My windows are original to the house (except the kitchen window) and several are missing window screens. This didn’t bother me much during the hot summer months when the A/C was on 24/7. But now that fall is here and temperatures are cooler, I have an urge to air out the entire house… especially the kitchen.
When I bought the house, the previous owners had left behind a large window screen frame. Although it didn’t fit any windows or doors, I couldn’t get myself to throw it away.
The other day I made use of this screen by turning it into a smaller screen for my kitchen window. Here’s how I did it.
The frame is large and green. I needed a small and white frame.
First I measured the window.
Next, I removed the screening wire and mesh.
Since I needed to cut the frame, I removed the corner clips from the ends of the frame.
I used my inexpensive miter saw to cut the frame.Here is my new size frame after I cut it and reinstalled the corner clips.After spray painting the frame white, I was ready to install the mesh and screening wire. You are supposed to use something called a spline tool to push the screening wire into the frame.
I don’t have this tool so I used a screw driver instead. It worked just fine. Just be careful not to slip and damage the mesh. To finish it off, I trimmed the excess screen wire and mesh.
Here’s the screen, installed and ready to go.A shot from the inside the kitchen. A/C is off, window is open. I smell and feel the fresh air. It feels so good…. Should have done this a looong time ago!
When you think about it, window screens are such a simple design, yet so effective. I love when something so simple makes a huge difference to our home. Have a great week and keep reusing! 🙂
The mesh in my window screens have holes all over in it. I love having mesh in my window, because it keeps bugs out of my house when my windows are open. Thank you for the step-by-step explanation on how to install new mesh in the window. I will need to figure out where to get high quality wire mesh so I don’t need to replace my mesh often.