What can I do to cover up jalousie window in an old entry door?

by Carol
This back door is in an old mobile home that is now between the home and the lanai. Can't replace door as it is custom size.
  12 answers
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jun 17, 2017

    Cover it to make it airtight or pretty?

  • John John on Jun 17, 2017

    actually you can replace any door...matter of adjusting the size of the framing...but to your question---buy a door skin and cut to size with a box cutter--then wood glue and clamp until dry...paint to taste...now you have a solid surface door...you can get more creative and cut holes at random with hole saw on a drill bit to utilize the existing glass for windows...but you must caulk the area between the the skin and the window...absolutely no water should be allowed to enter between the two

    • Becca Hawkins Becca Hawkins on Dec 22, 2023

      I live in a custom built home and why they put a jealousy door from my kitchen to the garage is beyond me. I'm not sure what a door skin is. Could you elaborate?

  • Cas11608898 Cas11608898 on Jun 17, 2017

    Have you considered installing a clear vinyl seal along the edge of each pane of glass in your jalousie windows? It is designed to provide an air tight seal where one pane of glass closes against another. The seal is available on several websites & seem easy to install.

  • Nena Hodges Nena Hodges on Jun 17, 2017

    They make curtain rods with magnetic brackets that you can hang on metal doors. You could put one at the top, and one tat the bottom to secure a curtain so it doesn't flop when you open and close the door.

  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jun 17, 2017

    Are you sure the door cannot be replaced? We replaced the door in a mobile home right from the hardware store's catalog under mobile home doors.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jun 18, 2017

    I'd remove the window from the door. Place a piece of art on both sides of the door that complements the decor on both sides. Go thrifting if the area to cover is large and look for old frames that can be painted and frame something as simple as wrapping paper or wall paper, or get canvases and paint them yourself. Order posters online to frame. Mount frames or canvases securely so they don't move around when the door is used. Put curtains on both sides. Frame out the opening in the door and install stained glass or patterned glass. Cover the hole with decorative board (plywood wrapped in cloth, papered, painted, etc) and hang wreaths. Hope some of these ideas click for you.

  • Norris720 Norris720 on Jun 18, 2017

    Carol - My suggestion is if you want to keep the window for light is to make a small frame around the window. (Wooden or Metal door) Buy Plexi glass to fit the frame and seal with clear Window caulk and adhesive. Trim the frame. Sun light not needed you can cover the widow with metal siding to match the existing on your mobile home. You may also incorporate all the above ideas into one that best suit your needs as a D.I.Y.-er.

  • Fotini Gavrilis Fotini Gavrilis on Aug 27, 2018

    I just cover both sides of the glass with contact paper.... I have to paint the door and it will look soooo pretty!!!!

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 27, 2018

    If the screw handle still opens and closes the windows, clean the door up and use Rustoleum paint for the whole door or just for the window frame. When the paint is dry, use WD40 to oil the handle and each window’s hinges. I, too, suggest that you cover the glass, one pane at a time, with Contact paper. There are so many choices, you could mix or match, or put one pattern inside the mh, and a different one seen by the public. Even if you wanted to mount plywood on the inside of the door, the outside could look normal. If you don’t have one, you should put a dead bolt lock on the door. Enjoy your lanai! ☺️

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 02, 2023

    Hi Carol, hope this helps you out. You can easily add a roller type blind to this, add in a blind with a pop of color or something plain


  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 02, 2023

    Amazon has lots of privacy film some with cute patterns or cut outs.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 19, 2023

    Use a Curtain or Contact for Glass or Paint or Fabric or Wallpaper etc.