I was inspired by a post over at Kari & Kijsa's about old cabinet doors, and I thought I'd post a picture of this great fireplace screen my mom built and gave to me. She found old cupboard doors at The Rebuilding Center and simply added hinges. She didn't even repaint the doors - this just adds to the charm - and voila! A cute and functional fireplace screen - it effectively keeps my kids out of the fireplace! I was thinking you could do this with old shutters or kitchen cupboards...really anything flat and rectangular could be made into a screen like this. For a larger version, try actual doors. Wouldn't a screen made of old doors be cute in a corner of your living room or on your porch?
Someday I'm thinking I'll paint something cute on this screen - like a simple monogram on the middle panel or something - still leaving the original paint finish, because I like it. But for now...it's always kind of fun to see what you can do when you recycle something old into something new! For more great inspiration on how to makeover old furniture, visit Tracey at A Cottage Industry and Jen at Sanctuary Arts.