Screen Door – Dining Room

I found a screen door! And wouldn’t ya know it, it was RIGHT under my nose this whole time. I was making one of a million trips out my back door yesterday, and it hit me. (Not literally) we already own a chippy, old screen door! It was hanging on the outside of the wood door that leads outside right there. Duh!

So remember my temporary “door”?

Well, behind that curtain lurked this:

Until I realized we had this:

So we put it here:

… and then put up that picture ledge I’ve been talking about adding:

So, here’s the space…in all it’s un-accessorized, un-colorful glory…

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play with the screen door. It magically squeak-licious!

Pantry - Before & During
Reading Room - During

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  1. Anonymous says

    So, so cute!!!! I need you to come help me with my circa 1976 house here in Nebraska! lol Seriously — I have Carol Brady orange counter tops and brown shag carpet!!! Yikes! Good job!


  2. Amelia says

    The screen door looks so cute indoors, I love it! That was a brilliant idea, Layla!

  3. Anonymous says

    LOVE IT!!! I wish you lived close to me I would hire you in a minute! Just love your style and your creativity. I think it looks fantastic. Can’t wait to see all your other changes. You’ve got me thinking now too about my pantry. Only problem is I’m not neat so that could be kinda scary. Great job! Lisa

  4. Kristi says

    You sound like me. I want to do so much with the house. I just lake time (2 preschoolers running around)and money…

  5. Susie Harris says

    Ahhhh. love that screen door! I could do so much with one of those. I will have to keep my eye open for one. I love how it’s painted black…Sweet!

  6. SASSY says

    Great idea – Adds so much character to the space. I have been thinking about painting the front of my pantry doors with chalkboard paint.

  7. maitlandmommy says

    Seriously, Layla, you have a great eye. I LOVE the idea of the green door peeking through the screen door…which, by the way, is ABSOLUTE PERFECTION.

  8. Screaming Meme says

    Hey Layla! I love it! I’ve wanted one since I saw one on Cherry Hill Cottage…I have my eagle eye out…I am adding wainscotting to the dining area…What kind of molding did you add there? Is it a 2 by 4? I love it… I want to add a shelf like yours…Can you give me some instruction so I can explain it to my sexy carpenter boy aka Hubby!:) Meme

  9. Layla says

    The board laying flat across the beadboard is a 1×8. I routed the edges of it to give it a more “finished” look.
    Then just attach it to the wall, counter-sink the screws, fill them with caulk, prime and paint.
    Next I attached a pre-primed 1×4 (for the pictures to rest on) by drilling down into the top of the 1×8. I also used wood glue for extra adhesion.
    I caulked the crack between the two boards for a more seamless look, then and painted everything white two more times.

    Can’t wait to get some photography up there! :-)

  10. a day in the life of bella says

    That reminds me of when I was watching “House Hunters” one time and one of the bedrooms had a screen door on it and the lady was like, “What is this?” and the realtor said, “They must have a cat.” (I guess to keep the cat out of the baby’s room?)

    That was in the South, too, I remember…which would make alot of sense, since you have much warmer weather down there for much longer…and it’s hard to get a cross breeze with all of the doors closed…I thought it was a brilliant idea!

    It will be cool to see how your pantry turns out…and you will also get a cross breeze since you have a door in there, too :)

    I like your table :)

    PS: Thanks for the info on Horchow!

  11. Spymommy says

    sometimes the solutions are right under our noses and we never knew it! Looks fabulous, but I didn’t even need to say that because everything you do looks fabulous.

  12. Angie says

    Check out my pantry screen door! Look under my blog archives and you’ll see the post I did on it. I can’t wait to see your kitchen painted and decorated. It’s going to be so cute!!!

  13. Sue says

    I’ve wanted a screen door to go between my kitchen and laundry room but I haven’t found one yet. This makes me want it more….looks GREAT!

  14. AngiDe- Nana's Box says

    What Fabulous idea! Good luck with the rest of the work! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

    Nana’s Box

  15. Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says

    Kismet!! it is perfect! i am VERY impressed at the speed at which you work! Do you ever worry about what you will do when it is all done???! I do…thats why I work through the projects V E R Y S L O W L Y…(thats my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)

  16. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Oh, I love those screen doors. I’ve seen those used quite a bit in showhomes as pantry doors too. Just went to a lake house a few weeks ago that had one. Too cute! And you did that picture ledge all by yourself?! I’m really jealous…I have got to get some power tools. My hubby is not handy, so I need to learn how to do it myself.

  17. Mim says

    A good screen door so perfect for your pantry.
    On my last house I put the old fashioned- with- springs -screen doors on my screened porch so I could hear that sound as they shut. Lovely and painted black.. just the right touch.

  18. Traci says

    That is soooo neat….you must look at my pantry screen door…although I STILL have not painted it. I’m still not sure what color I want.
    Unfortunately, my kids have already stuck their foot through the screen. I’m thinking of putting blackboard on the bottom part….. ……got any suggestions? My pantry is not large…more like a coat closet size. I would love your input. I’m voting for you!!!!

  19. TheVintageHusband says

    Very cool idea! Thanks for visiting my blog as well. You have a lot of fun stuff going on. I’m going to add a link on my blog to yours so I can keep up on the progress

    The Tattered Husband

  20. Chris says

    You bet I’ll stay tuned. I’m on the edge of my seat with anticipation. That door is perfect! I can’t wait to see the pantry!!

  21. Teacats says

    A brillant find — and right in your own cottage! And so wonderful! Can’t wait for more projects to emerge on these pages!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  22. Cottage Rose says

    hello Layla; I was just at Bella’s and saw you blog name and it sounded like a great place to visit. I love what you are doing with your pantry, the screen door is perfect, it looks so great. I can’t wait to see the rest of your projects. Have a great Friday.


  23. Jackie Sue says

    I love the photos and hope you post “after” photos b/c I can’t wait to see it finished! We are remodeling our new house now as well, so I’m especially interested in ideas!

  24. Barn House says

    Howdy Layla!!! We loved your video and you definitely will get lots of votes from us. :o) Thanks for kind words on our little blog…you are welcome to visit us ANYtime!

    J & J

  25. Suzann says

    Absolutely lovely! Your “and then” list sounds very much like mine (LOL). All in good time. I can’t wait to see your green door, your new flooring and your accessories. Everything sounds so wonderful!

    BTW – thank you for sharing your paint colors for your reading room. I went out and grabbed those swatches and brought them home and they are exactly what I’ve been looking for. Not sure how I’ll put them together, but I’m going to.

  26. Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden says

    OH! It IS poifect!!! It’s going to tie into your kitchen so nicely. I cannot wait to see the flooring!

  27. Nancy Hood says

    cannot wait!!! I’ve blog readers that I’ve sent to your page for ideas!! you continue to amaze us all and give us the spark of making our areas prettier!

  28. Ivy Lane says

    Very cute idea! I love that! Just found your blog TODAY! Going to stop by and see the pantry progress!

  29. Them Chandlers says

    Thanks for your comment, Layla! Our friend, and worship pastor, took that picture for us. We love it :)

    Good luck with the Design Star audition! I love what you have already done with your cottage and can’t wait to see what other transformations you’ll accomplish. I’ll be checking back for design ideas and Star updates!

  30. chriskauf says

    It looks great , love it , I am starting the install of my v grove ceiling tomorrow , I will show how it is coming along.