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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Firescreen Rehab

The firescreen of my dreams was a curved piece of brushed nickle romance from Restoration Hardware with the tools hanging directly from the frame instead of on a rickety cat target shoved off to the side. I loved it. Truly. But with a $400 price tag, I knew we were star-crossed.

A year or so later, Target came up with a black iron hinged version that I was really okay with. We dated for a while, and after a respectable courtship, the end of the season markdown to $45 convinced me it was meant to be.
Come home with me. *Bats her eyelashes and opens her wallet*
The years passed, and well...
What's that, you say? Time for a new one?
You're new around here, aren't you?
First, let's get that screen back in the frame.
My specialty tool of choice for this was a butter knife. Then I gave it a bead of Goop adhesive, which is completely clear.
Remove the knobs and set them aside.
Clean everything really well. 
We used one can of primer and two cans of Rustoleum High Heat in matte black for the screen.
Give it a good coat of primer, paying special attention to any rust spots.
Get the screen too, making sure you give it light but full coverage.
While this is drying...
...hit the fire tools. Again, give the rusty spots extra love.
 If any of you spray painters have not spent the $2.50 on one of these guns, do so. You will thank me. You can see how well loved mine is.
Now for the fun part: spray your firescreen with the matte black high heat paint, using light coats and letting it dry in between. 
Then go a little crazy on the tool set and use aqua to really make it coordinate with your room. Why shouldn't it?
Drag it inside and listen to your oldest son exclaim, "Whoa, Mom, that's COOL!"
Put your cute little wave knobs back on.
Out on a limb? Slightly daring?
Maybe so, but we're in love again. 



Vonda said...

I just love your spray paint projects! It looks brand new again!
I must complete mine which I bought the paint for in June!!

Unknown said...

Where did you get that spray paint gun? I've GOT to get one :)

Thanks for the tip!

Life in Rehab said...

Thank you, Vonda!

Sarah, almost anywhere that sells spray paint carries these guns, and they will save your fingers!

Unknown said...

Wow! That looks amazing! Great job (as usual)! :)

And thanks for the tip on the spray paint gun - I'm totally buying one next time I hit up Lowe's.


Amanda said...

Haha "You're new around here, aren't you?" Love it. Very good rehab! I really like the blue pokers! They may get a little sooty poking around but I think that will just make them look cooler. Also, I WANT that paint gun thingy.

Life in Rehab said...

Thank you, glad you like it! I'm going to give my fireplace tools a couple of coats of gloss sealer this weekend to help protect them; I just ran out of time last Sunday.

And yes, get the paint gun!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

That looks fantastic! I love the blue tools too! Thanks for the spray paint gun tip, I hadn't heard of them before and was getting serious "spray paint finger"!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

It looks wonderful. I love it and the tools really are cool. I do have to get me one of those guns. My poor finger would love it. YOur screen looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Lindy said...

The fire screen looks great. You whipped that thing into shape for sure! Got to remember to get myself one of those spray gun things, too.
Good ideas!

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

This is so great! It looks like your fireplace is similar to mine. We had a terrible screen up, and replaced it with a wood burning stove insert.

Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!!

Aimee @ Explore, Learn, Have Fun! said...

That looks fantastic!! Love the aqua tools!! I'm definitely getting one of those spray paint guns!! : )

Aimee @ Justkiddingaroundatlanta

Diane said...

Your screen turned out great. Looks brand new Ü

Anonymous said...

So fun! I love the way the screen turned out, and I love the blue fireplace accessories to make it all pop! Great job!

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

Oh SUnny, there was NOTHING wring with it before, why the makeover, he he, when I first saw the pics, I thought it was a halloween project, whew, the AFTER pics, are AMAZING, and I love the blue tools, so cute. That gun is to good, I've actually never even seen one before, so THANK you for sharing. I am getting me one, next time Im at the store for sure. I hate having spray paint thumb. he he...

Unknown said...

Swanky! LOL Wish I had a fireplace! :P

Amy Meyer said...

Super cute! Good job revamping it! It looks brand new!

Fowl Single File said...

I love the fun blue color you chose for the "utensils." I didn't know what else to call the poker thingy and the shovel and that other thingy.

Kathleen said...

What a great facelift! It looks great.
Glad to have found you on the Friday Follow.

Megan Gunyan said...

Nice! The color is making me smile. Why not re-do it? It deserves a 2nd chance. ;)-

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

Hi SUnny, thanks again for linking up, and just wanted to let you know I FEATURED you today. COme get yourself a button, and proudly display it, like you do girl. Love everything you've done, and you already know how much I enjoy your humor. Looking forward to seeing more of you, at my place,,, lol. Bella :)

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

It looks great! I love, love, love paint!

Unknown said...

ooo this is a good one! It looks great!