The other night, on our way back from my friend Joe Nye's party for the Dutch Touch Art Company, Jaithan and I were just about home when we stumbled upon this set of folding closet doors out for pickup the next morning.
On closer look, they were still in great condition. Plus, I loved how tall they are! So I started thinking about this problem spot in our apartment where the radiator is...
A little while ago, I tried painting it the same warm gray as the walls, but I still didn't like how intrusive it is. I'd thought about getting a cover made but didn't want to spend the money. So when I saw the closet doors on the street, I thought, maybe I could turn them into a four-panel screen that might be just the thing I need to cover up the radiator and add a little height to the room. I really didn't know what I was going to do to spruce up the doors—paint? wallpaper? trim?—but I knew I had to have them! So out of the trash and into the basement they went, while I waited for a little inspiration to come my way.
Ever since the Knights of Columbus Flea Market last weekend, where I totally got inspired to do a post on china and silver markings for the holidays, I've been brushing up on the subject with one of my favorite books.
How cool are these black and white etchings of old English silver? And talk about inspiration! All I'd need to turn a plain set of folding doors, likely bound for landfill, into a knock-out screen for my apartment is a copy machine, grosgrain ribbon and Mod Podge (a non-toxic decoupage glue). And that's exactly what I did!
Check out the final result! I love how it hides that hideous radiator and adds a sense of drama to the room. And it really couldn't have been easier—or greener! The first thing I did was take off the knobs and give it a fresh coat of paint (low-VOC Extra White from Sherwin Williams). Next, I figured six vertical panels would work pretty well, so that's how big I enlarged the etchings, all on recycled paper! If you're doing something like this yourself, I say do whatever you think works best. Just make sure it's even on every side for a more polished look. To adhere the paper to the doors, all I needed was a brush and some Mod Podge, then followed the simple instructions on the bottle. Next, it was off to the Flower Market for a roll of black grosgrain ribbon. Framing out each of the panels adds that extra finishing touch, don't you think?
Now that it's all done and the weather's getting cooler, I can't wait to cozy up in the corner with a little tea in the pot I picked up at the flea market last weekend. I love how the etchings on the screen reflect so much of what I love and surround myself with everyday. And isn't that what truly makes a home all your own?