Folding Screen Room Divider Makeover

There I was minding my own business and up pops this folding screen into my view. While my norm is to keep on scrolling because I have enough on my plate, I just couldn’t do it…this time.Vintage Room folding Scree Room Divider Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Why on earth would I be interested in this folding screen, you ask? Well, me and my crazy self has always loved the drama they add to a room, plus they are super functional. You can use them simply for accent, to create a divide, or as intended, like a changing room screen. So many possibilities!

It’s not a vintage goodie, but a “Made in China” reproduction with MDF inset panels and that awesome fake time-worn wear characteristic to this era of furniture. See the sticker in the bottom left?

Back of Folding Screen Room Divider |

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I have no need for these things other than I needed to check a “wanted to do” off my list. I’ve always wanted to rework a set of these. This particular folding screen seemed to be the perfect candidate. Now, I can totally appreciate the Asian influence and they would look cool in the right Boho or flea market style setting. However, I could also see them in a totally reworked state.

First, I used my sander to lightly buff the surface to give it a bit of tooth and take care of some wear issues. After that, I began with my Stubby Brush and a few coats of soft green to the frames, while the inset panels and back got a lighter shade of that green.

Painting Vintage Folding Screen with Zibra Paint Brush |

Once the paint had cured, it was time for me to make use of these beautiful napkins. I’ve long been a fan of decoupage and use it often my makeovers. You can see a few past ones HERE.

Decorative Napkins for Decoupage Furniture | Prodigal Pieces |

If you’re new to the term decoupage, it’s basically the art of cut work that includes paper and glue that originated in France in the 17th century though some say the Chinese may have used it as far back as the 12th century. Either way, it’s fun, super easy, and creates such magnificent drama.

This budget-friendly art is addictive – really! I don’t buy the expensive decoupage supplies, but prefer to use basic school glue in a slightly watered down form similar to creamy milk.

To apply my napkin art, I cut them up in pieces and applied as I went.

  • Brush on a light base layer of adhesive
  • Apply napkin (or tissue paper) cutout or sheet.
  • Brush over the napkin piece to seal it in. Simple!

While my decoupage was curing on the two outer panels, I set about to tackle the bottom lattice-style panels. Their original color is black, but I wanted some dramatic change. What’s more dramatic than black to white? tee hee

Spray Paint Folding Screen Lattice |

Time for some textural fun! Since I left the center panel in basic painted form, I had planned to give it a bit of drama with stencils. First, I used my French Script stencil as a base layer. You can see how I’ve used that in these past posts too. Next, I applied this door panel stencil for added fun. And, dare I say I’m having soooo much fun!

Stenciling Folding Screen Panels |

The two panels I added decoupage to also got a stencil in a white for contrast. When all the stencils were done, I created more drama by using my Round Brush and gray wax to create depth and time-worn wear.

Applying Wax to Folding Screen for Texture and Depth by Prodigal Pieces |

With everything complete, I’m excited to show you the after of this vintage folding screen fun.

Vintage Folding Screen with Paper & Paint Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Shabby Chic Folding Screen Room Divider with Decoupage Details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

The paper really gave it texture and dimension, and the stenciling that little bit of extra touch it needed.

Shabby Chic Cottage Style Folding Screen with Decoupage Panels by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

French Script Stencil with Decoupage Accents on Vintage Folding Screen by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I’m glad I didn’t do all three panels the same. The contrasting middle one gives it a nice touch, don’t you think?

Basket of Roses in Farmhouse Shabby Chic Bedroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Hand-Painted Folding Screen with French Accents by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Happily, this folding screen has been donated to a local ministry to aid people who are leaving the Amish order and looking to start a new life. You can read about my furniture donations to help those in need – Finding Home program HERE.

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Romantic Chic Bedroom with Roses and French Style Folding Screen by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Decoupaged Folding Screen Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Romantic Chic Bedroom with Roses by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share this fun folding screen makeover. You will have it for future reference and inspire others to give DIY a try too. That’s what it’s all about, right?

So beautiful! A dated vintage folding screen room divider was transformed with decoupaged paper & paint into romantic chic decor. Full DIY details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #vintage #home #homedecorideas #homedecor #bedroom

Up next, I’ll be taking these two cast-off finds and giving them new purpose. Do you know what they are? See their new life HERE.

Vintage Broken Tiered Stands Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    This is such a lovely makeover. It shows a piece doesn’t need to be vintage to have a new life.

    November 6, 2018 at 6:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, you are so right. It’s fun to take things and make them our own.

      November 6, 2018 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Kim

    Larissa, once again a beautiful makeover! I just everything you do! Thanks for the inspiration!

    November 6, 2018 at 6:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so, Kim. These were fun! 😀

      November 6, 2018 at 7:16 am Reply
  • Trisha Shank

    Another spectacular flip, Larissa!!! You’re on fire.

    November 6, 2018 at 7:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      High five, girl! You are so awesome to say so. Thank you, Trisha!

      November 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Frances Batson

    This is beautiful! You inspire us to do things we had not thought of.

    November 6, 2018 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s truly what I’m all about. You’ve made my day! 😀

      November 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Wow, sooooo beautiful. Your work is always inspiring.

    November 6, 2018 at 10:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted you think so, Becky. It was just fun to try.

      November 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    100% better!

    November 6, 2018 at 11:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dancin’ mama!! 😀

      November 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Fran Legler

    As always…..AH-mazing!!!! LUV your work; it’s always the 1st email I open 😀

    November 6, 2018 at 11:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…! Fran you have made me a happy gal. Thank you!

      November 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    Such a cute makeover! The divider looks 500% better. Thanks for the inspiration!

    November 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! I love your comment, Debra. Thank you!

      November 6, 2018 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • Melanie

    Wow! Now this is impressive!

    November 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance!! Thank you, Melanie. 😀

      November 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    WOW!! Love 💘!

    November 6, 2018 at 11:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Ellen. 😉

      November 7, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply
  • linda

    nice to see you again

    November 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm Reply
  • Annette Powell

    Love the way this turned out, beautiful!

    November 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It makes my day to hear it. Thank you!

      November 8, 2018 at 6:08 am Reply
  • Kathleen Graff

    Hi Larissa it looks amazing great work
    Did you seperate your napkinks remove a ply ? Or did you leave it the way it was ?

    November 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! In this instance I only had one sheet to work with, but I have used only one on a specific project, and kept it together on another for texture.

      November 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm Reply

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