It’s that time of the year when we start to move outside and revive our outdoor spaces. And having a substantial folding screen on a patio or in the yard can be an excellent way to create privacy. Screens can come in many forms from trellis to hedges. But a or even a cottage style arrangement of old hinged salvage doors makes a privacy feature that’s tall, substantial and also portable.
To create a screen from by hinging four old salvage doors like these, I’d head directly to the nearest architectural salvage yard, the local dump, or any thrift store that takes household effects. I also pay attention to pieces put out on the curb for giveaway or around dumpsters on construction sites. We happen to have a good salvage yard nearby where I found my current front door for $60! Doors for a patio screen need not match but they should be the same height. If the colors are different they can, of course be painted.
Even if the doors aren’t as salvage-pretty as chippy white ones [top] there’s always a way to add color and texture or even faux-painted architectural details. So the next time I see an old door out on the curb, I’ll grab it. Even the plainest door can be turned into a useful patio feature.
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