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Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

Create a Folding Screen


Seeking privacy? Need a room divider? Want to hide unsightly storage? Whatever your reason, the folding screen is a time-tested piece of decor that offers beauty and function. And if you’re just considering this project for a fun and stylish refresh, know that if you ever tire of the look, the whole thing can easily fold up and be stored away.




We started with simple wooden
bi-fold doors purchased at the hardware store.

Here's What You'll Need:

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Drop cloth
  • Two unfinished 24” x 80 ½” two-door bi-fold closet doors
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Small plastic zipper bag
  • Small wood blocks to raise door panels up from work surface
  • 1” foam brush
  • 1 qt. all-in-one paint & primer in semi-gloss finish
  • Four rolls or sheets patterned wallpaper (long enough to cover your doors)
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Utility knife
  • Premixed clear wallpaper glue
  • Two small paint roller trays
  • Two small paint rollers
  • 8” plastic smoother
  • Small plastic bucket
  • Natural sponge
  • Adjustable leveling feet
Paint the doors:

Paint the doors:

  • Spread out drop cloth over work area.
  • Lay doors open flat with hinges facing up and remove hinges with Philips head screwdriver and place in zipper bag to reattach later.
  • Position small wood blocks under door panels to elevate.
  • Apply paint with 1” foam brush to door edges of door panels.
  • Fill one roller tray with paint and roll paint on hinge sides of door panels using small paint roller.
  • Let paint dry completely and apply second coat.

Apply the wallpaper:

  • Flip doors over to unpainted sides.
  • Determine order of wallpaper patterns on door panels.
  • Measure the size of each door panel adding 2” on all sides; mark this measurement on the backs of the wallpapers with a pencil—aligning patterns if necessary.
  • Cut wallpaper on cutting mat using utility knife and ruler.
  • Pour premixed clear wallpaper glue into second paint roller tray.
  • Using second small paint roller to apply glue evenly to the backs of the paper one strip at a time.
  • Apply the wallpaper to the door panel, smoothing from the center outward using the 8” plastic smoother. Once a piece is applied, you have about 10-15 minutes to perfect its placement.
  • Wash off excess glue with damp natural sponge, continuing to smooth wallpaper as you wipe.
  • Neatly trim excess overhang with utility knife.
  • Reattach hinges in existing locations on painted side of door panels.
  • Screw in leveling feet to bottom edges of door panels to help protect floors and make your doors stand even.
“This is fun way to add a punch of pattern and color without having to commit to a whole wall or room.”
—Anthony Santelli, stylist

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