Whether you are decorating for a patriotic holiday or just want to show off your American pride all year long, this gorgeous Americana Tin Stars Fireplace Screen project is sure to delight! This design mimics one seen at a trendy home boutique, at a far less price.
For this project, you will need:
– 1/2 inch plywood
– Wood marking pencil
– Electric saw
– Hinge hardware
– Small drill
– Medium Grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Banner Red
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in True Blue
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Gloss White
– Clean tin cans
– Tin snips
– Work gloves
– Small hammer
– Fine tipped permanent marker
– Star shaped stencil
– Hot glue gun and glue sticks
– Newspaper or large tack cloth
Cover your work area with a few sheets of old newspaper or a large drop cloth prior to starting. Place a sheet of 1/2 inch thick plywood flat on your work area. Use a ruler and wood marking pencil to mark a section that is the dimension you wish your finished screen to be. Carefully use an electric saw to cut the wood out. Measure and mark the wood into four equal vertical sections. Cut out these sections.
Gently sand the outside of the wood with medium grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or other soft cloth to wipe away any excess dust on the wood. Spray both sides of each of the wood pieces with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. (This may require flipping the pieces after the topside has dried.) Let the primed wood dry for four to five hours before proceeding.
Paint two of the wood sections with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Banner Red. Paint the remaining two wood sections with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Gloss White. Allow the wood to dry for five to six hours before applying second coats of paint. Let the wood dry overnight. Attach the wood pieces with hinge hardware and a small drill.
While wearing work gloves for protection, use the tin snips to cut up the seam of a few tin cans that have both ends removed. Gently flatten the tin into solid sheets with a small hammer. Mark a star shape from a stencil with a fine tipped marker onto the tin. Use tin snips to cut out the tin shapes.
Sand the edges of the tin with medium grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust with a tack cloth or other soft cloth. Prime each of the star shapes and let the primer dry for several hours. Paint half the stars with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in True Blue and half with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Gloss White. Allow the painted stars to dry for several hours before adding a second coat of paint. Dry overnight. Adhere the stars to the screen with a few dabs of hot glue. Let the glue dry completely before using the screen.
NOTE: Never place a wood fire screen in front of a fireplace that is in use. The screen is just for decoration only when the fireplace is not in use.