Easy DIY Fireplace Cover

Happpppy Monday my friends! I’m so excited for today’s post because I’m sharing an easy and quick DIY project that has literally changed my life. Ok, that might be a tad bit dramatic, but I can say this project has solved a pesky problem that’s been bugging me for months. Have you guys ever noticed how ugly fireplace openings are when they aren’t being used? We have two and they are both dirty, discolored and just plain gross. And while there are lots of different screens you can buy to cover them, I’ve never found one I actually liked. So what’s a girl to do but DIY one herself, right?! Right. So that’s what I’m sharing today–an quick and easy DIY fireplace cover. Let’s just jump right into it. Here’s how the fireplace looked before in all its glory:

DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.

Not so pretty, right? Nope. Not at all. It actually drove me crazy. Here’s what I came up with:

DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.

DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.

Little better, right? Let me show you how simple this was to put together. All I used was an adjustable tension rod, drapery clips, and this blue ticking fabric from my local quilt store. I wanted to do two separate curtains, so I bought a yard and a half of fabric and cut it in half to make two curtains.

DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.

The adjustable tension rod worked perfectly for this project. This one comes in four different sizes so it was easy to find one that worked for this opening. I adjusedt it to the size I wanted then squeezed it into place, making sure it was nice and tight. To hang the curtains I simply folded over the top of the fabric and then pleated it together in these little bundles to give it more of a finished looked. Clip it into place and done. Easy peasy!

DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening. DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.
DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.

DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening. DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.

DIY Fireplace Curtain. Creative and simple way to cover a fireplace opening.

That’s it! An easy and quick fix to cover that ugly fireplace opening that’s been driving me batty for months. Life changing stuff, folks. This literally took 15 minutes to put up, but gosh it makes such a big difference. And the best part is that when we’re ready to use the fireplace again during the colder months I can simply take it down. I love projects like this–a simple DIY that solved a problem and looks pretty good too. That’s a win-win! I plan to do one for our fireplace in the living room too. I’m thinking a drop cloth or some kind of grain sack fabric would work perfectly in there.

Thanks so much for dropping by the blog today. Let me know if you have any questions, I always love to chat!

Other easy peasy DIY projects to check out:

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  1. 7.17.17

    Love it Sarah! I did this under our bathroom sink and used 2 large gray stripped kitchen towells.

    • 7.17.17
      In said:

      Cool! I like to do this too for my bathroom sink.

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Oh that’s a great idea Sally!

  2. 7.17.17
    Nikki said:

    What a great idea! A simple project that made a big difference ????

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Nikki! 🙂

  3. 7.17.17
    Sharon Mohon said:

    I love it….a great idea for under the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and fireplace….your ideas are wonderful!

    I hope your darling little baby girl is being a good baby….such a sweet little one!

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Sharon, this was such a fun and easy project. And yes, little Ava Pearl is doing great!

  4. 7.17.17
    Patty From Colorado said:

    Sarah, this is ‘GENIUS’! I have done this type of thing in our laundry room under our sink, but to cover a fireplace black hole, now that is truly thinking outside the box! KUDOS on a ‘unique’ job done well ❤️ It looks perfect! Blessings, Patty

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much Patty!

  5. 7.17.17
    Sharon said:

    I agree with Patty. I’ve done the same thing in my laundry room and yet have struggled with what to do with my fireplace never thinking to do this. I sit and look at my fireplace opening night after night wondering what to do with it. Now I want to run and get fabric right now but have to go to work instead. Thank you for the great idea that I will be doing on my day off.

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      haha I am right there with you Sharon! It was definitely a light bulb kind of moment when I realized a curtain would be a simple and easy fix for this ugly fireplace I’ve hated for two years now!

  6. 7.17.17
    Jana said:

    Beautiful, Sarah! What a tremendous idea. Stop working and snuggle with those babies!!!

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Definitely, I’m getting lots of snuggle time in!

  7. 7.17.17
    Faith said:

    Cute solution! Love the ticking fabric too…so farmhouse! I know they make a high heat resistant spray paint too, for BBQ etc…might have been able to spray the fireproof brick look panels too….your fireplace is so fun, the different ways to decorate it. I no longer have one, and miss it so much….thought of mounting a long floating shelf aka mantel below the hubsters TV….sometimes I really don’t like TVs, don’t watch it much….any solutions that would easily hide it…maybe a curtain over it would enhance it! Lol! Suggestions welcome!

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      I thought about trying that spray paint actually, but I didn’t want to deal with all the fumes and mess of doing spray paint in the house. Maybe one day, this fix was just so much easier! Love your idea to mount a mantel below your TV, I bet that would look awesome!

  8. 7.17.17

    looks so pretty! i am going to do a little curtain to hide away dvds on my tv cabinet. I saw it in a country sampler magazine and now yours just sealed the deal. love it.

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      That’s a fabulous idea Kim!

  9. 7.17.17
    Brenda said:

    So cute! How I love blue and white ticking, it looks so fresh! A few pillows out this fabric in the room would look awesome too.

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Ohhh that is a great idea! Might need to try some DIY pillows soon!

  10. 7.17.17
    Pam said:

    Oh I LOVE this cute and easy DIY!!! Adorable….

  11. 7.17.17
    Susan Hoglund said:

    I love this idea! A project for me to do on Thursday! I need to go get all the materials to do it first! Hope your baby girl is letting get some sleep!

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Give it a try Susan, it was so easy! 🙂

  12. 7.17.17
    Sherrie Goolsby said:

    What a cute idea, I’m going to try this on our fireplace!☺

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Definitely give it a go Sherrie!

  13. 7.17.17
    Marilyn S. said:

    What a great and simple idea -I have never seen this done ….and I look at ALOT of Pintrest and decor magazines. That’s what I love about your blog it’s always new and fresh…..( like that sweet little baby girl).

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Aw thanks Marilyn, I really appreciate that! xoxo

  14. 7.18.17
    Helen said:

    Very clever! And so quick too x

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Helen!

  15. 7.18.17
    Linda McD said:

    Great idea to extend into the living room! We decided to leave the door off of an old pantry in the kitchen so making a similar curtain now out of fabric that has vintage kitchen appliances on it to cover our unsightly trash cans. I was just thinking the other day about what to do for the fireplace “pit.” I also saw some of the ticking fabric @ Hobby Lobby and found the black suspension rod/rings @ Big Lots.
    And BTW, congratulations on the birth of your little girl–your projects will only grow in number ????

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      That’s a great idea Linda! Perfect for covering the trash cans and so easy!

  16. 7.18.17
    Chels said:

    I just think this is adorable! Reminds me of the that space under the kitchen sink in older kitchens which just always so seemed so homey and cozy!

    • 7.18.17
      Sarah said:

      Exactly! I’ve always wanted to have a curtain like that under our sink. Such a homey look!

  17. 7.18.17
    Doreen said:

    Sarah, that looks wonderful. It’s as simple as the drop cloth curtains which I absolutely love in my house too. ????

  18. 7.19.17
    Teresa said:

    Aww that’s so nice , that’s one thing I miss about over here , we don’t have fire places which I just happen to love

  19. 10.17.17
    May Bingham said:

    My fireplace looks and has looked bad for years now and I love ticking.
    Going to shop for a little black tension rod ASAP and make a fireplace cover this week.
    Did you you use any of the ticking somewhere else in the room? Like in pillow covers?
    Thanks so much,