Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fireplace Screen: making something out of...something else

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'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.


  1. Thanks for dropping by Courtney. I love your doors as well... I like them not repainted. Sometimes the oldie look works better for me. Nice meeting you, Susie H.

  2. Great idea - thanks! I like the aged look too.

  3. Ahem...the dad built the screen.

    Full size old doors weigh a ton! I know because we bought several "art" doors at the rebuilding center for $5 each. I made some corner cuboards out of them and let me tell you, one door weighs a ton.

    If you did make a divider/screen out of full size doors you would have to have the governor of California move them for you.

  4. I never would've thought of this! -Julia

  5. ha ha! oops, sorry...I guess my dad made the screen. Sorry, Dad! Good point about the heavy doors too. Ah well, it seemed like a good idea in theory!

  6. A just FABULOUS idea here. They are sooo cute...and I adore your idea of a BIG monogram on it.
    Well, that does it...I have to go hunt for D.O.O.R.S now..
    Thanks so much for letting me know about this post..I do appreciate it.
    hugs, bj

  7. Great idea> They would look super cute with something on them.
    Jen R


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