Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Brass fireplace screen
While I was working on my fireplace makeover I found a fireplace screen at the Peddler’s Mall. Ya’ll know my firebox is the biggest in the world. I was shocked that I found one to actually fit the opening to my fireplace.
Here it is in all it’s ugliness. Did I mention that I got it from Joey’s booth. The price? $3.96, one whole dollar under my limit.
If you actually read the directions on a can of spray paint, it actually says you should clean your item. So out came the bucket of sudsy water.
I clean her up really well, and let her dry for a day before I attacked her with this:
Krylon Brushed Metallic Satin Oil Rubbed Bronze. Loot from my swag bag!
Here it is in her new home. You might want to check out my spindle candlesticks
I still can’t believe it fit so perfectly! Faux window how to.
I also can’t believe how much better it looks black!
That paint is awesome!
I have cleaned for two full days on my garage and shed. I am exhausted! Am I done? you ask. NO! I ran out of daylight, and had to just start throwing stuff back in, due to the fact it is supposed to rain Thursday. I will definitely be finishing it the very next pretty day we have. I put a few things to the curb, and some of it was picked up pretty quickly. There are some things that are on the “iffy” list. Crib ends being one of them. I have about 6 ends (Jenny Lynn style). I also have a lot of spindles from another crib I parted out. I saved those for now, but I think the crib ends will be hitting the curb later in the week. I did take a little time out to work on a project. I’ve needed to use some spray adhesive and I can’t do it when it is damp/rainy.
gailEDITED TO ADD: I do not burn wood in my fireplace. The paint I used is NOT high heat. If you plan to paint a screen for a working fireplace, please use paint that is intended for that purpose.
It turned out beautiful. I love all of the detail at the bottom. Perfect fit too.Looks like it was custom made.
Traci@ Beneath My Heart
I cannot believe how perfectly that fits either! Amazing! And it looks sooo good there. You fireplace is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for linking up to my party!
Love it! What a fabulous find and incredible transformation! I have the same issue with our fireplace screen - only we use ours, so it will have to be the right paint. But, you have taken the leap and proven it CAN be done, and look great!
Wow. It looks fantastic. I have been thinking about spray painting some brass light fixtures. You have me inspired.
I must say, that was impressive. You did an amazing job. I love the way you made it relevant to today's interiors and the candle sticks inside are pretty. I'm especially liking the turquoise ones.
The Cozy Chateau
What a find and such a transformation! Well done. Looks beautiful! 🙂
Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures
This is a really great transformation. I like the black bricks too.
This is so amazing. What a fabulous job. now you got me thinking about my fireplace..
Funky Junk Interiors
Beautiful! Looks like it was always meant to be.
What a gorgeous fireplace! Love the crisp white with the black metalwork.
Thanks for linking up to SNS!
What a wonderful find - it looks great with the items you put in there.
Lucky you! I want to find a screen for my fireplace, but because it is so old and odd shaped, it is impossible. That looks great - especially with those fun posts and candlesticks!!!
Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
So cool that you found the perfect fit! It looks great!
Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something
absolutely beautiful! I had just talked about painting my mama'a old fireplace screen, hoping that it would look OK. Thanks for showing me that it turn into gorgeous with a little "spray therepy"! I hopped over from Fun to Craft and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week! until later...
Gail, I'm so impressed
1. That it fits so well.
2. that you got such a screamin deal.
You always find the best things! I love the spray painted look! Was it hard to spray paint the screen? Did it drip a lot? It looks great!
Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy
$3.96? Wow! You did good!
The Little Red Shop
How perfect! I love the little feet.
Have a beautiful weekend!
I am always amazed at what a acan of spray paint can accomplish. It frames your candlesticks so perfectly. Glad you found the perfect treasure. Whish I could spring clean be are still having rrain and cold wind.
That is just perfect! Love it!!!!
Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals
She looks beautiful all cleaned up and dressed in black.
Jennifer @ The Craft House
I would say you went shopping at the perfect time! That really does fit perfectly!
The whole fireplace-set-up you have going on is really pretty!
Brushed By An Angel
Your fireplace is beautiful. I love how the aqua candlesticks show up so well.
Those crib ends would make nice small benches. We made one for our porch several years ago from the ends of a crib.
It fit so well on that beautiful redone fireplace! You should be really proud of yourself when you look at what you did.
Wow Gail, that is perfect. Ditto on the comment about the design on the bottom matching the wood applique you added to the fireplace surround, and the cute little feet on the screen.
Dawn-I was amazed there are actual directions on the spray paint can too! I always thought it was just a grey on white design element that always looked kinda fuzzy to me!! Who knew!?
Gail...you've done it again-amazed me. #1-I cant believe you got that so cheap #2- I cant believe how perfectly it fits!!!! AGH!!!!!!!! It looks amazing and I really like the color paint you chose.
Funny, Im doing a spring cleanout too which I'll be posting about today or tomorrow. Actually, Im doing an online household sale... on FACEBOOK of all places! I did one over the winter for smaller items and it went so well I decided to do it again now as opposed to trying to sell things on Craigslist(Ive had TERRIBLE luck there). Im selling housewares, furniture, the works to all my "friends"! Alot of it went yesterday within hours!And Ive got more coming. Pics will be on my blog as well as my sewing studio re-do.
Well, that was an enormous amount of blubbering on and on. Have a wonderful day!
GAH!!! I know I'm supposed to be getting to how cool the paint was, but OMG... OMG.... when I got to the pic of the fireplace with my turquoise candlesticks in it (notice I said MY candlesticks because when a person loves something THAT much, I get at least 10 percent virtual ownership in them, LMAOOO) anyways, I saw that pic and just gasped... Gail, it is gorgeous. The ORB on the fireplace thingee is amazing, the little feets at the bottom, oh man - I love it.
But I am really perplexed. Did you mention that there are DIRECTIONS on a can of spray paint?!?! I'm off to get a magnifying glass to see if my cans have these... "directions" you speak of. Foreign to me, lol.
That reminded me that I don't think I answered your question about that candle jar - no, I didnt take the tag off (I bet it would tell me to remove tags in those "directions", hahaha) but when I sprayed over it, the lil sucker peeled right off, so I was forced to take it off, HAHAHA.
Have a great day, enjoy the forced garage cleaning break due to rain!
Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt
It looks FABULOUS!!!! I am always amazed by the magic of a little spray paint. 🙂 I love how brass has nothing on a can of paint.
Oh...how does Monday of next week look for you? Trisha Lou does not work that day but works every other day during the week and the weekend.
You can email me and we can go from there.
What an awesome find! The design across the bottom matches your little scroll piece above it so nicely! About that garage...we closed our large one into a family room, but we also enclosed a small room off to the side too and cut a door into my laundry room. I SAY it's our walk in closet but it has turned into the BIGGEST dumping ground ever! I so need to clean it out...I have a small path carved to where we hang up our clothes...terrible!
this screen is so perfect for your fireplace and such a great price...you amaze me with your bargains! love the detail of it and the ORB color.
you have inspired me to paint my brick black...the colonial natural red is getting tired and needs a pick me up.
i too have been working on purging and organizing...seems like its taking forever but it will be worthwhile in the end.