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Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Faux Fireplace Screen

Hubby made this screen for me some weeks ago and since I have a "faux mantle/fireplace" I needed a faux fireplace screen, but I just now found time to decorate it. He keeps taking me to California, Seattle, the wilds of Idaho to camp (more on that soon!) and letting the relatives visit so I've been so tired and busy taking care of those things I've been neglecting the house.

So I ordered some decals on ebay, waited a week for them to arrive and put them on after our return from Seattle. Neither one of us like the decals on the faux fireplace screen so I took them off. I thought they'd be bigger than they actually were and they simply didn't work well on it. I think you'll agree it looks like a shotgun sprayed it.

Since I do much better with fabric I decided to cover it with some shabby roses barkcloth and any other pretty fabric that I had enough of without having to purchase more. (Hubby's kinda weird about all the fabric I have.) I left 2 small decals on the sides but the front I covered with fabric that I wet with liquid starch and "glued" it on with that so it can be taken off easily when I tire of it. (This has been known to happen frequently.) :-) I added some netting to the top and it looks much better than in the photo but I'm going take it off. I don't like it on there much. The fabric and roses and lace can really stand on its own merit. But I thought I'd show you what it looked like at first.

And this is how it finally looks. The picture above was taken at night and these two were taken in full daylight so I wanted to capture them accurately.

I like the final look of it. As is always the case, it looks much prettier in person.

On our trip to Washington state we saw a bunch of cows lying in pastures—all of them. I asked Love Bunny why they were all lying down and he said they must have been "party hardy animals" who were too pooped to pop. He's such a kidder.


  1. They say that if cows are lying down then rain is imminent!
    Your pale pink check looks like my bedroom curtains, a Laura Ashley , not made any more? I love it.

  2. I like it with the cloth as well...too bad we couldn't have met when you were in seattle..:)

  3. Yes, I agree decals are great, but they were too small. The fabric looks perfect!!

    Thanks for stopping by The Old Parsonage, I hope that you'll come back.


  4. The fabric looks much better than the decals. Great job. It turned out well.

  5. Hi, Connie,
    It looks good. I like the plaid and roses together. I looked and looked for a fireplace screen but never found one I liked or could afford. So, I just covered my fireplace opening with a lace curtain. I don't use my fireplace that much. Hope you have a great week. Vicki

  6. Oh how beautiful! Great ideas and great project! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This looks great. Hope you had a great time in Seattle! My home town.

  8. Hi Connie!!
    Been awhile since I visited, shame on me, but between hubby on vacation & all the home improvements we have done I "fall" into bed at night & just about pass out!!
    I really like the fabric you used... I too love a huge amount of fabric!! Why, I even upholstered the master bedroom walls!! Also I bought enough fabric for 30' of sunroom windows drapes... Thank goodness for Ebay!!

  9. I'm lovin' the fabric and lace better than the decals. Looks very cute and fits your house well.
    My MIL says that when all the cows are laying down they know it's about to rain. Did it rain?

  10. Honey it is cute of course. I been looking for a screen. Never thought of making one. We use our gas logs all winter long though and in the summer I put battery operated candles in there.

  11. Your screen turned out great! I love when I can use things that I have. Makes me feel not as extravagant when I buy new things!!

    Connie you have to try making ATC's. They are such fun and you would love it!! Once you try it, we could do a pink ATC swap. You have a ton of contacts - I'm sure there would be lots of people that would swap pink ATC's. I know I would. I bet you would make some really pretty ones - all foufoued up!

  12. This turned out so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Have a great new week.

  13. What a clever idea! It looks awesome!

  14. ahhh...perfect! Just perfect.
    I really love it!
    Cows lying down means rain, right?
    hugs, bj

  15. Connie, that is way cute!!!! Good job.

  16. You did a great job on your faux mantle fireplace screen, it looks really pretty.
    I'am still laughing about your bra shopping with the girls. My grand-daughter would be trying to help me too. LOL.
    I think your hair and makeup looks wonderful. But I know how you feel,I just had my hair high lighted and it took me a bit to get used to it. I like it now.
    My girls want to take me out shopping for new clothes. I wonder how they will dress me.LOL
    I enjoyed your post.
    Take care and have a great day,

  17. Love turned out are just so creative....and your blog makes me smile..

  18. Hi Connie, my angel!!!! That's what you are for pointing out your tutorials on your blog!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!! I have already read thru them once and tomorrow, when I feel more awake then I do now, I'm going to go over them again. I have already made a few changes thanks to your suggestions. You're the best and I'm so glad I found you!! XOXOXO

    By the way, you did such a pretty job on your faux screen. I love the fabric. Your description of the decals looking like a gunshot sprayed it had me in stitches!! Have a great nite!!

    ~ Wendy

  19. Nice Connie, pretty decals but they were just not doing it! Rachaelxo

  20. Hi Connie, I love the fabric on the screen. Gorgeous. You are so talented with fabric designs and this turned out beautiful.
    I love the Seattle shopping post. You had me laughing on this one.
    Have a great week.
    Blessings, Celestina Marie

  21. Hey Connie;;; I love how your fire place screen turned out... the fabric is so pretty... now you have to show us all how it looks with the fire place... PLEASE!!! I know you will.... have a great week..


  22. I agree about the decals...and then I was amazed when I scrolled down to see what you did with the screen~so beautiful! I love the selection of fabrics you used and the detailing!!
    Great job!

  23. What a great idea for the screen! I love the fabric look.
    I see where Eliz said it was going to rain because of the cows. I have never heard that...I have heard the leaves on trees will blow upside down if a storm is coming!! Don't know if that is true...but the sayings are interesting!

  24. Love the fabrics you teamed together on this project. LB did a terrific job for you, so give him an extra big hug!

    Big Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  25. This is so cute, love the fabric and the men in your family are very nice looking too!

  26. Love the fabric, it's just the right touch. I'm sure it looks fab in the family room.



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