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.
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.htmlReplyDelete
geesh! so excited to find a "K" how get in touch?Delete
That was a great find!ReplyDelete
I have the letter R already in the grill if interested.
Please email me about the R and door guard
UncleAtom at gmail dot com
Letter r still available? Just bought my first home....i have a P in mine, but need an R.Delete
Email byethegroove at gmail.com
Hello Uncle Atom,ReplyDelete
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?
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.
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!ReplyDelete
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"!!ReplyDelete
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)!ReplyDelete
Congratulations! I'm glad that information was helpfule.Delete
I am looking for a letter L to place in our screen door insert. If anyone has one let me know. The email is email@example.com Thanks!
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:ReplyDelete
Looks like they have I, J, L, N, O and Y.
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.ReplyDelete
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.
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.ReplyDelete
we have an H and last night I watched the movie Mercury Rising (Bruce willis) and the kids' door has an L.ReplyDelete
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.Delete
I would love to buy the H from you...Delete
firstname.lastname@example.org and could you email a pic
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...ReplyDelete
email@example.com if anyone can help
I have 2 HsDelete
I would love to purchase an H from you. Our door currently has a J. Please let me know if it's still available. Thanks! Crystalpacheco73@gmail.com 😊Delete
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. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
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Rona tells me she is still seeking a letter P, but she has sold the G.Delete
I am looking for the letter "P" to go on my mom's door.ReplyDelete
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 email@example.com thanks markReplyDelete
I am in search of a letter "m" or "h". Any help would be appreciated!
I have an M with all of theDelete
reflectance gone. $20 inc
Hello fellow atomic fans!ReplyDelete
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
Hi! I am looking for a "B" as well, would love to purchase one! And I have a "Z" if anyone needs itReplyDelete
I am looking for a "K" if anyone has one for sale!ReplyDelete
I have a C and would like an A.ReplyDelete
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.Delete
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I have a L, and I'm looking for a F.ReplyDelete
I am looking for a TReplyDelete
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 "email@example.com" and just do subject as screen door. Thanks :)ReplyDelete
I have a W and I am looking for a C. please email me at Holly@HollyCastle.comReplyDelete
I am looking for a B please email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
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???ReplyDelete
If anyone has an R, I would love to purchase or trade the M that is in the door now. Please email me if you are interested. email@example.comReplyDelete
There's an R on eBay right now http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-alphabet-letter-R-vintage-screen-door-/291259217152?ssPageName=ADME:SS:SS:US:3160Delete
When we moved our business, we found a C, G, 2 Hs, a P, S, 2 Ts, and a VReplyDelete
Hi I'm looking for a P if you still have it.Delete
Id like the C if its available please.Delete
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I am looking for a "P" if anyone knows of one. Many thanks. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Hi all- I'very been trying to find a 'Z' but no luck so far. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you should happen upon one! Thank you in advance for keeping an eye out!ReplyDelete
For anyone searching for a letter, do an eBay search for "vintage screen door". Right now I'm seeing a lot of letters for sale.ReplyDelete
I'm looking for a screen door grille to put on my house. I have my "letter" off the house I grew up in. If anyone knows where I can buy one drop me a note at tuckerfan48 at g mail dot comReplyDelete
I'll buy an entire door if needed. Thanks
Looking for a DReplyDelete
firstname.lastname@example.org still looking for a "P" if anyone has a source; thank youReplyDelete
In search of the letter "c" email@example.com please if anybody has oneReplyDelete
I have an "S" I don't need but looking for an "L"ReplyDelete
I need an S - if you still have this can you email me a pic/price/details? firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
If you still have the "S" can you email me a pic/details/price at email@example.com? Thanks!ReplyDelete
Looking for a "D". Need just the letter, not the whole grille. Fingers crossed firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Looking for an "S" I have a "G". Willing to trade will pay up to $50 for an "S". email email@example.comReplyDelete
We have a "J" and we are looking for an "H". Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks! Crystalpacheco73@gmail.com.ReplyDelete
I have an L, looking for a T. Toal firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I have a K. Looking for an E. Got our first house over a year ago, and just getting around to it.ReplyDelete
Gave the "Z" off of my door to a friend... Looking for an "R"... Please contact me at email@example.com. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Hi I'm looking for a door guard that had a cocker spaniel integrated as the centrepiece. If anyone has one for sale I'd love to hear a priceReplyDelete
I am in need of two letter S'sReplyDelete