Folding Screen Makeover

Hello sweet Friends!! Today my Décor Enthusiast Girls and I are back together after a little Holiday hiatus sharing something I love…stenciled projects! I share a bunch of stenciled makeovers around here, but I had to come up with something new for today.

I decided that this folding screen I found at the thrift store a couple of months ago would be a perfect canvas for stencils:

It was $35 and 25% off so I ended up paying $26 for it. I have included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use. Read my full disclosure here.

Here it is all redone and ready for action:

Folding Screen updated with stencils and stripes from

Cute, right??

I always wanted a fancy a screen to change behind like in the movies ha ha.

Folding Screen updated with stencils and stripes from

I bought the stencil I used at Michaels not too long ago. It’s by ArtMinds and I found it over by the art supplies, on the other side of the store from where I would normally find the stencils. HERE is a very similar and less expensive one on Amazon.

To add my stencil, first I measured to see where I wanted to add the stencil and in what pattern. Then I sprayed Loctite Spray Adhesive on the back first to hold it in place. I used a small brush and pure white DIY chalk paint to fill in the stencil, taking care not to brush towards the edges as much as possible:

ArtMinds stencil

I only did one coat. Here it is  after I removed the stencil:

I continued to add a quick spray of the spray adhesive to the back before moving it to the next spot. (After I was finished, I used an old wash cloth and warm running water to wipe down the stencil on the side with the paint in my kitchen sink, then let it lay sticky side up on a paper towel to dry.)

I sanded generously with 220 grit sandpaper after to smooth it all out:

The base coat is Gray Morning by Behr and Ultra Pure White 50/50 mix made into DIY Chalk Paint, easily my favorite blue hue.

Folding Screen updated with stencils and stripes from

I am on the prowl for new colors though…wanting to add something new to the mix.

I decided to break up the damask pattern with two panels of stripes…

Folding Screen updated with stencils and stripes from

{That chair was a DIY cover made from drop cloth. See the full tutorial HERE. The sign above the door is a Pottery Barn knock-off I made a couple of years ago. You can see more of that HERE.}

The stripes add a bit of a casual coastal vibe in my opinion. I used FrogTape for delicate surfaces to add them.


Folding Screen updated with stencils and stripes from

I sealed it with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

Folding Screen updated with stencils and stripes from

This was fun to do since I’ve never painted a folding screen before. I hope you enjoyed it too!

Folding Screen updated with stencils and stripes from

My Décor Enthusiast Girls are sharing how they had fun with stencils today as well. Click the links below the image to see more of any of these fun projects!

SIx creative ways to use stencils!

Our Southern Home * Refresh Restyle * Restoration Redoux

Duke Manor Farm * Artsy Chicks Rule

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And here is my favorite stenciled project, this antique cabinet:

Check out how a couple of stencils brought this piece back to life HERE.

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this very brown hutch:

UPDATE! Check out how this brown beast looks now HERE!

As always, I appreciate ya’ll stopping by! 🙂



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  1. I’ve seen many screens but never one as pretty as this one. I have one made out of shutters and I may just paint it in a very similar color. I do have one question if you have time; I bought a bread box at the thrift store the other day and it’s in good shape. It’s wood and the front has a copper insert with the word “BREAD stamped with raised letters. Not sure what color to paint it and I have a pot rack hanging in my kitchen with copper pots so kinda wanted to keep the copper. Could you help me come up with a color that goes with copper besides off-white or should I stick with off-white? Greatly appreciate any suggestions. Can’t wait until next Tues.

    • Thanks so much, Janice! Sounds like you found a pretty bread box! Are there other colors in your kitchen that you are using? I do use a lot of whites…you know me well, but I do think black would also be a pretty contrast to the copper, but not sure if that is too dark for you. <3

  2. WOW OH WOW!! That screen is GOOORGEOUS!!! My oh My!!! You are so inspirational with all that you do! Thank you so much!!

  3. Oh my Christy this is a real beauty. I love the color and the stencil. By breaking it up with the stripes it really comes alive.

  4. This looks awesome! I love stencils. I love the combination of the blue and white you chose.

    Too cute!


    • Thanks, Nancy! I do too…I once considered myself stencil-impaired, but once you I got the hang of it, there really is so much you can do with them! 🙂

  5. Fabulous! I wondered what you would do with this – that’s an awful lot of big blank space to fill in! You did GREAT!

  6. Susan Williams says

    Your folding screen make over is stunning!

  7. I just love your makeovers. Another fantastic makeover.

  8. Christina in FL says

    Christy, I adore the colors you chose and the stencil! Great idea to mix in the stripes. Beautiful!!!

  9. Christy, SO pretty! I love how you did two different prints on the panels, and they really compliment each other. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what new color(s) your bring in.

    TV console is still in the works. With my job, family, etc., I’m having a hard time getting it finished. =/

    • Thanks, Julie! I am hoping to go looking for some colors to play with today…it’s not easy to break out of my norm ha ha! And I totally get it about the console…life is busy!! XO 🙂

  10. Marcie Lovett says

    Beautiful, Christy! Love the contrast of the stripes with the stencil. This could not have been easy, given the size. Did you paint the back, too?

    • Thanks, Marcie!! I did paint the back, but it is just the solid blue… and between you and me, I still need to wax the back lol. XO

  11. Nicely done Christy! Love the stencil and stripes.

  12. chris aka monkey says

    with my luck, if i was changing behind it, my butt would knock it over just as i had my drawers around my knees lol, this did turn out beautiful xx

  13. Wow wow, this screen is so gorgeous, I just love it, great, great job.
    I have been wanting a screen but when I see the size I want they are too expensive. After seeing what you did with that one I will be searching thrift stores, thanks so much for the inspiration.

  14. All I have to say is, WOW! It’s truly a beautiful piece now.

  15. The folding screen is gorgeous! I love the stripes and the stencil. So classy! Great job!

  16. That is so pretty Christy! SOOO much better! And I love that you added the stripes. xo

    • Thank you, Nancy!! I thought the stencil might be kinda boring on all four panels, so I’m glad I added the stripes to break it up! XOXO

  17. The screen is beautiful. You did such a good job with the colors and the combination of the stencil design with the stripes. I love it!

  18. Christy, this is so pretty and elegant! Love it. 🙂

  19. WOW! I love it! You do such amazing work on so many items. I so enjoy our blog.

  20. WOW!!!! GORGEOUS!!! Christy you’ve done did it AGAIN!!! WOWSERS!!!!
    Love this one!!!
    God Bless,
    Addie 😉

  21. Great makeover Christy!

  22. The room divider is gorgeous!!

  23. Your eye for these pieces is impeccable, Christy. Just love the pairing of damask and stripes and the color is oh so pretty too. Pinning and sharing ☺

    • Aww you are too sweet, Marie, thank you!! I am really pleased how the damask and the stripe patterns worked out together…you just never know! XOXO

  24. I really want a screen like this to decorate as I see fit. I want mine to “hide” the litter boxes! And, you found it and made it your own! Wonderful! Love what you did to it!

    • Thank you, Fonda! That was the first time I had ever seen folding screen at the thrift store and they had two, probably donated by the same person. The other one had a more Asian feel and I believe was paper in the center. Using one to hide the litter boxes is a great idea! XO

  25. What a gorgeous screen! I have got to try that stencil spray. Makes it so much easier!

  26. that is so amazing. you have such a talent for totally transforming stuff.

  27. Your blog is just as amazing as always. I just came to say that I love your posts and everyday I come here to check if there’s something new. Thank you!


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