Modern Screen Door

screen tight wood unfinished screen door diyI’ve wanted a screen door on our bedroom/backyard door since we moved in. It’s been one of those little projects that we just never get to. I’m not a screen door fan. They totally scream Southern/country to me and I would usually steer way clear of them. But in this instance it seemed like the best option. Our bedroom is lacking in windows and having the door open, an all day everyday habit, allows natural light, fresh air, backyard views…and bugs in. California bugs aren’t nearly as bad as other areas of the country, but they still bug. So my only requirement out of a screen door was that it kept the bugs out and let the light in while blending with our house in an unobtrusive and minimal way (read: no shabby chic country trash).We always thought we’d have to build one from scratch, the main reason we haven’t gotten to this project sooner, because there aren’t a lot of modern looking wood screen doors out there in our price range. Rejuvenation carries this one, which is decent looking but expensive. Last month, in a semi-desperate search for a cheap, temporary stand in, I saw this Screen Tight wood screen door in-stock at Lowes and decided to give it a try. It is simple, unobtrusive and just might even work as a long term solution. And for $70, way cheaper than anything we could throw together. (FYI Home Depot carries it too for even cheaper, though not in stock for us, and so does Amazon but for quite a lot more – which I almost paid before finding it locally because it’s still cheaper/easier than DIYing. Ours is a 32″ door for reference.) The downsides are what you’d imagine from a cheap, off the shelf screen door: it is sturdy enough, but slightly warped. We had to trim ours because something wasn’t square – totally possibly our house! The actual screen construction is flimsy, barely making it through taking it off/screwing it back on process in order to paint the frame. But now that it’s in we are SO happy with the quality for the price. It feels like it will last us for years and we like that the screen can be easily replaced when the time comes. Do you notice our fun little work around? We had to trim off the top corner of the screen frame to clear a roof beam. We thought it would look WAY worse than it does and be so noticeable that we almost abandoned the project, so we are so happy that it’s only obvious from certain vantage points. screen tight wood unfinished screen door diyThe screen door comes unfinished and painting it the same color as our door seemed like the best way to blend it seamlessly, so I went with Fireglow by Behr again, in their Marquee paint in exterior glossy…it’s NICE paint. Orange paint is notoriously a multi coat color, especially over white primer – which I always end up using because that’s what I have on hand and I’m impulsive. So anyways, this paint is high quality enough (paint and primer in one with excellent coverage) to skip the primer so that’s what I decided to do here. And after doing one thin coat, I stopped because I loved the accidental wood stain look achieved with the grain slightly showing through. It adds some interest in an otherwise flat scene.screen tight wood unfinished screen door diyWe decided to hinge it opposite our door because, as you can see, that configuration was the least awkward for passage. I think what often dumb downs screen doors is ramshackle, country looking screen door pulls. Instead I planned on going with this dummy knob that matches our interior door knobs. Way better right? But I hesitated in order to sit with it for a few days and I’m so glad I did because I actually ended up preferring no hardward for an ultra-clean look. We put a roller latch on the inside so the door easily opens with a light push or pull on the cross bar and, especially since this door doesn’t get a ton of traffic, the no hardware situation is totally doable!behr fireglow exterior paintBefore the screen door (and the chair paint faded) and after:screen tight wood unfinished screen door diyIt’s so lame to call this life changing for us, but it really has improved our day to day so much. We open it the second we open our eyes in the morning and don’t shut it ’til eyes shut at night. We love having a cheerful view to our backyard. Our bedroom used to take on so much heat in the summer and the screen has dramatically changed airflow to where it’s often freezing cold in here by the time we go to bed – the best! And NO MORE FLIES, though oddly the cutest baby lizard did sneak in under the other day. The only downside is that everything is way more dusty than it was before, but that’s a trade I’ll gladly make.

So what do you say to screen doors? Heck yes or hard no?

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Master Bedroom Updates

I probably say this about so many rooms, but this room is actually my favorite. I love everything about it. The size, the furniture, the Halloween colors, the whole vibe. There’s been a few tweaks since last look and I’m here with them all. Changes include a new (to us) highboy dresser, a new ceiling fan, new nightstands, a new humongous bed, and amazing new wallpaper in the dressing room area! (All sources at end)I’d been unsuccessfully looking for a vintage highboy dresser since we moved in and as I was getting prepared to pay dealer rates, I found this one tucked away in a bedroom at a random, crappy estate last year that I almost drove past. It is by Red Lion and is marked as a sample on the back. I haven’t been able to find many examples of these (just this one on Chairish), but I do know mine didn’t have original knobs so I replaced the mediocre existing ones with giant vintage copper rounds.

A new and bigger mattress has been a HUGE upgrade. I was hesitant to go so huge and indulgent, but this large room can take a king and we are so happy with our insanely comfortable bed. One day we will get around to building a frame/headboard with floating nightstands, but for now this vintage cane headboard by Calvin Furniture and these nightstands from Target (found for $20 on sale) are stellar stand-ins.mid century bedroom black orange lane dresser vintageI love our dressing room new wallpaper so much. It really works with the bedroom.I blabber on and on about our new ceiling fan here. It is this one, and then I painted it/have issues… (And I’m trying out that clock from my son’s room but don’t think I’m loving it in here.)
Orange door is still going strong. I am obsessed with it to this day. The ONLY thing I would change is having a wall of sliders out to the backyard. All house things are possible, so maybe one day!? (Do you believe that? I do wholeheartedly, and I think it gets me into dumb house situations that other people don’t seem to find themselves in….)

SOURCES

side tables – Target | mobile – CB2 | headboard – vintage Calvin Furniture  | desk – vintage

wallhanging – DIY | low dresser – vintage Lane | tall dresser – vintage Red Lion | painting – me

sconces – vintage | ceiling fan – Possini Admiralty | mattress – Brentwood Home 11′ Bamboo

wallpaper – Norwall | black accent wall – Behr Stealth Jet | orange door – Behr Fireglow

 

We are nearing the end of the journey in here:

  • Remove so much wallpaper
  • Remove old shutters
  • Hang bamboo blinds
  • Paint walls/ceiling/trim
  • Paint black wall
  • Install sconces
  • Paint backyard door
  • New ceiling fan
  • Replace light switches
  • Paint pocket door between bedroom and dressing room…accent or boring white?
  • Install hardwood floors maybe
  • Black grasscloth for the black wall
  • Build bedframe
  • Build a screen door for backyard door (done!)

I’m not sure why we are incapable of sealing the deal on any one room, but we are *so* close this time! We actually just put in a screen door right after I photographed these, so I’ll share that soon (here it is!). And this week I’m hoping to hang black grasscloth on the black wall. I have the wallpaper, I just need to find the time to hang it. It won’t be a drastic change, but the heart wants what it wants and mine is forever stuck on grasscloth texture….

Thanks for looking at my bonkers room and for reading everybody! xoxo

Modern Ceiling Fan

Guys, I know I’ve left you hanging for like years on this one, but we finally purchased, liked, and installed a ceiling fan in our master bedroom! Living the life over here. What the heck took so long you might ask? Well, a few things. First off, I purchased another fan (Hampton Bay Trusseau) and wasn’t in love with it in person. The “wood” looked cheap, which was to be expected because it was cheap and fake. I figured I would keep it anyway because it wasn’t the worst, but we had some wonky electrical that needed to be fixed, a very good reason to procrastinate, and in the meantime the fan that I actually really wanted but was too much money (Possini Admiralty) went on sale and I scooped it up! We finally got around to 1. painting it (eek, I know, I have custom issues…) and 2. installing it. It works great, it looks great, I am so happy, sometimes things take a really long time, and life is hard.possini admiraltyAs mentioned before, I was searching for a modern/simple fan in either brass or black, a tall order apparently. The design of this fan was so pretty, especially the honey-colored REAL WOOD blades. But I just wasn’t into the brushed nickel…easily fixable if you are insane like me! I used my all time favorite spray paint, Rustoleum’s flat black, to paint the fan housing. The finish is flawless, even after being hands very much during install. The black looks pretty, pretty good with the wood, huh?! (More info on painting fans here. And I have a decent list of good looking fans here.) possini admiraltyWe’ve been wrapping up a lot of small loose ends around the house this past week and it’s starting to feel less and less like we live in a trash house!!!