Thursday, October 11, 2012

Handmade Fireplace Cover - DIY Faux Gate

Yesterday when I shared my Fall Mantel I told you that I would tell you how my husband made us our new fireplace cover.


Here we go....

This was my inspiration picture from aka design.
I instantly fell in love with this faux distressed gate on their mantle. They have wonderful projects on their blog. They handmade this piece with srap wood and they even made the mantel that it is sitting on.

I knew immediately I wanted this piece for my living room however I wanted it to be a fireplace cover versus something that would sit on my mantel.
I showed this to my husband and off we went to Home Depot. We didn't have any scrap wood hanging around so here are the supplies we used.
Fence Slats in size 5/8"x5-1/2"x6' Fir Gold Stain (7 boards)
Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
Decorative black handle and hinges
Tools  and Supplies used (not pictured)
Compound Miter Saw
220 grit sand paper
Wood Screws
Drill and drill bits
First he cut 5 pieces of the wood at 32 inces. (main body of the gate)
Then he cut 2 boards at 38 1/4 inces.(cross pieces)
For the feet, he cut the 2 pieces at 6 inches by 5 1/4 inches. (from the leftover boards)
Secure 4 boards to 2 cross pieces with wood screws from behind that are not too long so that you don't go through the front of the project.
Take the remaining 32 inch board and screw it on to the bottom back side. Attach feet to this board with more wood screws going through the bottom of the feet.

Then sand with 220 grit sandpaper to bring out the woodgrain and remove the fuzzy texture of this wood. Apply two coats of stain with a rag. Use the wipe on/wipe off technique.  Let dry between coats.
Final step is to attach the hardware.

Here is a before picture without a cover.

Picture with new cover.

Here is a closeup of the feet.

It gets even better when you add decorations!

I love this in front of my fireplace!!
To see how I made the altered canvas pumpkins, please see my post here.
 I can't wait to decorate it throughout the season with a banner or wreath, etc.
 Thank you to aka designs (Shannon and Dean) for giving me the inspiration to make this wonderful project.
 Linking up to the following blog parties:
Embracing Change - Creative Inspirations Link Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Live Laugh Rowe
Lil Luna Link party
The Crafty Blog Stalker
Bloom Designs Online link party
Two Yellow Birds Decor Thursdays Temptation
From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday
Delightful Order - Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party
 Katies Nesting Spot - A Crafty Soiree
 Hubby Made Me Throwback Thursday
Happy Hour Projects - happy hour Friday
 Primp Junktion - Primp-your-stuff-wednesday-linky-party
Twenty-eight-0-five Potpourri Friday
The Frugal Girls Chic-and-Crafty-Party
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating flaunt-it-friday
Serenity Now Blog
aka design fall link party


  1. That is a really cute idea!! I love that you made it yourself

  2. Love this! It looks amazing! I'm kind of obsessed with the barn door look at the moment. Your blog is super adorable! So happy to be following! Thanks for linking up to the CHQ blog hop! Hope to see you back next week!

    PS - I host a link party on Friday mornings. Runs through the weekend! =)

  3. I so need that! Thanks for the inspiration from your neighbor at Treasure Hunt Thursday!

  4. Oh my gosh! I've been picturing something like this to put on my mantel! I've been trying to explain to hubby what I want {sending him to Home Depot today} and now I have a visual to show him. I wanted to stain mine too but I'm scared and might just leave it naked :) I'm so glad you came by for a visit so I could find you, you have a super cute blog! And I'm following along now too :)

  5. Love the look of that rough gate against the classic mantel. The decorations are perfect.

  6. Oh wow!! I love this! I have been trying to figure out what to put in front of our office fireplace, which is never used, and this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing! I'd like to pin this for the very near future.
    Saw you partying at Live Laugh {Linky}
    Debbie :)

  7. That turned out perfect...I love the dark stain you guys chose ! yay for hubbies that listen to us crazy blogger ladies ! thank you for coming, hope to talk to you again soon...xo

  8. It looks fabulous! I can't believe they still sell those cabinet pulls. We have the same ones on the cabinets of our 60 year old kitchen. They look great on your project, not so much in my kitchen!

    Visiting from Craftberry Bush!

  9. Hi,

    New follower from the blog hop please come follow me back :)

  10. Your fireplace looks almost identical to mine, and I love this idea for covering it! We never use our fireplace, so this would be a perfect way to cover it! I might borrow this idea someday. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Shelly I am in LOVE with your fireplace cover! We made shutters for our foyer window very similar to this but I never thought to make a fireplace screen too. Thanx so much for sharing at THT!

  12. Shelly I just read you are in Tx too! What part? We are in NE Houston.

  13. Your fireplace looks fabulous! Your newest follower from Treasure Hunt Thursday. :)

  14. This is awesome! I was looking for a fireplace cover to keep the draft out of the living room. I used your design plus added a 1.5 inch thick piece of insulation board to the back. This cover works perfect.

  15. Shelly, I'm not sure if you can see new comments on a older blog post, but I'm crossing my fingers. Is there any way you could possibly send me a picture of the SIDE of the fireplace cover? Is it flush against the tile/fireplace insert? I'm having a little difficulty getting specs made for my "handyman"(who is my sweet 76 yr old dad!)because my fireplace has a metal "hood" piece that juts out over the log area about 3". I have to incorporate that into the design, because I can't remove that and I don't know how the cover will look sitting 3" away from the wall. If you can, please email me at Thank you so much!


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