I'm sharing a shutter DIY fireplace screen! Do you remember the shutter shelf I made with ½ of a bi-folding door. This project is really simple once you locate some doors and cut them in half.
DIY Fireplace Screen
Step 1- Locate some bi-fold doors.
Mine happened to be hanging out for a couple of years in my shed. You could probably find some on the side of the road, or at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Remove any and all hardware. I had already “borrowed” the hinges off of these doors for other projects. Then I only had to remove a couple of knobs.
I chose 4 doors, 2 were black and 2 were white. They weren’t exactly matching or the same width, but once painted and displayed—that’s not noticeable.
Step 2- cut the doors
The doors are too tall, so they need to be cut in half. I used my compound sliding miter saw, but you could use a circular saw, jig saw or even a hand saw. Make sure that you trim up the wider part so that all four doors (or shutters) are the same height.
Step 3 Paint
Paint the doors by hand and experience a lot of drips and runs. You know the drill already if you’ve ever painted slats before. Paint one side, run to the other side, smooth out drips and runs, then go to the other side, repeat, repeat, repeat.
But! If you use my best friend the Homeright Finish Max, there won’t be any runs, drips or errors. For some reason I didn’t take any pictures along the way, but I did this the way I always paint my furniture projects. I used 2 light coats of DIY Chalky Paint as a primer. I used Polished Pear for that. Then for the top coat I used some exterior white paint I used to paint my porch posts. I did 2 light coats of the white paint.
I love the way the bi-fold door halves turned out. The finish is flawless, not a single drip or run. It turned hot, so I brought them indoors to finish them. After they cured for a couple of days, I added some double acting folding screen single hinges from my friends at D. Lawless Hardware.
These are the kind of hinges that will allow the shutters to swing both ways.
My hope was that they would be able to fold totally flat for storage. The way I attached the hinges, they didn’t quite do that. I think I need to adjust the hinges that are on the middle doors. But this was definitely the look I was going for—an accordion type of display. I’ve had the same painted brass fireplace screen since I painted my fireplace years ago, and I was ready for a change.
Remember I told you earlier that the doors didn’t match? If you notice, in the photo above, you will see that they are uniform across the top—but not across the bottom. The left and right panel match as do the two center panels. I thought doing them this way it would be less noticeable. Be honest, did you notice before I pointed it out?
I’m so ready for Fall!
Have you ever done a shutter project, or faked a shutter project with bi-fold doors? Did you get runs and drips on your slats? You won’t if you use a Finish Max from Homeright!
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I did notice, I must confess. I think the third from the left needs to be turned over, but the unifying spray of white paint doesn't make it that noticeable. I think I probably noticed because I have the same project to do, but mine will be hiding the litter boxes that need to be noticeable from the living room. We have the doors, so now I need to get my butt in gear to do this to them. One project at a time, I guess...
Oh, I forgot to say that we will probably stagger the height so we don't have to get them even. Trying to get them even would probably give us hernias!
hahaha I just looked over at the fireplace to see which one you're talking about, but not sure I still have them "right side up". I may have them turned differently now. heheheh
That's a great idea for the litter box!
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Sarah @ Backwoods Babies
This was for sure a big time smarty pants move. I'm in love.
Sarah @ Backwoods Babies
thanks for making me smile with that comment Sarah!
Those are cute! No I didn't even notice they were different until you pointed it out. You are a rock star carpenter..I read all the lango you write and you sound so professional..well cause you are lol
this is great!!! i am currently using my old bi-fold doors for a room separator. maybe when i don't need them for that, i can turn them into something else!
Really nice piece. Like how they are a back drop for decorating the hearth.
You do great work!
I have an L shaped fireplace all brick. Need an idea how to cover it but I don't think bi fold doors would work on it. Help!
I'm not familiar with that kind of fireplace, but would it work to use more panels?
Dumb me uses a fireplace screen!!!
This project turned out beautifully! I love the classic simplicity of the design, and NO, I didn't notice the disparity in the bottom stiles until you pointed it out...the way you planned out the symmetry works very well.
I have a stash of re-claimed shutters, and don't think I'll attempt to paint them until I have a sprayer. You convinced me!
Thanks for creating a great project, and for sharing the step-by-step with us...
You are wise to wait on a sprayer to paint your shutters. I have been on the receiving end of a lot of slatted doors that had been painted by hand, and there were many drips (all on one side).
Using the Finish Max is not only faster and easier, the end result is beautiful!