just say no to storm doors - tutorial

Friday, November 11, 2011

I have a hate relationship with our storm door.

First off, we live in a part of the country where it's either freezing cold or blazing hot.  You really only get a couple of storm door only days a year.  And, when I've opened the main door on those days I'm met with, "No!!!  You're letting all the store bought air out!!!" :D

Secondly, ours is not very attractive and I can't stand that you aren't able to see the front door due to the reflection.

Finally, I'm not a fan of getting smacked in the backside by it when I'm trying to get the main door unlocked, or of throwing it into our guest's faces when they come over.  Just not very inviting.

And, let's just look at this fabulous storm-door-less beauty I pinned on Pinterest.


{via Pinterest via Casual.Classic.Home}

When I saw it I literally started itching to get the door off.  It makes me want to beef up the trim around mine too.

If you hate your storm door and want it gone, here's what you do:

STEP ONE:  Remove all the screws and hardware on the inside of the storm door


STEP TWO:  Remove the screws holding the frame and door in place on the outside.  There may be some on the inside hinge as well.

STEP THREE:  Remove the frame and door.  And, stand in awe and disgust at what was living inside the frame.  Yuck!


STEP FOUR:  Sand down the screw holes and any flaking paint before filling in with exterior wood filler.


STEP FIVE:  Hopefully you have some leftover paint from when the trim was last painted that you can use to repaint the frame with.  If you're like me, and the leftover paint is one big rusted disaster, you can pick up a sample pot of your paint color and use that to touch up, or grab a quart and give her a fresh coat all over.


STEP SIX:  Enjoy your new found freedom from the storm door!


Me so happy!!!

And would you look at that, you can actually see the door now.



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44 comments :

  1. I have the exact same relationship with my storm door! Mine has the additional flaw of a broken hinge which means it won't stay open when you need it to, and it slams shut whenever you open it. It also is covered in kids' fingerprints. I'd love for it to be gone! Your door looks fantastic now!!

    Hmmmm... you've tempted me to go rip it down...

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  2. Wow! It's that slow-motion movie scene where the super-cute-popular hotty takes those hideous glasses of the pretty girl whose beauty has been unwittingly cloaked...

    I can hear yur door sighing with relief...

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  3. Shelley, your front door entrance looks beautiful. It did make a huge difference!!!

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  4. Wow! I hate my storm door too, but had been thinking about replacing it. I think I would rather it be gone forever... we rarely use ours either! hmmmmmmm yours is so pretty now... I'm surely thinking!!! Is your front door a metal door?

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  5. Your door looks lovely! I checked on Amazon for the entry table but it wasn't there anymore. I found it here though: http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com/entry-tables/southern-enterprises-ck8773-metal-sofa-entry-table-black_g591280.html?af=1530&cse=1530

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  6. I've been considering the same thing! The only thing is that the door is another barrier to me (single woman) and the outside person - sometimes scary people who want to cut my grass or sell me something. I must say, after your post, I'm leaning toward nixing the ugly door.
    -Revi

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  7. What a difference!! Your home looks so welcoming and happy :)

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  8. Looks great! My ILs have a storm door and it bakes their front door....they can't paint it any colors for that reason. :) That was enough to convince me that we don't need one. I also love your door hardware!

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  9. WOW! That is so wonderfully amazing. You truly have a gorgeous front door!

    And ps, I love the bit about letting out the store bought air! haha!!

    xoxo

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  10. Love! Looks SO much better. You've got me thinking!

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  11. Looks Great!! I'm your newest follower from the creative bloggers party. I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!
    Sally
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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  12. I SO hate my storm door -- love this idea -- thanks for the tutorial!

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  13. Oh what an awesome transformation!! You can really see how pretty your door is now. Great job!!

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  14. A. It looks fan-tabulous! So freeing, almost 'bra-less' :)

    B. Girl, how in the world can you link up to that many parties? You some kinda motivation & energy.. share please :)

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  15. Looks so much better! I've been thinking about removing mine, but the other half of this household likes it on. Sigh, he just doesn't understand that it messes with my design flow!

    Stopping by from Homemaker on a Dime!

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  16. Oh I sooo want to take ours off. We rent, so we'd have to keep it & put it back on before we move out, but I think it might be worth it considering how beautiful your door looks without it!

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  17. We just did this last week. We had that storm door propped open so long that I finally said take it out. It helps that our front deck is not on the "weather" side of the house and stays mostly dry. Yours looks good!

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  18. Wow! That looks so very much nicer! Maybe this is a dumb question, but what exactly is a storm door for?

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  20. this is great, my storm door is falling apart so this is perfect. I'd love you to add this to my link party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  21. Such a difference! I love it. What purpose is a storm door anyway?? I need to get rid of mine now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. I hate storm doors. One more thing to clean. Isn't it nice being grown up and being able to make these decisions? I can here my mom saying..."but you have to have a storm door"!

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  23. Hi Shelley, you did a wonderful job on your front door. It looks awesome. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  24. Awesome! What a difference it made having that storm door off!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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  25. Most storm doors are made of aluminum because they are corrosion resistant and low maintenance. Allow yourself about three hours for the installation.These doors can be heavy; it's always a good idea to have a helper.

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  26. Aside from the comfortable feeling it brought you when it was removed, it also revealed the true beauty of your front door. It wasn't that noticeable when it was covered by glass due to sunlight.

    Rolf Matchen

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    1. Your entry door looks great. We have orange and black in our brick and trying to decide on black, lighter green, or fiberglass woodgrain door. Also thinking of doing away with the storm door.

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  27. I get what you mean, Shelley! However, there are other types of storm doors that aren’t made of glass and don’t have spring in them. Or, you may choose to adjust its spring in small increments, testing after each piece, as every small adjustment can have a large impact in the tension level.

    Otis Kunkle

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  28. Hi,

    Thanks for the tips. Usually, I do not post on blogs, but I wish to say that this post really forced me to do so! Thanks, incredibly nice article. Thank you lots, I am obliged to announce that your blog is excellent!

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  29. That’s amazing! Did you do all the steps by yourself? That seems like a tough job, particularly removing of screws and door frame. I love the new one; it looks more homey and welcoming. :-)
    Mary Martin

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  30. I am loving the look of the storm door-less front entry! Thinking about removing mine but wondering if I'll miss the screen door option in the spring/fall. (I too live in a freezing/blazing area, though...) What color is the door is painted?

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  31. We had a storm door and it broke, and we really miss it. Going out to buy a new one this weekend. Sorry, but having the option to open the front door and let in sunlight or air (if screen is available) is much too tempting. I do need to remove the old door's frame though, so this is helpful...

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  32. This is perfect, thanks so much for sharing. I need to do these to my garden doors in Toronto!

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  33. I really love the look of fiberglass doors in Miami... I've been thinking of getting some for my own house! They are beautiful!

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  34. Cool. Ill have to look into a fiberglass door in Miami. Thanks for sharing, i really like the end result.

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  35. You did such a good job with this post. I was thinking about going with storm doors but reading this makes me think that the fiberglass doors in Toronto that I have been looking at will be a better option. What do you think?

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  36. is is awesome information! Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been looking into getting fiberglass doors in Toronto... This really helped!
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  37. We have storm doors on all of our doors, and we also live in an area where they just aren't practical (Hot and Humid, and Freezing cold). My husband, and in laws, believe since there is a storm door on the door, they don't need to close the main door (allowing easy access for small people to escape, and although they haven't, this mommy will go into a tail spin when they don't close the door.) I HATE when friends come over, and have an armload, with the stuff their small people want to bring, and we end up doing the door dance, trying to get it all in. So, while discussing the removal of storm doors with my husband, he said "They're wood doors! Wood can't be exposed to rain!!!" Then there was this look of panic on his face, when he realized just how stupid that sounded (it sounded like my in laws had taken over his body). Anyway, It's better to ask forgiveness... the first storm door is coming down!!!!
    Thanks.

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  38. We have storm doors on all of our doors, and we also live in an area where they just aren't practical (Hot and Humid, and Freezing cold). My husband, and in laws, believe since there is a storm door on the door, they don't need to close the main door (allowing easy access for small people to escape, and although they haven't, this mommy will go into a tail spin when they don't close the door.) I HATE when friends come over, and have an armload, with the stuff their small people want to bring, and we end up doing the door dance, trying to get it all in. So, while discussing the removal of storm doors with my husband, he said "They're wood doors! Wood can't be exposed to rain!!!" Then there was this look of panic on his face, when he realized just how stupid that sounded (it sounded like my in laws had taken over his body). Anyway, It's better to ask forgiveness... the first storm door is coming down!!!!
    Thanks.

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    1. Ha!!! That cracks me up, and TOTALLY is something my husband would have said :D You'll be so happy when they're gone! We drove past our old house (we sold this one last year) and I was blown away to see that they put up another storm door. What?!!!

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  39. Thanks for this! I had a double storm door until today. They were ugly. Hinge was broken. Once I removed them I realized why they wouldn't fit - they were installed with only about half the screws they should have had and couldn't withstand the Oklahoma wind.

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  40. These doors can also provide a way of ventilation in your home, since most of them feature a sliding panel that can open to promote air flow. Not only are these doors a smart economical choice, they come in a variety of styles that can enhance the beauty of any home.

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