Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Free Screen Door Converted To Laundry Room Door

Hello, Friends,
How are you? I hope you are doing well. 

This past summer, I spotted something in the neighbor's trash on my way to run errands. Upon closer inspection, it looked like a wooden screen door. I drove on down the street but my mind was filled will possibilities. 
"Do I need that?" the question danced through my head. 
Our trash pick up is random. Usually they pick up late on Tuesday but they do come early sometimes. 
Leaving it was a gamble and I knew it. 

It was still there when the errands were complete so into the truck it went. 
It was too good to go to the landfill. 

Bill said, "What are we going to do with that?" 
 I honestly didn't know for sure. 
I thought that it would be darling out in East Texas. 
The project got put on the back burner while we did countertops and fought scorpions. 

Bill played around with it in between projects. 

We had beadboard paneling left over from siding the kitchen cabinets.  
Bill put it in the three bottom sections. 

Faux tin from Lowes became the panel in the middle. 

Bill cut some scrolls so that it could resemble a Victorian screen. 

The wood was three different colors. It would have been difficult to unify the stain so we decided it needed to be painted. 

The screening had to be put on last. We'd already put it in but I took it out for easier painting. 
Bill ordered a barn door kit from Amazon but the fasteners were cheap so I won't recommend it to you. 

In a perfect world, the door would be attached on the kitchen side instead of the laundry room side. 
That wasn't possible with the counters. 

 In the end, all the hardware might be too much visually anyway. 
I love the simplicity of the clock and the painting. 

This is a great solution to create some separation between the kitchen and the laundry room without sacrificing square footage. 

There was a door when we bought the house but because it swung inward it took up an unbelievable amount of square feet in an already small room. Anything stored behind the door was hard to access. 
It was wasted space. 

We thought we could lock the cat in while we unload the truck upon arrival but she figured out how to get out within a matter of minutes. 

The screen door blocks the view of the things we don't want to see like her litter box and cat food.

It doesn't muffle the sound of the washing machine but that isn't a big deal. 

The details are fun. 

I still have the view of my darling cow print. 

I'll have more of an East Texas update soon. Bill has made progress on the cabin but he had time to do a little back splash for the kitchen. Here is a sneak peak. 

That is all for now. 
I hope you are having a wonderful week. 


  1. It looks GREAT, Katie! I love the tin and gingerbread -- perfect touches. You two are so clever together. I think you found your perfect mates!

  2. What a great idea, it looks like it's original to a much older home. love the addition of the tin insert. Happy Christmas, Katie!

  3. I love this!! The door to my laundry room and pantry hit each other-very awkward layout. You've given me a great idea!

  4. I love how you repurpose the screen door. Wonderful

  5. This is a great way to give you that space where the door would fling open to and it is a cute cute door too. Happy New Year. Have a great start to the new week and year. xoxo Kris

  6. Love what you did to this door! All the details are prefect-the tin- wood scrolling - etc. XO- MaryJo