There’s something comforting about the sound of a screen door opening and closing. Plus it keeps the bugs out. I love feeling a cool breeze in the evening. We are enjoying our covered porch so much, I want to keep the door to the house open onto the porch but the flies keep coming in. So I decided to install a screen door. I love the look of a wood screen door.
So I headed over to Lowes. They have the cutest unfinished screen doors. I used one when I made the entryway organizers a couple of years ago. The one I used is called the Creekside Screen Door. And for under $35 I think it’s a great price. You will also want to pick up a Screen Door Hinge Kit – it will have hinges, screws and a pull.
So if you have ever wondered how to install a screen door, I am going to walk you through the steps!
I painted my door black because the interior door was black and I wanted them to match.
- Measure your door. I assumed mine was 36 inches only to get it home to discover that my opening is only 32 inches. Make sure to measure.
- Get your tools together. You will need a screwdriver or drill, a measuring tape, pen or pencil.
- Look at the existing door, which way does the door open? You will probably want your screen door to open the same way.
- Measure where your hinges will lay on the door. I put mine 5 inches from the top of the door and 10 inches up from the bottom of the door.
- Make a mark at those points on the door and then lay the hinges on the marks and mark where the holes will go with a pencil or pen.
- Drill pilot holes where you marked the hinge holes.
- Lay the hinges on the door and screw in the screws into the pilot holes.
- For this step you need another person. Take the screen door over to the door frame and line it up. You want at least 1/8 of an inch at the sides of the door and 1/4 inch space at the top and bottom of the door. If you need to trim down the sides do this before you hang it up.
- Have someone hold the door in the correct position, mark where the hinge holes are with a pen or pencil. Then drill pilot holes. Screw the screws into the door frame.
- Install your door pull. I put a pretty pull on my door. But if you buy the screen door hardware kit it comes with a basic pull.
- Enjoy your new door!
I also added a little saying on my door. It’s a glittered HOME embellishment from my Pebbles Home+Made collection.
The screen door is so homey. Some people dropped by my house the night after I installed the screen door and they loved the screen door. Yay!
What projects are YOU working on this summer?
Let us know in the comments. I would love to see what YOU are working on!
How did you paint inside wood on the screen door??
Hi! Yes I painted the whole door black 🙂
Roland M. says
I think that’s the best part about doing it yourself- you get to add all these pretty extras that make the door unique. After all, it’s one of the main things someone sees and remembers when they come to your house…so make it memorable, right?
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The screen porch door is nice, but I want the dogs….
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I need to do this in my kitchen! I love opening the windows, and letting in the fresh air!
Pam B. says
Hi! Did you paint the inside of the door? I’ve been looking at the same door, and it says its difficult to paint the inside due to the screen. Please let me know! thank you!
Yes I did. I spraypainted the whole thing and since I used black spray paint you can’t tell haha. I kind of cheated. But it was fast and easy. And yes I think it would be difficult to get all of the door next to the screen painting the traditional way.
It looks fantastic! I love your porch.
Thank you Megan!!
Oh it’s so cute. We bought the same one last summer- but after sanding like crazy because it didn’t fit quite right & then staining & not being happy with the outcome- we abandoned the whole thing. You have inspired me to give it another go. 🙂 Thanks Jen!
You should hang it up Gina. It’s tricky with the wood screen doors I think because they aren’t perfectly straight and I think they have to be sanded down or trimmed to fit right. I love mine though and it’s a little wonky lol 🙂