Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rustic AF Fireplace Cover

Our fireplace has had a giant piece of cardboard over it the last few months. It's not very decorative as you can imagine but it was very necessary to allow me to sleep at night.

Why? Well, because one day, a month or so ago, it was raining cats and dogs and hamsters and parakeets outside and B and I were inside reading peacefully. I heard a noise coming from the chimney so I looked up from my book. B looked up too...and then Pumpkin started strolling towards the chimney when.....


It's wings went, "WOOSH. WOOSH. WOOSH." when it was that big.

Now, I like to think of myself as kind of a tough girl but this was not one of my finer moments. I basically took one look at that bat and said, "Nope," and left B to deal with it on his own as I made myself into the smallest ball possible and put a blanket over my head.

B opened the windows and tried to shoo it out, first with my skirt and then with a laundry basket. Finally it left.

Don't talk to me about rabies. No one touched the bat. The bat touched no one. It wasn't bleeding. It didn't get any bat juice into any open wounds. All of our pets have maybe the laundry basket has rabies but except for a slight foaming in one of the corners it seems fine.

So yeah, I put a giant piece of cardboard over the fireplace and left it like that and I am not ashamed. However, it didn't go with the cottage feel that I am trying to achieve so I started shopping around for something else. Our fireplace is very large so a lot of the grates and screens that would cover it were over $200. I started to look for alternatives online....old shutters, old windows and other things like that popped up from time to time. My friend Erin and I went to a store and I almost bought a huge metal thingy for it but I am glad I didn't buy it because the next day I had a flash of inspiration.

Do you ever have an idea so great that you can't even handle yourself until you make it happen? This was one of those ideas for me. I was looking outside during lunch and saw this:

This lovely piece of architecture is poor Zoe's* old pen. It has seen better days. I saw it and grabbed my measuring tape and ran outside because:

Ta da! Rustic gate to fireplace screen! $0. Totally batproof! Isn't it lovely? It's got the perfect old wood patina and little rusty bits and it was the perfect size! It looked so good that I made a new wreath. I loooooove it. 

Here are your DIY instructions.
1. Build a dog pen....but not very well.
2. Leave it for about 4 years.
3. Harvest the gate. Don't get tetanus. 

While I was running around the yard with a tape measure I found another gorgeous piece of wood for a project I am doing for the laundry room. You're gonna love it. I've got kind of a rustic wood farm happening out there.

*Zoe, you might recall, is our neighborhood Ambassethound.

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