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!