Save the Mill Finish Aluminum Screen Door Guards and Monogram Letters

One of my more popular blog posts was in May 2010 and the subject was aluminum scroll work screen guards, and the monogram letters that you used to see all the time in these old mill finish aluminum screen doors.  I also did an update post here.

Occasionally I see these guards and aluminum letters pop up on eBay.com or Etsy.com - search for 'screen' 'storm' 'door'  letter' 'monogram' 'aluminum' in any combo.  It's hard to put an average price on the grilles / screen guards because they are so varied.  Be sure you know the width of your door so you don't end up with a guard that won't fit your door.

If you watch your local Craigslist.com ads for "teardown" sales or "demolition" sales, or look through the Materials for sale section you may find the mill finish style of screen door for sale, and often these still have the grill guards included.  It is possible to find new mill finish storm doors -- one company that makes them is Croft LLC, and these may be available through chains such as Ace and Do It Best hardware.

Whether you are buying new or used, you do have to pay attention to the width of your door opening, and which way you want the screen door to swing, because the old doors may not be easy to switch from one direction of swing to the other -- it depends on the kind of door handle that was used and how creative you could be at covering up old screw holes (put a screw in the hole and most people won't notice).  For a bit more on finding a new mill finish screen door and parts, see this post at the NoPatternRequired blog, and tell them Uncle Atom sent ya.

I transplanted one of the scroll-work guards (or grilles, or grills, or grates, pick your favorite term) screen door in our front entry.  It really gave the door a finished and vintage look.  The only thing missing from my entry is the monogram letter R.  I have an R but I would have to cut up the grille to make the monogram fit, and I just can't bring myself to do that.

The individual monogram letters typically sell for around $5-15 each, but sometimes less.  If you are looking for a particular letter, you can post it below in the Comments section with an email address, and be sure to also check the Comments section of these older blog posts, here, and here.  Transactions or trades are up to you to work out on your own.

Good luck with your hunt - these doors and the guards and monogram letters are worth saving and they'll give a nice added touch to your mid century door and entry.







38 comments:

  1. Cool! I have a letter K (for my daughter Kate) that I picked up at a yard sale for 50cents. Didn't know anyone but me was actively looking for them! http://practiceintime.blogspot.com/2011/09/flea-market-friday-salad-days-and-pyrex.html

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    1. geesh! so excited to find a "K" how get in touch?

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  2. Hi,
    I have the letter R already in the grill if interested.

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    1. Hi Melissa,
      Please email me about the R and door guard
      UncleAtom at gmail dot com

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  3. Hello Uncle Atom,

    I'm looking for an old fashion aluminum storm door with and "F" monogram (with scroll work). I am having trouble finding anything. Can you help?

    thanks

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    1. Hi Anon,
      Sorry I don't know of any, but I suggest creating searches on ebay, etsy.com, and your local craigslist to notify you when something close to your search is available. You can always check back here regularly.

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  4. For anyone with a question, it would help if you don't post here Anonymously, because there's no way to follow up with you except for hoping you will check back to this page. Please post with an ID if at all possible. Thanks!

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  5. I am so happy and excited to report that I've finally (after a year of searching our local area) found a grill for our front screen door! The door, thanks to you was from Ace Hardware and the grill was residing on a vintage door at the dump. Unfortunately the door was badly damaged and too big for our house. I am continuing the hunt for letter "T"!!

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  6. I had replied to your fabulous blog entry a few months ago about my search for a grill and a letter T, and I am happy to report that after searching the local area for what seems like an eternity my husband came home from the dump yesterday with a fabulous vintage grill for the front door! Next up is to find the T and refinish the door behind the amazing screen door (that we purchased at our local Ace Hardware, thanks be to you)!

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    1. Congratulations! I'm glad that information was helpfule.

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  7. Hello all,

    I am looking for a letter L to place in our screen door insert. If anyone has one let me know. The email is black29roadster@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  8. There is a seller on etsy that is selling several different letters, and for cheap. I just bought one to replace the one on our new home's storm door. Check it out here:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103373290/vintage-aluminum-storm-door-letter

    Looks like they have I, J, L, N, O and Y.

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  9. Hello! I found this board while doing research on a couple of screen door grill insert monogram letters that I was going to sell online. I thought I would offer them here first to see if anyone is interested.
    I have 2

    1). Letter "S" aluminum with a beige sprayed on reflective coating.

    2). Letter "N" aluminum with a pebble finish.
    Shows slight signs of oxidation.

    Both are 6 inches wide measured across the back. Pics are available.

    Thanks,

    socalhoun11@gmail.com

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  10. I didn't realize these wee so hard to find. I did find that Cartun Hardware in Camden NJ has the non-monogram variety, but only in 36 inches. They are distributed by Mackinberg-something in Oklahoma but I couldn't find them on their website.

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  11. we have an H and last night I watched the movie Mercury Rising (Bruce willis) and the kids' door has an L.

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    1. I am looking for an H for the screen door of an old farm house we bought. I would be very interested in learning more about what you have.
      Thanks
      hulses@twinvalley.net

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    2. I would love to buy the H from you...
      photolovinmom@yahoo.com and could you email a pic

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  12. I am on the hunt for 1 or 2 H's if possible...I got the grills off of my grandparents house and someone had taken the H's out before I got them...I would love to make a present for my dad from one and one for my house....Any help would be appreciated....I've been driving around neighborhoods looking at every door...
    photolovinmom@yahoo.com if anyone can help

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  13. I am looking for a screen door grill that is lightweight aluminum with initial in the middle ("E"). Like the one above. My brother had one on his screen and someone stole them. For his 50th birthday I wanted to replace them. debbieevans08@comcast.net

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    2. Rona tells me she is still seeking a letter P, but she has sold the G.
      Uncle Atom

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  15. I am looking for the letter "P" to go on my mom's door.

    theradovs@juno.com

    Thanks

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  16. hi I am looking for a vintage aluminum storm door letter monogram with the letter T please email me with pic's and price-----2/12/13email me at marksauto65@juno.com thanks mark

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  17. Good morning,
    I am in search of a letter "m" or "h". Any help would be appreciated!
    abrant@times-news.com

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  18. Hello fellow atomic fans!

    If anyone out there comes up with a letter "G" or "B" or both, I would sure appreciate the opportunity to purchase them. Please email me - randibgood@gmail.com, with "screen door" in the subject line. If price and picture could be included that would be awesome! I'm trying to surprise my husband next month for his birthday, if not by then, we have fathers day & an anniversary coming later in the year.

    Thanks for any offers or leads you come across out there!
    Randi

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  19. Hi! I am looking for a "B" as well, would love to purchase one! And I have a "Z" if anyone needs it
    jporch44@hotmail.com

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  20. I am looking for a "K" if anyone has one for sale!
    Thanks
    bmgdn9@mail.missouri.edu

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  21. I have a C and would like an A.
    Thanks!

    JMA

    Icurnjean@hotmail.com

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    1. Do you still have the C. Please reply to Holly@HollyCastle.com. I do have a W if you know of someone that needs it.

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  23. I have a L, and I'm looking for a F.
    georgebd7@hotmail.com

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  24. I am looking for a T

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  25. I am looking for the Whole screen door with the letter "C" in the middle. I bought a house and the original house pic has an aluminum door on it and would love to make it look like the original picture. If you have one email me at "nolan1982@yahoo.com" and just do subject as screen door. Thanks :)

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  26. I have a W and I am looking for a C. please email me at Holly@HollyCastle.com

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  27. I am looking for a B please email me at alicia2brumley@yahoo.com

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  28. I have a complete door on my home with the street address # monogram. I am trying to clean the mill-finish aluminum as the door looks like it hasn't been cleaned since the 50s. Any suggestion what to clean with? There is heavy white powdery stuff on it and even sanding is difficult. Also the grille itself is very rough with white stuff. Suggestions welcome???

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