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Thursday, December 29, 2011

DIY Fence Picket Fireplace Screen


In the midst of all of the craziness during the past few months (read: lack of blogging), I completely forgot to tell you guys about one of the coolest DIY projects in our house!

A couple of months ago we made what I consider to be one of our best investments for the new house so far: a gas log for the fireplace. I am extremely cold-natured and tend to crank the heater up to close to 75 degrees in the winter. You wouldn't believe how much we have saved on our electric bill this winter thanks to my new best friend. I wish I had one in every room!


What you can't tell from this picture is that the fireplace is actually double-sided. The other side is open to the master bedroom. Great for heating purposes but a little weird when you have guests over. I dealt with it for several months because I couldn't find a solid fireplace screen that was up to par, but once the gas log went in I knew it was time to create my own solution. The backside of gas logs aren't real beautiful to look at.

Lo and behold, we happened to have a huge pile of old fence pickets lying around in the alley. I proposed an idea to the hubs and he made it happen. I wish so badly that I could say that this was my DIY project (I mean clearly I'm the brains behind it), but unfortunately I just didn't have the man-power to make this one happen. I don't use saws. Or drills.

Ethan gathered up the pickets that were in the best shape and made sure to clean them really well and spray them down with bug repellent. Next, he measured the height of the fireplace and cut the pickets to size. He created three different sections so the screen could fold and connected the pickets in each section by running two horizontal boards down the back. I picked out some hinges at Lowe's that I spray painted with a hammered bronze color to make them look aged. Ethan attached the hinges and just like that, we had the perfect fireplace screen!

{Forgive the iPhone photos. I took these back when all I had were broken cameras.}

I love the special touch that it gives to the fireplace. It fits perfectly with my decor. I couldn't have found a better fit from any store! And in case you're wondering... we do leave it out even when the log is turned on. It feels slightly warm to the touch after the fire has been going for a long time but never gets even remotely hot. However, I probably wouldn't recommend using it in front of a wood-burning fireplace unless you don't actually have a fire going. :)

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