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A House Divided...But in a good way: Screen Building Tutorial

01 February 2010

I am very excited to show you the project we have been working on.

First, let me give you some background.  I used to work at Icon Health and fitness while attending college.  No that doesn't mean I worked out a lot, I worked in the legal department and the treat drawer was huge... I gained weight while working there...  Along with the extra ten pounds, I did get a smokin' deal on a huge elliptical, and later a recumbent bike.  Just recently my neighbor sold us their old treadmill...  So, while I am thankful to have my own personal gym, it is not all that pretty in my family room.  But how to hide it?

Enter google search. 

I love you google search! 
Anyway.  I found this screen online and thought "$519.00 dollars" gulp...  But, it is funky, and oh so fun. You know what?  I could make it.  SOLD!

And guess what, now you too can make this! Original on left, ours on the right.

 Just keep that in mind, that you will be blown away when you can see how we did it for $30 to $50, depending on the size you want.

1 to 2 sheets 1/2" x 4' x 8' mdf, cut to size at the store, see specification sheet for dimensions, (Home Depot makes cuts FYI) Approx $20.00 a piece
6 hinges, very small 2 screw hinge. These come in sets of two for Approx $2-3.00
Wood patch compound (optional, for oops!)

Straight edge, or long ruler (for drawing on template)
Measuring tape (for drawing on template)
Pencil (for drawing on template)
Jig saw (to cut out shapes) - not included in cost, but they are only about $30.00, for a simple saw, FYI
1-2 sheets, 150 grit sand paper (for sanding raw cut edges)
A round object (for sanding curves, see instruction sheet)
Sanding block (or small piece of wood with sanding paper wrapping it)
(If you do not have these tools check bottom of post for another option to build the screen)

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For those of you who don't have the tools to make this project try this. Get the boards cut at the lumber store to the right width, I would recommend the 4' wide option so you don't waste as much since you probably won't be building a second thing out of the waste. Sand all the flat edges. Paint both sides one solid color. Trace the pattern lightly and carefully on the screen, and paint the cut-out pattern on to the screen. Or if you know a person who cuts vinyl you can have the relief shape cut from vinyl and attach it on there.


artisticblend February 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

WOW! You did an AWESOME job on that screen. :) I love the red too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Michelle February 1, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

Wow, that is great and to be honest, I like yours better! Plus it would be easy to make it go with any decor! Great idea!

alissa February 1, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

Beautiful screen! Thanks for posting the tutorial - I'd love to try it sometime!

Heidi February 1, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

You always come up with the perfect solution to a problem, and always very clever and thrifty, too. The screen is a great addition to the room. Nice job!
I'd love it if you'd stop by sometime.
Heidi - Heart and Home

Thelittlebrownhouse.us February 1, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

What a great idea! I have just finished redoing our family room and am having a friend of mine build a screen for me for the same purpose! Hiding that treadmill that I don't really use but would use even less if it wasn't in the room! Love what you did!

thediaperdiaries February 1, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

Wow, really impressive. Thanks for linking up to Things I Love Thursday. If you wouldn't mind a link back to the carnival that would be great.

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package February 2, 2010 at 6:47 AM  

That's awesome! I would love it if you would link up to my blog for my Tuesday's Tips!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood February 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

Wow, that's no screen! That's one heck of an eye popping piece of art! So fun and functional!
Cindy at Lakewood

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com February 2, 2010 at 5:16 PM  

I like it- it's modern and fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and adding this to the page! Don’t forget to stop back next week to see which links from this week are featured, and to add your new links!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses February 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

I have to admit, whenever I see knock offs make their way 'round the internet I tend to roll my eyes. But this looks JUST like the real deal! And for over $400 less?! Wow!


Marianne@Songbird February 3, 2010 at 12:17 AM  

Wonderful knock of! I just love screens they hide a multitude of sins, or in your case good intentions.

LauraBeth February 4, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

What a great solution! Love the mod style and your take-charge attitude to tackling a problem! Way to go!

fawnda February 4, 2010 at 1:06 PM  

AMAZING! Truely amazing! THis is so awesome... I think that I need to move to a house I can use it in! : )

Olivia February 4, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

That's great! Good job! I love the color and how it adds to your room!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

Still loving this red divider So very creative! Thanks for sharing today. Thank you also for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Lori February 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Totally cool!!!!

Thanks for joining "Get you Craft on Thurs."... I hope you join me next week!


Raj February 4, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

That's just plain fabulous. I mean really~ I love it when we see something we like and think, I could so make that..... and then we DO! Very inspiring.


Elizabeth February 5, 2010 at 6:47 AM  

WOW! I can see how it wouldn't be too difficult for someone with the tools who knows how to use them.

The one and only lady February 5, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

It looks great! My favorite additions to any room...the kind you can do yourself!!!

Miri February 5, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

That really looks good...like a piece of sculpture! Can't believe its DIY!

Kitchen Stewardship February 5, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

That makes me wish I (or hubs) was handy. It's fabulous that you share your specs with others for free.

Thank you for linking up with Finer Things Friday! :) Katie

Michelle Rayburn February 6, 2010 at 12:27 AM  

SO creative! You have an eye for design.
Thanks for linking up!


Prior February 6, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

Way cool! I'm not much of a builder, but husbands and sons are, so I will show them. Lezlee

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home February 7, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

That is so great that you were able to make it yourself! It looks just like the original!!

neither one February 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

I've alwasys wanted a 'screen' in the family room and your directions gave me hope.. great job!

Ben and Jackie March 22, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

I love the look of it. It turned out awesome! Plus, it didn't cost a ton either. Nice!

A Busy Nest March 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

This is just what I have been looking for. All the room dividers I have found have not been that great looking/very expensive. THANK YOU!

Beads In The Belfry July 24, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

OMG. Your projects are taking my breath away! We have a screen divider that hides our stationary bike but I was just thinking yesterday that I'd love one that better matches our decor.

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