Sunday, April 09, 2006

How to Transform an Ordinary Screen Door into a Work of Art

Sven believes in the old-fashioned do-it-yourself way of getting things done. He has been dreaming of screen doors ever since we eyeballed the beauty at the Hamburger place. (See episode Exploring Old King’s Highway.) Of course, it is possible to buy ready-made custom screen doors, but that would be far too easy. How much more fun to create a masterpiece oneself! Here are the steps to follow:

1.) Find an old screen door in need of TLC, a mug hanger, and a few boards. (We picked our door up at the dump last year.)

2.) Put masking tape on the screening and paint. (Sven chose the color blue. Is anyone surprised?)

3.) Saw pieces to appropriate size for decorative angles.

4.) Create brackets. (Here he is, hard at work, above and at right.)

5.) Take apart the mug hanger and use the parts for the spindle design in the middle.

6.) Saw boards to appropriate size and nail into place along the edges where the spindles will go.

7.) Paint pieces and let dry.

(From this photo you will note Sven has already drilled holes in one of the pieces of wood and screwed in the spindles.)

8.) Put the door together and enjoy.