Repair a window in your home's kitchen that has a torn screen and old, wooden frame by patching the screen and adding paint and wood sealer to the frame with the following steps. The simple repairs will prevent insects from entering your home when you open the window and will provide the frame with a newer appearance.
- wire cloth
- safety pins
- sewing thread
- sewing needle
- soapy water
- sand paper
- hand sander
- tack cloth
- painter's tape
- interior paint
- paintbrushes (different sizes)
- wood sealer
Remove The Screen And Patch The Torn Area
Remove the screen from the window and place it on a flat surface. Use a ruler to measure the section that is torn. Cut a piece of wire cloth that is slightly longer and wider than the torn section. Use a couple safety pins to secure the piece of wire cloth to the torn area. Thread a sewing needle with sewing thread that is close to the color of the wire cloth.
Insert the needle through one of the holes in the edge of the cloth and the original screen and pull the needle until the thread is taut. Pull the needle up through the next hole in the screen and the cloth and make sure that the thread is taut.
Continue sewing around the entire piece of wire cloth in the same manner. Use scissors to remove the thread from the needle and knot the end of the thread. Remove the safety pins and reattach the screen to the window.
Clean And Sand The Window's Frame
Use a sponge that has been dipped in soapy water to clean the window's frame. Remove any soapy residue from the frame with plain water. Dry the frame's surface with a towel. If the wooden frame has a rough surface, lightly sand it with a hand sander and a piece of sandpaper. Remove sanding dust from the frame's surface by wiping it with a tack cloth.
Apply Paint And Sealer
Place pieces of painter's tape next to window's frame so that they aren't accidentally covered with paint or sealer. Pour some paint that is designed for interiors into a tray. Use a paintbrush to apply an even coat of paint to the wooden frame. Use a thin-bristled paintbrush to apply paint to any intricate details in the wooden frame.
Wait for the paint to dry. Pour wood sealer into a clean tray. Apply one coat of sealer to the window's frame with a paintbrush. Wait for the sealer to dry before touching the frame.
If you have a lot of window screens that are damaged, you may wish to have a company like Northridge Screen repair them for you, in order to save time and yield attractive results.