I bought this fireplace screen at a last day sale of a local company that was going out of business. I really did make a haul that day. I got this piece for $5 and with the exception of a few surface scratches it could have been called "good" as a finished project that put in front of the fireplace. I think this thing has sat in the basement for at least two years waiting for some sort of direction.
First I took the insert out of the frame and painted the frame black.
This is what the insert looked like when I got it. I considered doing a stencil on it using one of the fabulous designs from the Graphics Fairy, also I considered gluing antique buttons on it but the area was so big I knew I'd be shopping for antique white buttons for a year.
Next came this fabric which is leftover from a bedroom chair that I recovered for Katie. This one looked great and was a real contender.
I've been hoarding this beautiful fabric and although it looked good I just couldn't bring myself to cut a chunk off of what I have to staple on to a screen.
This is what I finally settled on, I found it this past weekend at JoAnn's for 30% off. It has a lot of the colors that I've used in my living room which tend toward fall and yet the pattern still looked summery to me. Side story to this purchase. I asked for two yards as I'm going to make a couple of rolled pillow covers too for the window seat , when the lady measured it out it was 6' 1". She asked if I wanted the extra inch....I said sure not really understanding why she was asking. Did she plan to cut it off and then sell it? An inch on a pattern this large couldn't even be used for samples. Anyway....she said that she could give me 50% off if I took the extra inch. Yes girls I paid .12 for that extra inch, the evil little person inside of me wanted to say "no, I just need the two yards".
And here is the finished screen. I know I'm probably the only person in blogland who likes my fireplace covered in the summer but there you have it girls. The great thing is since this is an insert I can remove the fabric and replace it with something else when I get tired of it.