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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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