Journey 158: Vintage Screen Door Upcycle


 A little over a month ago, for Journey 120, I displayed pictures of creative ideas for using the vintage screen door that I purchased, in my garden. I appreciate the comments, suggestions and votes for the door’s best use. Suggestion #3, based on a Pinterest pic, garnered the most votes and interest. 

 The inspiration for my garden screen door. 

Today, i had the opportunity to prep and paint the door, using the teal colored paint that I used on my Peace Door, which leads into the garden. Under Greg’s supervision, I repositioned the upper hinge and painted both sides of the door. Okay, Greg did more than supervise with the painting, taking over with the roller when I decided to change into my gardening jeans!


 Before a couple of coats of teal exterior paint. 

                                 After painting

The more I worked on the door, the more I appreciated it. I wanted this screen door as a representation of my symbol for this year. I love the simple lines of the door, the perfect condition screens, which I managed to keep unspoiled by paint! As I completed the painting, and left for an afternoon open house and a showing with clients, I anticipated how the door, symbol of opportunity and adventure, would look in my backyard garden. 

I returned home early this evening to discover that the cats had claimed the door. They were happily using it as a perch, catching the cool evening breeze after a warm and muggy day. I hated to disappoint them, but I was excited to attach the door to the privacy fence out back. Greg accomplished this last task in a few minutes. I hung a wreath on the door, and stepped back to take a look. 

  The door, awaiting repurposing a month ago 

I am thrilled with how the door looks in the garden. It adds whimsy and charm and I can hang wreaths or signs on the door. The screen door will be a daily reminder of my journey and the amazing adventures that are unfolding. 

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we are curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”                  Walt Disney