Room Divider Makeover

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A Room Divider - you have heard of these, but perhaps you have never considered them to be an alternative when it comes to using them outside?

We live in a villa in Spain and have a swimming pool and an outside shower, but we don't want to look at the shower all the time when we are chilling. So, I was wondering what we could use to hide it as and when we want. I then came up with the idea of using a Room Divider, but didn't want to pay a fortune for it. In Spain we have lots of Chinese shops and everything they sell is quite cheap. I went to have a look for one and they had one with a nice print on it for 49.99 euros. But..... unfortunately we had a lot of rain one day and we forgot to bring it inside and it didn't have a protection coat on it, i.e. varnish.

Time: 2 DaysCost: $38Difficulty: Easy
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Anyway, needless to say, it got damaged in the fact that the rain washed away all of the print!.  I decided to re-paint it in Rustoleum Winter Grey. First of all I cleaned the Room Divider with water and washing liquid and let it dry (approx. 1 hour).

I already had some of this paint leftover from another job so it cost me nothing. I put two coats on and left overnight.
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I have a large table and placed a piece of 'oil cloth' on the table to protect it and placed the Divider on it.  I then placed the stencil on the Divider and taped it with some Blue Masking Tape, which I already had from previous jobs
The next day I completed the stencilling which I purchased The Foliate Damask Wall Stencil from the Royal Design Studio - Standard Size which is 18.75" x 18.75" and put that on the Divider. It was very easy to do.
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I used a paper plate and put some Kitchen Roll on it and put small amounts of paint at a time on top of the kitchen roll to enable me to keep dabbing in the paint and then dab some off on the kitchen roll - you don't want to have too much paint on your stencilling brush as it might leak underneath and spoil your stencilling.  I used a darker grey for the stencilling which was an Artist's Acrylic Paint, which you can purchase at most craft stores or art shops.  Again, I already had this in my 'stash'.

I would always recommend proper stencil brushes - see below
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You could also use a 'pouncer', a roller or a sponge if you prefer
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A few photos of the 'Before' and 'After' of the Room Divider in place around the shower/pool area.
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I Thought you might also like to see the pool lit up at night. A couple of more photos - one in the evening and one in the day. We had three lights put into the ground when we had the new pool wall constructed and a couple of weeks ago I purchased 3 'window like' mirrors and we placed them above each light.  The lights come on with different colours and shine on each 'window' (mirror) - I think it looks very effective. I hope you do too?
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