Over the weekend I was cleaning and repainting the brick around the fireplace. You know how it is when fire season is over and there is always that black soot. After I had accomplished this I thought about what I should do to hide the ugly black hole--since the fireplace screen is now packed away until the fall. I could put something inside the fireplace but it still wouldn't hide the fact that it is an unattractive feature. I decided that I needed it covered entirely.
Here it is before. I know, nothing is really wrong with it open this way. Throw in some pretty birch logs and there ya go. I just wanted to try something else.
My handy husband had some scrap wood and I threw out some ideas. I initially wanted a piece of mirror inset and the trim to form stripes over the mirror. I thought it would be fun and add a bit of sparkle. In the end we just kept it simple and clean.
It's so much nicer now! I can use this space as more of a backdrop now that the fireplace is not in use.
It was a productive weekend for us!