Quick DIY Fireplace Screen with Modern Lines

I have passed by those uber cool radiator screens at just about every hardware store known to man!  Every darn time, I have been compelled to sort through them for a few minutes to admire the patterning and metallic finishes.  Basically, I have been dying to find an excuse to pick a favorite and buy one.  Have you ever had a material that thrills you to purchase, regardless of the project.  I mean, I was so stinking happy to be loading up this copper toned beauty with all the triangular designs punched out of the metal.  I strongly feel that there are a million projects simply begging for a material this cool!

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Some candle holders are on my must make list…but for now, I decided to bust out the power tools and give my fireplace a bit of a makeover.  A crackling fire is always gorgeous, but a black hollow sitting empty all summer long gets pretty dull.  So, I decided to make a fireplace screen that would reflect the morning and late afternoon sunlight with beauty.

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Obviously, you could cut the screen to any custom size.  However, I really wanted to take advantage of all that edgy pattern, so I cut a simple frame to fit the full size with  some 2″X4″ pine pieces.

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I kept the design crazy simple.  Using some flat L brackets, I cut horizontal pieces and two vertical pieces.  Attach them with the L brackets on the back-side.

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Using a square ruler will help you to keep things straight 🙂

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Hahaha I was busy “making do” here!  I did not have 4 brackets, so I used some old hinges to hold things together.  I am not one to be stopped in the middle of a project for something a stupid as a shortage of material 😉

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Time to create feet for my screen so that it can actually stand up!  I kept with the triangular theme and cut out four simple triangles with my saw that I could attach on either side of the screen for stability….I would not want this beauty falling on anyone!

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“Feet” attached, it was time for some shou sugi ban!  Torching the surface of the wood gave me a beautiful blackened surface that I knew would make the copper radiator screen stand out like a show-stopper!  Besides, a burnt surface is kind of poetic for a fireplace.

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Flipping my frame so that the wrong side was facing up, I simply attached the metal screen with wood screws.  It was fast and easy!

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My very last step was to polish the surface with our Spoon Butter.  I was so pleased with my little creation that I immediately had to see what it looked like at Sam’s fireplace (since I was building it at her house for project day 🙂 ).

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I was so excited to get it home to my squared-off fireplace and dark river rock hearth!  I will have to add a pic for you 😉

Grab some power tools this weekend and get creative!

xoxo

Chanda

Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton

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