June 14, 2012Vintage Screen Door Makeover at Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
But first…….I had to show y’all this window cling that we used on the little window diamonds in the front door. Mom did not want anyone peering in through the little diamond windows, so we knew we needed something to cover the them.
We weren’t sure what to use on the windows at first. We knew there was window cling available but we wanted it to look right for a 50s style condo. We saw this Glass Cling Privacy Film at JoAnn and knew it was the perfect one to use!
The pattern was called Mosaic and all you do to adhere it is use some water and a squeegee. Easy-Peasy! If you think the cling looks messed or wrong up after you adhere it you can re-do it as many times as you need to.
Don’t you think it looks perfect!
If I didn’t know better I’d think this was how the windows originally came.
Now onto the screen door! I regret to inform you that I never got a full-on “before” picture of the screen door…… I know, I’ve done a very bad thing! Suffice it to say that it looked pretty darn bad. The first thing I did was take the old wrought iron off of the screen door, then I took it home to put a few coats of paint on it.
OK, now onto the actual screen door. This is pretty much the best shot I have of the way the screen door looked “before”. You can see the paint was getting worn and the actual screen was very weathered – and you can’t tell here, but the screen was also bulging out quite a bit. Here Mike is cutting the old trim away from the frame so we could get to the screen.
Still cutting the trim away! You can kind of see here how the trim was going bad too.
Here is the door with one trim piece removed, you can really see how weathered the old trim was on the trim piece that is still attached to the right. We bought new wood trim because the old trim was in such bad shape. It has a slightly different design than the old trim, but still looks great. You’ll see in a minute!
And we have finally removed all of the old trim and we are onto taking the screen out. Yay!!!
We tried using spline to attach the screen, but in the end it was just not worth it. We got a MUCH better fit by just stapling the screen to the wood frame.
Here we are stapling the last section of new screen into place.
Here you can see the new trim that we used, I had to go back in later and touch up all of the little nail heads with green paint!
Here we have re-attached the wrought iron on the inside of the screen door, I think it’s so pretty.
Here is a close-up of the new trim with all of the nail heads touched up.
And here is the new screen door, all ready to “screen”! It looks light years better now y’all!
Saving the old screen door was really important to me. I completely adore it even though it’s not the most ‘state of the art’ screen door. It creaks when you open and close it and the handle is a little crooked, but that endears it to me even more. For some reason this screen door always reminds me of this little old candy store I went to way back in the 70s……the store had wooden floors and miles of candy that you could buy for pennies. The old candy store screen door had this same wooden design and would creak all of the time too. Really special memories…….. and I think I need some candy now!
Come back next Thursday to see how I deal with all of the interior doors – to paint or not to paint??????? That is the question!