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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I am thrilled with how it turned out. Its pretty and whimsical, its related to the blog and much nicer than a pile of projects sitting in the corner of my craft room.
Close up of Left Screen Panel
Closeup of Right Screen Panel
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.