One of the things I love about our home is the huge fireplace in the family room. There’s nothing better than a roaring fire to add coziness and warmth on a cold winter’s night. But in the Spring and Summer, I always want to replace the fireplace screen with one that’s a little more decorative, one that covers the gaping hole of the fireplace when not in use.
A couple of years ago, one of my blogging friends, Anita at Cedar Hill Farmhouse, showed a beautiful antique frenchy fireplace screen that she had found, and I loved the look of it standing in front of the fireplace. Since then, I have searched for one, but never found anything that would work. I decided to create one by using a salvaged mirror frame, plywood, wood legs, and an antique grain sack.
I found this salvaged mirror frame about 9 months ago at an antique market and fell in love with the detailing. I bought it, not really knowing what I would do with it, but it had such a gorgeous look to it that I couldn’t pass it up.
It sat on the floor of my office for months and every time I would walk past it, I would catch myself stopping and looking at it, wondering what I could do with it. One day, if finally hit me. Why couldn’t I create my own version of a french style fireplace screen?
I carried the frame to the family room and held it up in front of the fireplace opening. It covered the opening perfectly.
After explaining to hubby what I wanted to do, he traced the shape of the frame opening onto a thin piece of plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw.
We added two legs at the bottom so it would stand on it’s own, and I used paint and gilding wax to match them to the original gilded finish of the old frame.
I added batting to the plywood to give it a little bit of dimension. Then I took one of my antique grains sacks that has a monogram and covered the plywood with it, centering the stripe, and hot glueing it around on the back side of the plywood.
Then all we had to do was mount the plywood back into the frame, and it was finished! One of the easiest projects I’ve done in a long time.
I love the way it turned out and how nicely it covers the opening to the fireplace during the warmer months when it’s not in use.
I have a weakness for the old monogrammed grain sacks, with the farmer’s initials on them. I don’t find them often, but when I do, I usually grab them, especially if they are in blue.
I will be on the hunt for a grain sack with our monogram, and if I’m lucky enough to find one, it will be easy enough to swap this one out.
I know all of you have been asking about the progress on the foyer, and we are still working on it. It’s in it’s final stages with the floor going down this week. Here’s a little sneak peek….
I hope ya’ll had a wonderful weekend…..mine was spent on my knees, with a trowel in hand, and covered in mortar!
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