Jill called me with a fabulous idea on how I could use all of those shutters that were collecting dust in my garage.
And this, my friend, was her brilliant idea:
A fireplace screen made out of shutters!
I was thrilled!
A simply brilliant way to use up those old shutters I found on the side of the road so long ago!
See, before Jill shared this awesome idea with me,
I avoided taking pictures in our den because the black hole aka fireplace ruined the pictures…
Just in case you happen to have old shutters laying around…
this is how I made it:
I took some of my old shutters that we just hanging out in our garage and wiped them down a little…
Of course I busted out my favorite spray paint color of all times:
And gave the shutters a thin coat.
Then I let them dry A LITTLE BIT…
before they were completely dry, I took a piece of sand paper and began to sand away to achieve the “old peeled paint” look I wanted.
My goal here was to make them look like they were outside for many, many years and the weather just took it’s toll!
After the sanding was complete and the shutters looked perfectly imperfect,
I took the shutters inside.
I laid four shutters in a row wrong sides up and used straight brackets with little screws to hold them all together.
I put a bracket at the top and the bottom of each shutter.
Then I laid one shutter on each end and used the hinge that was on the shutters to attach them to the other four.
See this pic:
I am seriously in LOVE with our new fireplace screen!
Doesn’t it add a fun pop of color in our den?!?
I love taking the old, making it new and using items in unexpected ways!
Thank you for the awesome idea Jill!
(now come on over so we can make yours… the shutters are waiting!)