Happpppy Monday my friends! I’m so excited for today’s post because I’m sharing an easy and quick DIY project that has literally changed my life. Ok, that might be a tad bit dramatic, but I can say this project has solved a pesky problem that’s been bugging me for months. Have you guys ever noticed how ugly fireplace openings are when they aren’t being used? We have two and they are both dirty, discolored and just plain gross. And while there are lots of different screens you can buy to cover them, I’ve never found one I actually liked. So what’s a girl to do but DIY one herself, right?! Right. So that’s what I’m sharing today–an quick and easy DIY fireplace cover. Let’s just jump right into it. Here’s how the fireplace looked before in all its glory:
Not so pretty, right? Nope. Not at all. It actually drove me crazy. Here’s what I came up with:
Little better, right? Let me show you how simple this was to put together. All I used was an adjustable tension rod, drapery clips, and this blue ticking fabric from my local quilt store. I wanted to do two separate curtains, so I bought a yard and a half of fabric and cut it in half to make two curtains.
The adjustable tension rod worked perfectly for this project. This one comes in four different sizes so it was easy to find one that worked for this opening. I adjusedt it to the size I wanted then squeezed it into place, making sure it was nice and tight. To hang the curtains I simply folded over the top of the fabric and then pleated it together in these little bundles to give it more of a finished looked. Clip it into place and done. Easy peasy!
That’s it! An easy and quick fix to cover that ugly fireplace opening that’s been driving me batty for months. Life changing stuff, folks. This literally took 15 minutes to put up, but gosh it makes such a big difference. And the best part is that when we’re ready to use the fireplace again during the colder months I can simply take it down. I love projects like this–a simple DIY that solved a problem and looks pretty good too. That’s a win-win! I plan to do one for our fireplace in the living room too. I’m thinking a drop cloth or some kind of grain sack fabric would work perfectly in there.
Thanks so much for dropping by the blog today. Let me know if you have any questions, I always love to chat!
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