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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Finished Project

I'm sure most of you can relate to unfinished projects, ideas rolling around in your head so fast that you really don't feel that you get much accomplished????  I am working toward finishing at least ten projects this summer that have woefully been neglected for far too long.  This is my latest.

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.



Cathy said...

Beautiful fabric choice! Looks great Char

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Oh, a finished project! Doesn't it feel good. That turned out so pretty.

Paula said...

Congratulations on checking one more thing off your "to do" list!

I love your fabric choice against the black of the screen. It's great that you can change the fabric out with the season.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I absolutely love this Char!

Congratulations on the Pfaltzgraff win!

Pamela said...

Love the fabric you chose!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Very English. It reminds me of my days living near Shefford!
What a lovely choice of fabric!

Brandi said...

I love your fabric choice. great option to be able to change out the fabric if you like.

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Love the fabric you chose! great project :)
Fancy Fugal Life

ShannonPinNOLA said...

Love the fabric...looks like a million bucks!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

I absolutely love it. It would be fun having a screen like that and change out the panel. I can relate to your Joann's story, only mine was about 10 inches and when they told me 50% off, I thought they meant the whole piece, so I said yes. I argued at the checkout and they had to bring the young man up that had helped me. Won't do that again.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks great and I am laughing so hard at the extra inch!! That is a hoot! Thanks for sharing at WUW.

SavannahGranny said...

Great look and fabulous price. Kudos on a project well done. Hugs, Ginger

Betsy said...

I love that screen and would have grabbed it for that price also. Good choice on the fabric and what a deal for the extra inch.
If I don't work on a project immediately, it can sit in line for ages.

Lynn said...

I love your fabric choice!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great job on the screen and I love the fabric. That is too funny about the inch of fabric! Thanks for linking to my party this week and I hope you have a great weekend.

xinex said...

I love the print, Char. Perfect! So funny about the extra inch. You would think she'd give it to you for free....Christine

Musings From A French Cottage said...

You did a great job on your screen. A very pretty color choice!

Have a great weekend.

God Bless,

Micupoftea~ said...

No, you are not the only one who likes to cover the fireplace....I wish I had a screen like this! Gorgeous fabric selection, Miss Char. Such a wonderful Colonial feel, and I like that you can change it easily. Good for you for doing some community service. I have been a G Scout Leader for 10 yrs and enjoy all the com service I've done with my Troop~

Patricia Ann said...

Wow that's beautiful!