So…. I needed a new screen door for our sunroom. Two winters ago it was one of those glorious -30degC Canadian days (or nights) and Pokaroo quickly scooted outside to go pee and… SNAP. Her dog door broke clean off. At any rate, we didn't bother getting a new one at that time as the screen door itself needed to be replaced anyways. 15 months later is a logical time to build a new door, right?
It was the right schedule for me, as for the second time this month, I was the lucky attendee of a Daughter Do Day - this time, it was a Dad'n'Daughter Day! I busted my buttocks to get the door built this week, so while my Dad was here, he could help me hang it. I won't go into all the painful details, but I'll say that building it seems easier than hanging it on a pre-existing 1939 door jam…
The only wood I bought was three 1 x 4 x 8 pieces and one 1 x 3 x 8. The 1x4 were used for the vertical pieces, and the top and bottom. The 1x3 was for the horizontal pieces in the middle. The rest of the wood I used was scrap from the basement. I measured the space where the door would go, did some high school math, and got cutting… and 'kregging'.
The dog door was a bit of creative mastery (if it holds). I found a plastic cutting board at Home Hardware, and grabbed some hardware to mount it to the hole. Taa daa. Seriously, that's it. The screen door isn't a security door to the house, so we aren't worried about it being a certain size, safety, etc. Let's see how long it holds up, yes?
I also had the trick of adventuring to get a paint colour. I walked down the street to the local Benjamin Moore store, and with only a photo from inside the sunroom, I pseudo-blindly chose and took home the paint colour for the door. As I didn't have a car to use, I was certainly hoping that the paint I chose was right… and I think I did okay. For the first time (I have a lot of tester pots in the basement).
You'll also notice the door now opens from the opposite side - taaa daa! Oh, AND it sounds like a cottage screen door, so neat!
|It adds a certain pop to the area, doesn't it?|
Now, if I can find the time to redo the rest of the woodwork (*shudder*)