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Screen Revamp! Guest Project

04 May 2010

This is a clever party link that I thought you might appreciate.  It is from Alicia at Happy Ever Forever, I know I have seen these screens, and if you need to hide some stuff this is a great idea.  (or if you want to make a modern screen check out my tutorial here)

Saturday I started re-finishing this lovely divider I found at D.I. for $5!

I think about 20 million people had these at their weddings a couple of years ago, filled with little pictures of the bride and groom as kids, because I see them at D.I. all the time. Well obviously this one was a piece of junk. It had 11 missing glass/matt combinations, but I had a vision for it! I left with people starring at me, I swear thinking that girl is crazy to buy that... but just wait till you see what I did with it :)

First we took out the remaining glass/mat combo's. And then cleaned it up. We took it outside and re-spray painted it black to hide the nick's and dings. After it looked like this:

Ahhh already so much better! The next thing we did was cut a bunch of cardboard to fit the square holes. I just used one of the mat's as a stencil.

Then we kept on cutting. First was the batting cut a 1/2 inch smaller than the cardboard on all sides.

Then you are going to combine the cardboard with one pice of batting. I used tape to keep it down... I wanted to save my fingers as long as possible from the hot glue. Dun dun dun!

The next thing you will do is cut your fabric and hopefully you have a nice husband like me that will iron it ALL for you.

Then your going to cover your cardboard/batting combination with fabric. Just fold it over like a present and hot glue the sides down!

Then ( I have no picture of this, bad blogger, SORRY!) You are going to sow a button in the front/middle of the rectangle. It makes a nice little dip in the front... then Cover and glue down the back with more fabric, to hide the ugly cardboard :)

Stick the cardboard piece's in the divider. They fit right in so you don't need to glue them in or anything! And TA-DA you have a beautiful new divider!

Here's a close up!

I think it is a great idea for updating a 
room divider on the cheap.  
What do you all think?


De Javu Crafts May 4, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Great job, i love the fabric idea! So thrifty~
stop by some time, dejavucrafts.blogspot.com!

Heather Guymon May 4, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

Oh my gosh! Seriously my husband just rolls his eyes when I get inspired by your stuff! I loooooove this idea. You seriously rock!

Shabbyrosetreasure May 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM  

Oh so very cooool! Love it! Where can I find a screen... I just would have painted it white but the b/w is a nice contrast! Excellent job. Please stop by and say hi, I too love to make things over.

* Nancy * May 4, 2010 at 7:52 PM  

So glad you had the vision because I'm certainly not good at that. The end result looks amazing! :)

GrannySue May 4, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

I think that is the most remarkable thing! I've been wanting a screen to use in my bedroom and now I have an idea. Of course I'm not sure I'm that crafty. Thanks for the inspirational post.

Design Apprentice May 5, 2010 at 12:00 AM  

You absolutely nailed it. That is the mother of all room dividers! Wow it is perfect, I love the print, I love the color, and I love the concept. If this was dancing with the starts I'd give you a 10 and your hubs a 10 for being an outstanding partner. Thanks for sharing your lovely decor. :)

VENICE. May 5, 2010 at 12:57 AM  


Uniquely Monogrammed June 22, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

can you please tell me what DI is. i see that people buy all these great things to refinish at DI. Is that an abreviation for a store or is that just a store that i have never heard of?

Remodelaholic June 22, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

Hey there Uniquely Monogrammed,

DI is short for Deseret Industries. It is a Good Will/ Salvation Army second hand type store located in some mid-western states.

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