DIY Project: Fireplace Screen Made From an Old Window

If you’re wanting to update your fireplace but unsure how, this DIY fireplace screen is a great option. With the help of an old window, your fireplace will be looking new and improved. It’s also perfect as we head into spring, keeping the hearth fresh while it’s not being used!

This project will work with a variety of design styles, whether you want a more rustic or modern look. 

Materials Needed:

  • Old window frame 
  • Sand paper
  • Spray paint
  • Eye protection
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Empty box
  • Hammer

Removing Old Glass:

  • To remove old glass from the frame, there are a few safety precautions to be aware of. Always wear protective eyewear, as it’s very possible for small pieces of glass to fly. It typically will fall to the floor, but it’s always better to be prepared.
  • Wearing leather gloves is also a necessity to prevent the glass from cutting your hands.
  • Lay the window on a concrete surface. Hit the glass gently with a hammer in each corner. After several hits, the glass should fall out easily.
  • To remove smaller pieces, use a pair of pliers.


  • Find an old window frame that roughly fits the size of your fireplace. These can be easily found at thrift shops and flea markets for a cheap price.

  • For a more polished look, sand the wood frame of the window to remove any rough edges. This will also help strip old paint to prepare for a new coat.

  • Since there’s no glass in between each windowpane, painting the window is a simple process.  

  • Let the window dry and the project is complete! Lean the screen against the fireplace. 

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