Friday, May 13, 2011

Fireplace Screen Turned Headboard!

My guest room/playroom has been headboard free for a while.  I purchased a piece of plywood months ago and have been too scared to attempt the tufted headboard of my dreams!  So when I passed this nasty gold fireplace screen the other day at Goodwill a light bulb went off!  Until I get over my fear of tufting this would be a great space filler!  Just like my secretary desk from the first round of American Crafter, this screen was also tagged with the Goodwill color of the week!  50% off?  Don't mind if I do!  So it came to a whopping $3.00!  Not bad for a headboard, right!


So after I politely asked the little spider family living in the many webs on this treasure...
applied some spray paint...
and some chevron fabric...
a little mod podge and hot glue
I had this!


Here's how I got to my final product if you want to attempt it yourself. 

Step 1:  Clean screen and rough it up with some steel wool then apply a spray paint primer.

Step 2:  Spray paint the screen in your color of choice.  I picked hot pink since it's in the playroom I thought I could go a little wild!  I used Rustoleum Berry Pink in Gloss
Step 3.  Trace around each section like this on the back of your fabric.  I got my fabric from the fabulous U-Fab here in Richmond.  It was $9.99 a yard and you need one yard:

Step 4:  Cut out traced sections but do not cut on the traced line.  Leave a little room for the fabric to tuck under the metal frame of each section.

Step 5:  I used mod podge on the back of the fabric to secure it to the screen tucking it under the metal surround for a clean look with no fabric edges showing.

Step 6:  To make sure it was super secure I put some hot glue on the back.

Step 7:  Spray your hardware

Step 8:  Beg your husband to help you  hang it!  Then thank him profusely saying how you couldn't do this without him etc etc so he will help you with you next project ;)

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  1. Looks awesome! Such a great idea. I am heading to vote now.

  2. Very cool! I am in the process of turning an old wooded door into a headboard for our master bedroom! I love your blog! You have such great Ideas!


  3. Oh my goodness! This is awesome! I just attempted a headboard...with plywood and didn't turn out perfectly but it will do. I wish I would have seen this first! I love it. I'll have to put a fireplace screen on my yardsale look for list! :) You've got my vote!

  4. Wow, you are so creative! That is totally fabulous and you're freaking awesome! great job :)

  5. Super cute! Thats a first to see something made from a fire the creativity!

  6. How crazy cute... and how in the world did you think of this????

  7. What a great use for an old fireplace screen! You turned it into something useful and fun.

    I'm also a Virginia blogger and enjoy reading about your finds! My friends and I may have to take a road trip this summer to visit U-Fab.

    Good luck in the craft competition. I'm heading over now to vote for you.

  8. What a fun project!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  9. Looks like you struck gold once again! Love the color combination!! Such a unique idea. :) I have this one scheduled to be Featured in just a few minutes.

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party (and for linking back--I appreciate that). :) Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon! :)

  10. More chevron...I love it!!! And what a great way to use something old and ugly and make it beautiful again! I've been looking for a way to make a new headboard and I just may have to borrow this looks great!

  11. that is such a fun and unique idea! it looks great, erin!

  12. What a fantastic idea. It looks great. You did a good job.

  13. Great job re-purposing the fireplace screen, love the color combo and chevron pattern!
    Visiting from DIY Showoff

  14. Unbelieveable!! I would never have thought of that! Love it!!

  15. This looks fantastic! I love the colors and fabric - super cute. Using the fireplace screen is so clever. Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn

  16. Holy cow, how did I miss this. This is the cutest idea ever.

  17. This was SOOOO awesome! I totally voted for you! :) Cursed spiders...why do they think they own EVERYTHING!?! Your blog is so fun! I'm your newest follower!

  18. Wow, what a neat idea! So unique!

  19. I love this! What a great idea, and SO creative. I am following you now, would love a follow back!

  20. Wow! One of the coolest, most original ideas I've seen around the crafty blog world in a long time! Thanks for sharing, this is awesome!

  21. Your headboard is the sweetest!!! What a great idea. Love the fabric in the panels!