DIY Screen Door For Under $50.00
Remember when we built our front door?
Well, we finally finished our screen door!
The weekend we built our front door, we had some amazing weather….and then winter returned. But the last 2 weeks have been awesome! Highs in the 60’s, which meant we could get back out there and complete the screen door.
We have 4 kiddos, and 2 are very active boys. This door will be slammed several times a day during the summer, and will also have a pretty darn beefy dog jumping on it when she wants to come inside. This door HAS to be sturdy.
Our current screen door is a cheapo 120.00 screen door kit, you know, the generic white doors, with the screen window built into it. It hasn’t survived 2 boys and a dog. the screen was ripping out of it, and I was afraid the dog (or the boys) were going to pop a window out of it. Not to mention the old door doesn’t exactly scream “farmhouse” to me. Yes, you can get a wooden screen door from the home improvement store, but we had already gone through one of those before we installed the cheapo door. The poor wooden door didn’t even last a whole summer before it started to break at the joints.
So I knew I wanted this custom door to be extra sturdy, and pretty. Sturdiness was the whole idea behind this design.
This door is built from the scraps of the exterior door. However, if you want to purchase the materials, here is the list:
1 sheet of 23/32″ plywood (commonly referred to as 3/4″)
1 box of 1 1/4″ screws
1 roll of nylon screen fabric
**Our door frame is 36″ X 80″, and that is what the measurements below are based upon.**
With a table saw, rip your plywood into the following strips:
5 @ 6″ X 8′ strips
1 @ 4″ X 8′ strip
2 @ 1 1/4″ X 8′ strip
With a miter saw, cut those strips into the following pieces:
2 @ 6″ X 80″ (Side rails)
3 @ 6″ X 24″ (Top, middle and bottom rails)
4 @ 6″ X 34″ (Filler for the bottom, also gives the door strength)
2 @ 4″ X 34 (Middle fill pieces for the bottom)
1 @ 4″ X 34 (Top reinforcement piece)
2 @ 1 1/4 X 38″ (Screen frame sides)
2@ 1 1/4″ X 26.5″ (Screen frame top and bottom)
On a level surface, lay out the side and top, middle and bottom pieces:
Next, attach the bottom “filler” pieces, in this order: 6″, 6″, 4″, 4″, 6″, 6″. Leave a 1″ space on the sides and bottom to allow for the door to nest inside the frame. Leave a 1 1/4″ space on the middle rail, to attach the screen:
Next, attach the screen by stapling it to the door, and stretching to ensure that it’s pulled tight.
Finally, screw the screen support frame onto the door:
The inside should look like this:
We will stain the outside of the door a dark color. I haven’t decided if I’m staining the inside of the door as well, or just painting it white. But here is the finished product:
Next up is fixing the trim around the door, and painting! So exciting!
We have the same screen door on the front of our house: