Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Last To Know...

So...I truly am the last to know on this one.  After a ton of emails with questions about my Sliding Screen Door,  I decided to investigate.  Unbeknownst to me, this sweet little charmer was featured as one of the "13 Country Chic Ways to Use Screen Doors"  at,  check it here!
(I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't flattered!)

Now, for the questions!

How did I secure the bottom of the door?

Barn Doors hang, so the bottom can just tip outward.  If you have a dog who likes to let himself out, he may just figure this out, quickly.  After dealing with this for about a week, I ordered this and screwed it into the deck.  I only used one and the door slides nicely against the slider frame at the base.

Find it at amazon here.

How did I close the gaps along the sides and top?
Lucky for me, the top does not have a gap, it slides right along the edge of the house.  As for the edge, this was trial and error.  Lucky for you, I found what worked best was a weather stripping kit from Lowes.  It's basically a piece of wood trim with plastic foam padding attached along one side.  I trimmed it to size, painted the wood white,  and nailed it along the left side of the door (the side opposite the opening).  The wood was the exact width of the door and the foam pad slides against the glass on the sliding door, creating a bug-barrier.  This is not in the picture, I took the picture first, sorry!
Find it here

After that I thought I was done, until the windy Fall weather picked up and the door would slide right open by itself!  Once again, Amazon Prime to the rescue.  I ordered a door magnet kit and screwed that in place; one part on the interior of the screen door, the other is screwed to the door frame outside. Life is good.


  1. Really like your sliding screen door! Yours is the first outside slider I've seen and I think it looks great! All the info you included should be very helpful should I ever decide to try it on my double front door! Thanks for your post and pics!!

  2. Hi there Blooming Girl, how did you get the track to stay on the vinyl siding above the door opening?

  3. How did you get the track to stay on the vinyl siding above the door opening? Did you put a piece of wood or remove the siding?? Looking to do this project over the weekend and want to be sure. Thanks! Love it!

  4. The sliding door is held on place by framing, this framing is most likely 2 X 4's, essentially "studs." Above the door, on the exterior, I used a large drill bit and drilled through the siding and into the frame of the sliding door or the studs. I then screwed the metal slide bar into the pre-drilled holes using the hardware that came with the frame. It has held up great!


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