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 




Journey 120: Screen Door in the Garden

screen door garden 2

This afternoon, while practicing one of my favorite past times, puttering in the garden, I stepped into the garage/workshop to search for an item. I walked deeper into the garage than I normally do when I am grabbing a rake or a shovel. I was surprised to see the vintage screen door propped there that I bought earlier in the year. Although I purchased it because the open door is my symbol for this year, I had stashed the gray screen door in the garage and forgotten about it!

I had time to drag the door out into the bright spring sunshine and move it about the garden, stepping back to consider and get an idea of how best to use the door in that location. I came up with several possible uses and decided to do a first on the blog. I’m posting pictures of potential creative uses and asking for a vote on which idea the readers like the best. It can be a shared creative endeavor. I’m open to other suggestions as well, so feel free to comment!

screen door garden

1. Most simple idea: Use as a trellis for a climbing rose or vine.

screen door trellis

Here is an example of the trellis idea from Pinterest

screen door in meditation garden

2. Use the door as a cover over the meditation area. I could string white lights across it.

screen door garden 3

3. I could set the door at an angle and use it as a trellis or hang a wreath from the door, as in this picture from Pinterest.

screen door garden 4

4. This is the most complicated use, which would involve using the door for a future enclosure within the yard. Picture from Pinterest

5. I don’t have a picture of another possibility, which would be to secure the door horizontally on the fence and train two or three climbing or vining plants on it.

I’m excited about the possibilities and look forward to incorporating the screen door into the garden. I love my Peace Door, which serves as a gate into this backyard paradise. The screen door brings a homey, vintage quality into the garden, which I love. Which idea appeals to you the most? Please take a moment to comment here on WordPress or on Facebook, and I’ll post the results. Together, we are creating beauty on the journey!

screen door peace door