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Decorative Room Divider


Skill Level – Easy


This is a great project for Do It Yourselfer’s of all skill levels. Creating a one of a kind room divider that you made yourself in a weekend!




Step 1 – Visualize and Design


I recently was asked to try to create a room divider similar to the one pictured above. It appears to have stile and rail construction, features piano hinges, and likely would be quite pricey. After collaborating with fellow Community Expert PatinPaint, we developed the following weekend project that will create that look and feel of that divider at a fraction of the cost. We start by going to and ordering 2 Model 10683 Riverside 5 panel bi-fold doors from Masonite. Click here to order. These good looking doors make a great divider.



Step 2 – Tools and Materials

  • Bi-Fold Doors
  • Hinges
  • Screwdriver
  • Sawhorses
  • Quart of Semi Gloss  for base coat - Color - MSL Dune
  • Quart of Semi Gloss for sponge coat  - Color – Purple Heliotrope
  • 10 oz. Martha Stewart Vintage Gold
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sea Sponge
  • Dropcloth

Step 3 – Creating Faux Finish

Spread out your drop cloth and lay the doors on the sawhorses. As the doors are primed at the factory, you are ready to begin. Paint the base coat in Martha Stewart Dune and allow it to dry for 4-6 hours.  Next you will mix one part Purple Heliotrope to 4 parts glaze. Make sure that the sponge you have chosen has a good mix of crags and indentations. You can pinch out a bit more if needed. The recommended technique is to dip the sponge into the glaze and then dabbing the excess off on a damp terry cloth towel prior to applying to ensure the glaze is not applied to heavily. Rotate the sponge in your hand often, but never while applying the glaze to avoid a “swirl”. Allow to dry for 2 hours and check to see if more glaze is needed for the look you seek. Once satisfied, allow to dry for 4-6 hours or overnight.


Step 4 – Painting the Inset of the Panels

After ensuring that the sponge coat is completely dry, you can begin the preparation for the painting of the recessed panels. I suggest using either Frog Tape or 3-M’s delicate painters tape with the new edge lock technology for best results. Apply strips of tape on both sides of the recessed area you are framing. Use a stippling brush and an up and down motion with your hand to apply Martha Living Metallic Vintage Gold between the lines of tape. Allow the first coat to dry completely and then apply a second coat. Once the paint has dried completely, you can remove the tape.


Step 5 – Applying Hinges

The hinges should be applied with the doors standing up, level and plumb. Most hinges only move one way, so it is important to make sure that the hinges are being applied the way you want them to hinge. This is typically the opposite the direction the bi-folds do. This allows for flat storage as well.


Step 6 – Enjoy!

Congratulations! You have done it. Now it’s time to invite some friends and/or family over and smile ear to ear! Post your finished project on the How to Community to give incentive for others to create their own special room divider.

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Posted 2012-03-07T21:53:58+0000  by HD116 HD116

Thanks for sharing a step by step method of room divider making. By the way, this above divider looks elegant and ethnic. I must try this.

Posted 2013-02-06T14:53:18+0000  by belmanliving
You couldn't be more correct belmanliving!

It is very elegant!

And, HD116 rated the skill level for this project as "Easy."

Elegant and Easy ... what could be better?
Posted 2015-03-10T17:31:20+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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