Chippendale" screen door project on your blog where you reference how the screen is attached. Is it, in fact, there??

  • Ambrit
    on Jul 9, 2018

    I love this! I am wondering for the smaller pieces of wood that form the pattern, how were they attached together? Wood glue?

    • Jeremy Johnson
      on Jul 9, 2018

      From the pictures, I can see they used a pneumatic nailer with brads/pins. I would also use wood glue.

    • Jenny
      on Jul 9, 2018

      Sorry for ignorance, I’m British and we don’t have screen doors here. But oh how I wish we did! I really, really want one. So, please can you explain how you’ve attached the screen to the door and is it some sort of wire (rust proof?) mesh to make the actual screen part. At what stage did you put the screen on/in and how?

      I absolutely LOVE your door. Coming to the U.K. anytime soon? 🤗

  • Dawn
    on Jul 9, 2018

    How did you attach screen. Staples?

    By the way it looks beautiful

    • TJ
      on Jul 9, 2018

      Hello Dawn,

      I wouldn't recommend using staples. But would suggest you cut a kerf (a groove) 1/8th deep, at a 1/4" from the edge where the screening will be placed.

      The kerf would need to go around all four sides of the top & bottom sections of the screen door framing.

      One kerf at the bottom edge of the top crosspiece, two legs located at both, the top and bottom of the center crosspiece and a kerf along the upper edge of the bottom crosspiece.

      Then on each side of the top and bottom sections.

      Just be sure your kerf is an 1/8th of an inch deep. And a 1/4 of an inch from the edges.

      Lat your screening fabric so merely a 1/4" extends over all of the kerfs.

      Then you can purchase rubber spline. (It's like a long, "rubberized string of spaghetti".)

      You can usually find screening spline at HomeDepot, Lowe's and other hardware stores.

      While your at it, you may also want to purchase a spline wheel, too.

      The spline wheel is specifically designed to help push the spline down into the kerf.

      Care fully, you may start by using the round tip of the handle on a teaspoon to invert the screening into the kerf, first.

      Then place the spline at the center, top section of both the top & bottom areas to be screened.

      Gradially, as you begin laying the spline into the kerf, follow the spline closely with the spline wheel, applying a sufficient amount of pressure, so the spline pushes the screening material and the spline into the kerf.

      In most instances, a piece of spline may be long enough to go completely around each piece of screening. So two separate pieces of spline may be needed for the top & bottom sections of the door being screened.

      As you go all the way around and meet up where you had begun, you usually have a small section of spline over-lapping. Don't allow for the spline to overlap. Just cut off the extra spline and allow for the end to simply come in contact with the tip of the other end of the spline.

      Finally should there be any screening material sticking up along the edge, you can hide both the excess screening material, as well as the spline.

      This can be done by purchasing 1/2" wide trim strips of wood.

      Measure and cut each trim pieces for proper lengths and cut the ends on a 45° angle, so each piece appears on a finished angle.

      Take each trim piece with the bottom side facing up. Then slide the trim piece up against the excess screening material.

      Then "fold" the trim piece over the material and spline. Followed by using "Headless" Brad Nails.

      Tap the Brad Nails into and through the trim strips, at 1/3 of the width. This will allow for the Brad Nails to go into the wood beneath it; and not into the spline.

      Space your Brad Nails about every 6" - 8" apart. You can either alternate from side to side of each trim strip. Or align the Brad Nails along the same side of the trim strip.

      The trim strips can be either stained or painted the same color as the door itself. Or paint the trim strips white, as an accent from the main color of the screen door.

      Do Not Use Glue on the trim strips! In the event should you need to replace your door's screening because of a tear or hole, it will be difficult to remove the trim strips!

      Also, don't use staples on the trim strips. Stapling may cause for your trim strips to split!

      To expedite attaching your trim strips, you could use a nail gun that accommodates Brad Nails.

      Bit again, be careful of the power of the nail gun! It too may cause for your trim strips to split.

      And should you stick with using a hammer, use a Brad Hammer or a very light-weight hammer.

      When hammering the Brad down, you need to be careful of not hitting the trim strip surfaces. Otherwise, you'll have hammer indentations.

      Hammer the Brad Nails down to about 1/8th of an inch above the trim strips.

      Then use a Nail Set on top of each nail to sink it flushed with the top of the strips.

      Or counter-sink each nail, below the surface of the strips. Then cover each counter-sunked nail with a wood filler, BEFORE staining or painting.

      In closing, I hope the above helps you!

      A former Lic. Professional

      General Contractor in

      Building, Remodeling and

      Restoration. 50+ Years of


    • Ste4902615
      on Jul 9, 2018

      Tj... So VERY detailed! You must have been a great teacher!

  • Shelia Dooley Carroll
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Can this be sold already built?

    • Sandra Harvey
      on Jul 9, 2018

      I know you can get a plain wooden screen door at most hardware stores and the ones I’ve seen weren’t expensive at all. If you’re like me and don’t have a husband to build things for you I do think it would be fairly easy to create a similar look on a pre bought door . I know I’m going to try it as a 1x2 is easy to saw through .

  • 1PastaLady
    on Jul 9, 2018

    WOW! I love that door. My son told me to get a hobby and I've gotten interested in building. This would be an excellent project; either it can Go and become awesome or look like the scream painting. 😬😬☹️☹️

    I was wondering if you could take pictures of your backyard? I was noticing your deck and your whatnots; flowers etc. 😉

  • Carmen
    on Jul 9, 2018

    This really beautiful and looks easy enough for even me! I know this was answered before in very detail. But I’m interested to know how YOU attached the screen.

  • Jdi22366718
    on Jul 9, 2018

    This is so nice and you did such a good job I want to try this project. What kind of wood did you choose?

    • Karen
      on Jul 10, 2018

      it looks like Pine. I would suggest pine as it's a good wood for painting.

    • Blake
      on Jul 10, 2018

      Pine is nice, but has quite a few knots. Douglas fir has a nice texture and does not have as many knots.

  • Michelle Clayton
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Did this replace a wooden screen door or one of the horrible aluminum with slider glass panel like I have? I would love to do this project but am not sure how to put it in place of my aluminum existing storm door.

    • Jo Ann Stidman
      on Jul 10, 2018

      I have the same ugly screen aluminum w/ slider glass too. I was viewing this project and thinking if I might be able to add these panels to the front of the aluminum door with the same results. My door is the older version. I had already planned to paint it black with the main door in a black also. Also considering using whatever lite weight material I can find.....maybe blind slats...........gives us something to think about....

  • Cne27643349
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Love the door but did u screen it

    • Pat whitmus
      on Jul 10, 2018

      the very first picture shows the dark screening...I almost missed it myself! :)

  • Mrs B
    on Jul 11, 2018

    I'm another one with the aluminum door with slider window! Have wanted to replace it for years and this is a beautiful replacement :) I can see it is screened, but am wondering what you do in the colder months - how do you cover the screen to keep cold/snow out?

  • Jen
    on Jul 11, 2018

    how did you attach the screen and finish it off on the inside so it doesn't just look like you stapled a screen to wood?

    • Gaelle
      on Jul 15, 2018

      You could just cover the edge of the screen with thin 1/2 inch lathe or slat material after you staple it on if that's the way you choose to attach it.

    • Don17514435
      on Jul 16, 2018

      Purchase the same rubber spline used in metal screen doors to hold the schreen in place at your big box store.

      In the four major frame pieces rout a groove the width recommended for the spline about 1/2" from the inside edge (both top and bottom edge of the center crossbar.

      They have a little tool with a wheel to press the spline in place stretching the screen material taught. Since it has a very neat appearance, I didn't add molding to cover.

  • Cheryl Denton
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Wouldn’t it sag looks heavy and you didn’t tell us how to attach hinges

  • Brenda McMullen
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Looks wonderful , what color red is your cottage painted .... love it .

  • Becky
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Could you also router out a channel on the interior of this space to place the smaller decorative boards or at least the areas where the boards meet the door frame ?

  • Lori
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Yes it is cute.. How did you put the screen in?

    • Maryann Bedell Darr
      on Jul 16, 2018

      I think with screens that you put a groove into the wood all the way around the length and width of the door. This is to feed the screen in and then come along with finishing nails. I could be wrong though.

    • Jdz5532765
      on Jul 16, 2018

      You can find kits at home improvement centers. Replaced window screens, would think it would work for door screen

    • Tom
      on Jul 16, 2018

      Straight up, place the door with " out" side down. Stretch screen material across entire opening and attach to door with light duty staples. You can either do entire do entire door or do top and bottom sections separately. Align 3/4" trim to cover staples and match edge up with lip of opening in door. Attach trim with either 1" wire beads or staples. Trim is easily removed with a putty knife to replace screen should it become damaged

    • Debbie Paul Child
      on Jul 17, 2018

      If you have a router do a small groove around inside of door then get the screen rubber piece and stretch screen across the door and insert the rubber into the groove holding screen in place. You can get it at any hardware store next to the roll of screen. Its a lot less expensive to do it that way. They also have a tool to help push the rubber into place. Its nice to have on hand in order to replace any screen in your home.

      Beautiful door by the way. Love it!!

  • Jenny Wright Montford
    on Jul 16, 2018

    How has the door held up over the past 3 years?

  • Terry Wereb
    on Jul 16, 2018

    The use of 2x4s would be too "thick" to fit inside the frame of my doorway. Will 1xs hold up as well?

      on Jul 16, 2018

      Terry yes 1 x will work you may need to use metal bracket so that it is sturdy

    • JBA8212850
      on Jul 17, 2018

      it states at the end: "You can see the entire tutorial on the blog at www.redcottagechronicles.com"

  • Susie
    on Jul 17, 2018

    To me it is very pretty door but it's a lot of heavy would it supposed to be a screen door lightweight you don't show how to put the screen door together you don't show how to put the screen in you don't show how to hang the door you just showed the wood laying there then all of a sudden the door is put together. Can you start showing how to put those different angles done are you putting it with glue are you putting with nails what are you putting it with you're not explaining everything at all

    • JBA8212850
      on Jul 17, 2018

      it states: You can see the entire tutorial on the blog at www.redcottagechronicles.com

    • Mary M
      on Jul 18, 2018

      Well, she said if you wanted more detail... www.redcottagechronicles.com

    • Kathleen
      on Jul 20, 2018

      I think these bloggers have a very limited space in which to describe their projects. That's why many of the more complicated ones usually refer you back to where they originally posted. All the details you mentioned will most likely be explained there.

    • Barbara Phillips
      on Aug 12, 2018

      Read her post instead of just looking at the photos. Everything is explained..including where to see the full project. Nice job on the screen door!!

Join the conversation

2 of 151 comments
  • Linda Yocham Patrick
    on Jul 16, 2018

    I love it! Makes me wish we had one, but we all like being able to see out our glass door. Oh, and hubby really doesn't need another project. Yours really is beautiful though!

  • Melissa Foat
    on Jul 17, 2018

    It's beautiful and I love the hardware too.

Your comment...