Suzannah is a serious DIYer, and the creator of the inspiring blog Create/Enjoy. She uses her creativity in every part of her life, from designing her own clothes to transforming her Portland fixer upper home.
Renovating a Fixer Upper
We've been knee deep in reno projects since we moved in in October, so replacing screens has not been on the priority list for most of that time. But, when I got a tour of the Orchard Supply Hardware that opened up in Portland's Central Eastside, I learned that they can re-screen old window screen frames of any kind, and can make new custom screens for our windows!
We were missing ALL of the screens on the ground floor of our house plus one upstairs, and two were broken upstairs. Now that it's summer, we open up the windows and doors wide when it cools off in the evenings, so we had plenty of bugs flying around inside without screens.
It was a HUGE relief to me that I could get screens made nearby, custom, and at a good price--let me share my experience with you!
Ordering Custom Replacement Window Screens at Orchard Supply Hardware
The new Orchard store is right by my work in close-in Southeast Portland and it was a super quick trip over there to order the screens. I think it was 30 minutes round trip including placing the order the first time I went.
I brought measurements for the windows that had never had screens, and I brought in the few old, broken ones I had to the Workbench.
They filled out the screen order form based on sizes of each. Pricing is based on screen material and size. They do have materials there for you to buy yourself and DIY rescreen or even build new, but it can be cheaper to have them do it for you because of waste/efficiency. And, I am all about DIY-ing, but I am not really in the market for learning new skills right now. (Sarcasm.) Some of our screens were less than $30 for a brand new, custom fit screen! I picked them up a few days later.
If you need new screens or just new mesh, I don't know where the heck you can get them at a good price and custom sizes other than Orchard Supply Hardware. But I can recommend them. You can find a store near you here.
Thank you so much to OSH for providing these perfect screens!
You can read her original article here.