Screening, Not Top Priority

Glade Cottage on a morning in April

 I really needed to finish fixing the screen in the door of the cottage for a few reasons:

  1. Even though the screen itself is new the bottom has been kicked out.
  2. I had never replaced the trim that holds the screen in place.
  3. Summer’s coming!

This is an old-fashioned wooden screen door.  First I removed the wood trim from the inside of the door which was holding the old screen. Some of the trim cracked but I saved all of it. Then I removed the staples that were actually holding the screen to the door frame.

I bought a new roll of screen long enough to cover the entire door. I stapled the screen to the door then trimmed the edges so they were inside the frame.

Screen Door

 To replace the trim I really needed some short finish nails, which I couldn’t find.  Charlie found me some tacks which were not quite long enough to do the job.

Nailed with the tacks that did not hold


Tack for Screen Door protrudes less than 1/4"

 Since it was Mother’s Day, I told Charlie I knew my mother (who died last Mother’s Day) must have had exactly the right nails for this job because that was the kind of project she liked to do.  I hunted around in her well-kept plastic bins, and Voila!, found her supply stash.

Mother's Hardware Stash

 These perfect little nails in the center row, second from the right, were the answer to my dilemma.  Mother came through again! So I finished tacking on the trim after painting it with “Queen’s Lace” interior semi-gloss. I also painted the door jamb while my brush was wet. 

Screen Door Trim ready for nailing

 The door is back up but it still needs the exterior to be painted with exterior white paint. (Please excuse the clutter behind the door, it is dispersing slowly but surely.)

Screen Door

 And here it is from inside. (Ugh, you can see my partially painted wall and my stash of spray paint.)

Cottage Screen Door

This wasn’t a difficult project, just a lot of collecting the right tools and supplies and following the steps in an organized way.  Also, painting anything on two sides is a bit of a hassle. Do you have a simple project that just never seems to get done (or started)? Why not start it today?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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