An interesting room divider is a great way to separate a space and still have a conversation accent piece. This gorgeous vintage butterfly themed room divider is perfect for a Shabby Chic or feminine style space!
For this project, you will need:
– Three twelve inch wide by sixty inch tall by one inch thick pieces of plywood
– Six small hinges
– Cordless drill
– Medium grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other similar style soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Sweet Cream
– Images from a vintage insect and/or butterfly field guide
– Color laser copier (available at local print and copy shops)
– Craft knife
– Self healing mat
– Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
– Sponge brush
– Small craft roller
– Polyurethane sealant
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
Place several sheets of newspaper and/or a large drop cloth over the area in which you will be crafting your room divider. Carefully sand the three twelve inch wide by sixty inch tall by one inch thick pieces of plywood with medium grit sandpaper. Take extra care around any rough spots. Wipe away any dust on the wood sheets with a tack cloth or other similar style cloth.
Prime both sides of each piece of wood using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Dry for two to three hours. Paint the wood pieces using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Sweet Cream. Wait an hour, apply a second coat of paint, and dry overnight. (Apply additional coats of paint, if desired, before drying overnight.) Install the three hinges per piece of wood with a cordless drill to create the folding screen.
Take images from a vintage insect and/or butterfly field guide to your local copy and print center. Have the images color laser copied onto a medium weight paper. Place the copied images onto a self healing mat. Cut out the designs with a craft knife.
Apply a moderate amount of Mod Podge or other decoupage medium to the back of one image with a sponge brush. Adhere the butterfly image onto the board and smooth with a small craft roller. Repeat this step with all remaining vintage images. Dry overnight.
Apply several coats of polyurethane sealant over the images. Cure for a few days before enjoying your new room divider.
TIP: Insect field guides to laser copy can be borrowed from the library, purchased online, or found at antique stores.