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DIY Room Divider Upgrade

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DIY Room Divider Hides the Ugly Stuff

The downstairs needs a screen to hide the stack of projects waiting to be done, its such a mess.  It took convincing but Hubs tagged along to some garage sales.    We found a very dirty and smoke covered room divider.  A privacy screen was on my hope to find list and the $10 was much less than the cost of making one from lumber.
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The Before

Room dividers, Room screens, diy room divider, cheap room divider, room divider ideas, room dividers diy, screen room dividersThe divider was still solid but very dirty, the hinges and outside frame were fine.

First thing was to remove the dirty covering.  It was really fibrous stuff that had been glued on to the entire back of the screen panels. The fabric came off in bits.  Once that was removed the whole divider was sanded to remove the last of the fibers and the glue residue.  Finally the divider was then washed off really well in preparation for painting.

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Refinishing the Room Divider

This DIY room divider is for my craft room, so I chose pink for the casing, and white for the cross pieces. Paint the divider frame with three three coats of chalk paint. Make sure that each coat of paint is dry before adding the next.  This room divider was espresso and then painted white, depending on the colours you choose, yours may be fine with two coats.

Alternatively you could refinish the divider with spray paint.  Unfortunately for me its very cold and I had to paint indoors.  Painting the three coats with a brush took a day allowing for plenty of time for drying between coats.

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Creating the Panels

As my blog is named Of Faeries and Fauna and the screen is in my office, I  added two fairies and sunflowers to add whims and fun. This idea works very well for a craft room or a little girls room.  You can use the same method with any pattern or figure that you like. Comic book characters, Disney princesses, art from colouring books. children’s favorite animals.  Funny sayings like move at your own risk, junk this way, shhh genius at work would also work..

 

Room dividers, Room screens, diy room divider, cheap room divider, room divider ideas, room dividers diy, screen room dividersThe figures are not drawn,   I took pictures to Staples and had them enlarged to size.  Then using rolls of craft paper  I traced the outline lightly.

Tracing the outline gives you the proportions you need and takes away the need to be an artist.  Doing it this way provides the outside proportions and all you need to do is colour in the sections and contours.  These ones were done with water colour crayons, but pencil crayons work the same.

Once drawn attach the paper to the room divider using double sided tape around the outside edges and some of the cross pieces.

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Close up of Left Screen Panel
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Closeup of Right Screen Panel
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Dual Purpose DIY Room Divider

Although I love the artwork side I thought the divider could serve a second purpose as a photo backdrop.

We took three small lightweight curtain rods and installed them on the top of the divider. I then made some very light curtains out of Ikea lace panels.  The rods and panels need to be light so that the room divider isn’t too top heavy.  The white lace works well for some of my photographs but I am hopeful I can  pin other backdrops to it.

Please comment below and let you know your thoughts.  What other ideas you could come up with panels?  I would love to hear from you.

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24 thoughts on “DIY Room Divider Upgrade

    1. Thank you Debra. The drawn panels can be made into anything you like , but of course the fairies really suited my craft room.

  1. Very clever using the divider for both it’s intended purpose and as a photo backdrop! Love how you incorporated faeries into your screen and how the look of your office/craft room echoes your blog. It must be a very inspiring space to work in.

    1. Hi Marie: It is starting to come together. I just need to figure out the lighting and of course its Finally beginning to warm up so I can wait on buying a heater. I am really looking forward to have the messes all contained, or at least that is the hope.

    1. Hi Cristina. Its always good to have a big stash and even better to have somewhere to Hide it lol. Thank you for the comment.

    1. Hi Sam. Thank you for comment. I knew I wanted a room divider to tidy up my crafting area, but they drawing idea just sort of happened when I was thinking of the least expensive materials I could use to encase it. I am excited about how it turned out. Have a great week.

    1. Your comment made my week Michelle. I am really excited about how the room divider turned out. My favorite flowers are peonies, sunflowers and pansies. Hopefully over the summer I manage to make something with each.

      Again I really appreciate your comment, it put me on clouds.

  2. You did a fantastic job Leanna, wow, it looks amazing, you are such a talented artist! What a great find and so useful to hide stuff behind it!

    1. Hi Katrin: It is going to be really handy for hiding things behind. Its a great way to handle clutter that you can’t avoid. Thank you for commenting.

  3. This turned out beautiful! I love how you drew the artwork and how perfectly is matches your blog’s theme. The colors are stunning too! Great work and what a bargain as well.

    1. Hi Carolann. Thank you, the blog theme was my inspiration. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and provide feedback. It took awhile to draw out but it wasn’t hard to do.

    1. Hi Cassie: To me it takes real artwork and turns it into a craft project that I am able to do. Thank you very much for the positive feedback.

    1. Hi Kathleen. A room divider takes up lots of room but it certainly adds decor or in this case purpose.

      Thank you for commenting.

  4. I have always wanted a room divider! So cool that you found one at a yard sale. I do love a bargain. I think it is perfect.
    🙂 gwingal

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