A while back I posted about "pieces with potential" and showed a three panel dressing screen I bought that needed some help. I indicated it would be transformed into something fabulous, but didn't give a specific time-line. That was a good thing, because it took me longer than I planned to get around to it!
The screen was wood with veneer that had gotten wet at some point in time, causing the veneer to warp. I wasn't sure what to do about it, but since the warped veneer was only on one side of the screen, I figured I'd just try to glue it down after softening it in the sun and using weights and clamps. This method improved the situation a little, but there was still one side better than the other.
I spray painted the frame with a white primer, then Heirloom White by Krylon:
I've been acquiring rolls of flocked wallpaper that was popular in the 1960's and 70's, one at a time, over the last several years. I'm a woman with a lot of patience! After all, I plan to use these supplies for the rest of my life. I decided to show off my lovely flocked papers on this dressing screen. I cut rectangles from the papers and adhered them to the screen with pre-mixed wallpaper paste.
This is the side with the warped veneer. You can barely tell the screen has an uneven surface anymore thanks to the busy wallpaper patterns. Cheswick seems to approve:
This side turned out even better:
If you want to try a similar project, you might be able to turn a couple old folding closet doors into a three-panel screen. Sometimes Habitat for Humanity has a surplus store (we have two in our area) with donated items from home renovations and you might be able to snag a couple folding closet door panels there. Then just attach them with hinges, paint the edges, and add wallpaper!