Create your own wooden gate window screens
I love window treatments, but my preference is the type that doesn’t attract pet hair. Can anyone else relate?
So as I was dreaming up what to do around my large picture window in the living room, an idea came to mind.
I’ve had these privacy screens as my window treatments for my large picture window forever. They worked really well, as when closed, they allowed lots of light in while offering privacy! But they didn’t have the quaint farmhouse look I was after.
I was thinking along the lines of barn doors or a gate style…
That’s when I came across this white picket fence gate which gave me some new inspiration. I loved the curved top so I thought… why don’t I attempt to cover what I have and create my own take of wooden gate window screens instead?
It was worth a shot!
And my goodness… I can’t believe how amazing this idea turned out! And it couldn’t be easier thanks to starting with a cheap room divider privacy screen!
Here’s what I ended up making…
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Create your own wooden gate window screens
Supplies I used:
- A room divider
- Knotty pine interior plank panelling
- Air nailer
- White paint
- Jig saw
- Palm sander
- thin, bendable tape of some kind
- gate hardware
This knotty pine interior plank panelling wood was perfect! The slats are 3.25″ wide and the boards are very thin and lightweight, which was important so the framework remained as lightweight as possible.
1. Align the wood planks into position over top of a room divider panel. Align the wood along the bottom but allow the top to overhang. Do not trim yet.
2. Attach the wood to the room divider using an air nailer, completing one room divider panel at a time.
A special thanks again to Manual Replacement Guy Dan for teaching me how to use the nail gun in a red hot jiffy. 🙂
3. Create a desired shape along each top of the room divide, including all 3 panels. Trace the shape with pencil, then remove tape.
Using thin bendable masking tape as a guide, (I used .25″ vinyl pin-striping tape!), I create a desired curve along the top of a completed wood covered room divider.
I then created a paper pattern of the shape and transferred it to the other room divider.
4. Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape, then gently sand along the edges with a palm sander.
Find lots of jigsaws HERE
5. Add detailed barn door or gate styled trim if desired. (see above)
- Run two horizontal planks, one across the top and bottom of the entire room divider first.
- Run one plank diagonally.
- Pencil in desired cut marks, then cut with a miter saw.
- Attach with air nails.
- Copy onto the other room divider, except run the angled board in the opposite direction.
I personally didn’t fill in the nail holes as I liked how they helped to age the look, but you certainly could with wood filler.
Gorgeous, right?! I jumped for joy when I got to this point!
Just make sure the height works with your room. I needed to do a 2nd cut to make mine fit! Oops.
6. Use authentic gate hinges and pulls for the details.
My own gate hinges and pulls were found at half price in white, so they were spray painted black.
7. Prime the wood screens.
A shellac-based primer is recommended so you don’t get wood bleed through the knots in the wood. If your wood won’t likely bleed, most any wood primer will do. I used a bonding primer on mine.
Find the best SHELLAC PRIMER HERE
8. Paint the screens in a semi gloss trim paint.
Or just use a good quality furniture paint.
9. Glaze the wood screens to age them if desired.
Because I wished to add more dimension to the screens, I mixed up my own glaze with water and a deeper tone of latex paint I had on hand.
I added the glaze, then wiped most of it off with a cloth to leave some behind in the nooks and crannies.
And here’s the end result…
The finished wooden gate window screens!
Can you even believe how gorgeous these wooden gate window screens turned out?!
Light and bright while adding so much farmhouse charm!
And here’s the other side.
Here’s more updated shots of the gates in this living room tour HERE.
And of course, then it was time to decorate. I added this rusty old lantern to one of the handles.
The two window screen window gates resemble one large entry gate, appearing as if it was simply carried into the house and propped in place.
I love how the wood planks add visual interest and how the white paint doesn’t darken the room.
And the curvy tops add some architectural interest to an otherwise very square window frame.
The wood gate window screens can also close if desired, as long as you leave enough bend in the privacy screens for them to be self-supporting.
I rarely close them so I wasn’t concerned they don’t cover 100% of the window.
As you can see, what an improvement these wooden gate window screens made! I’m smitten with the end result and am ecstatic to finally have my ‘dream’ gates become a reality… with no pet hair in sight.
Think you’ll give this idea a go for your windows?
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