I did it guys! I finally did it!
On Friday I had a couple of minutes in between emails and decided that I should run down to the Canac to get the screen door I’d been looking at for a couple of weeks. I figured that if I had it at the house I would eventually start working on it. With the impending long weekend I wanted to avoid long lineups at the hardware store and spend my time productively on the one planned “sunny day.” It was supposed to rain all Saturday and Monday, but Sunday was supposed to be clear skies.
Below are my tips for installing a screen door.
Since I ended up having more free time on Friday I decided to start painting it. I laid it out on the backyard table and started cutting-up cardboard to fill the screened sections and avoid having a blotchy painted screen. I took my time, making sure everything was covered, and used masking tape for extra protection. I’ve seen screen doors where people just painted or sprayed freely and it looks wrethched. I’ll leave it at that.
I had several cans of Krylon primer and white spray paint left over from my boxed planters and decided to use those. Even though I’ve been talking about a bright and glossy red door, I decided that not only did white look better with all the white trim on the front of the house, and now the planters, but it would also keep the costs on the project down.
So I got to spraying, keeping my distance and aiming for even coverage. It didn’t quite work though, I ended-up missing quite a few spots and then had to bring the can closer to ensure coverage. And this is where things went wrong. I ended up having too much paint in certain areas so it pooled under the tape and painted the screen (as well as my table). I was none too pleased, but had an idea in mind that might save it. Once I had applied the sealing coat and let it all dry, I pulled-out the black spray-paint…
I decided to spray the screen in black where it had been sprayed white by accident. The screen itself was black so I told myself that it would be noticeable. Sometimes I should’t listen to myself. I taped up the dry door frame so that the paint would only hit the screen. This didn’t end up working quite as planned, and now I have some black spray-paint in the nooks and crannies and there door isn’t entirely white. My door is a Monet; ugly up close, but pretty from afar. We’ll leave it at that! Unless of course you think I can cram more cultural references and gifs into this post.
For hardware I chose a nice black handle and black spring hinges for the door. I wanted the hardware to look sleek and to make the door look like it’s been there forever. I think I’ve accomplished this, but I’ll let you guys be the judge of that. Getting the hardware in place was a tad trickier because I chosen to screw everything by hand. Given how thick the door was, I didn’t want to splinter the wood or drill through it accidentally while trying to drill pilot holes. Turns out I placed the hinges too close to the edge of the door, so the door and hinges wouldn’t fit inside the recessed frame that I was securing the door to. I had to adjust everything to the left, but once it was in the right place the remaining steps went seamlessly. I had to place the handle and the hinges on the door, and then fit the door into place and mark the door frame for where I should drill pilot holes. The rest is gravy.
It all worked out, it just took a bit longer than planned.
To ensure that the door would stay closed, I added three hooks on the inside of the house in the frame. I needed the door to resist a curious cat batting at it and to withstand Bruce taking a run at it to greet someone. With a hook at the top, bottom and middle, the door is easily secured from inside.
I think my front is now complete. I added a hanging basket to the front porch as a final touch. I’ve decided against seating for the moment, mostly because I can’t find the right piece for the right price. I know some of you must think that I just shop shop shop or that price points aren’t important, but they are! I need things to work for the right price and design, otherwise I don’t pull the trigger.
Notice how Bruce is in a lot of the shots? Well apparently I can’t just “be” outside the house without him freaking out, so he’s doing his best to find me in each shot.
I also had some time to work on the backyard this weekend, but that’s another post for another time. I’m waiting on DH to get his butt in motion and make this table for the backyard.