This room divider need some serious help!

Maripat Sparks
by Maripat Sparks
Have the perfect place to use this room divider but hate how it looks right now. Any ideas on how to spiff it up? Planning on using it in my family room which is all earth tones. Thanks for your help!
  32 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 01, 2017

    Lightly sand ,prime and paint with a color that blends with your room.

  • James James on Jan 01, 2017

    I agree with Janet, after repainting like maybe a white color, then find flower decals and place on the bottom of each panel.

  • Sheila D Sheila D on Jan 01, 2017

    As Janet suggested, paint will make it look brand new. I lined the back of my open screen with opaque fabric using spray adhesive which let a little light thru

  • Patsy McQuade Patsy McQuade on Jan 01, 2017

    I would take out the top diamond panels and attach some light linen or burlap.

  • Maripat Sparks Maripat Sparks on Jan 01, 2017

    Great ideas ladies! Love the idea of the burlap! Thanks!

    • Sue Sue on Jan 05, 2017

      Eeeek! Don't do the burlap! This piece is too beautiful. Burlap will say "cheap country look!" rather than "elegant, sophisticated piece of furniture." Plus, burlap will collect dust and grime and will not be easy to maintain. Paint is washable. Burlap is not, unless you take it out to clean. Do you really want to go through that hassle?

  • Sam Sam on Jan 02, 2017

    this is such a nice screen! wish I had one! i'd leave the panels in.

    paint a lovely light color and if I wanted to do anything w fabric

    i'd put something light and airy on the bottom panels if anything.

    it looks like it has some texture down there, so if it were mine,

    i'd just paint it.

    its lovely!

  • Ese8934807 Ese8934807 on Jan 02, 2017

    I think it only depends only where you put it, I have one just like it, paint it a eggshell color and put Christmas Led Lights behind it.

  • Ann14392516 Ann14392516 on Jan 02, 2017

    If you want to keep it rustic, you might just choose to use a wood cleaner and preservative on it to enhance the grain and detail; and add a silver tin or copper tinted panel behind the open design to give it more interest. Thin light weight mirror panels would reflect the light in the room. If the screen is visible from both sides, these ideas might not work. Otherwise, painting always a good option. I would use high gloss in a color that complements but doesn't blend in.

    Let it make a statement!

  • Patricia Viamontes Patricia Viamontes on Jan 03, 2017

    you wouldn't have to take out the diamonds to use fabric in front or in the back of them. This is a lovely screen! Perhaps decoupage some rustic scene or pine cones on the panels below.

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Jan 03, 2017

    This is a very nice piece. I would lighten it up and maybe do some airy linen fabric with the diamond panels...

  • LuAnn Roberts LuAnn Roberts on Jan 03, 2017

    Paint and add fabric.

  • Queeniecda Queeniecda on Jan 04, 2017

    I had a similar project. I painted, distressed & antiqued my doors. Removed inserts & replaced with burlap.

  • Sharon Morton Sharon Morton on Jan 04, 2017

    I would def paint it maybe with a chalk wash. Then tie ribbons thru the lattice work to hold photos of your family or paintings of your favorite things, etc. Let us see your finished product choice.

  • CecileH CecileH on Jan 04, 2017

    Unicorn SPiT would look awesome in making this piece look old world marvelous! Think New Orleans bright colours antiqued!

  • Sue Sue on Jan 05, 2017

    Paint a light color and use a darker contrasting color on the panels. Burlap would cheapen the look of this beautiful piece. I wouldn't do that if I were you. All you need is a good paint job to brighten it up.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 05, 2017

    I think some paint would be great and I would remove the lattice and replace with fabric. Even a shear fabric pleated and stapled would give it a more feminine look. It really depends on where you are using it. Actually the possibilities are endless, nice piece.

  • Denise Denise on Jan 05, 2017

    I had some heavy 6 foot tall shutters that I joined together to make a screen many years ago. Since my decor had an Asian flair, I painted then gloss black with gold on the edges, and inserted thin batting and a beautiful Asian fabric in the center parts. Still beautiful years later, and I still receive compliments about them. I would keep the lattice part on yours, though. Adds a nice textural interest.

  • Mia8749530 Mia8749530 on Jan 05, 2017

    I would not decoupage. Keep it simple.

  • Teresa Teresa on Jan 05, 2017

    This is a beautiful piece. I would make removable panel inserts to cover the lattice. That way you can change material whenever you want - go to Michael's or somewhere and buy canvas stretchers !

  • Becky Becky on Jan 05, 2017

    One suggestion, give it to me  I love it the way it is. But for you, I paint & make fabric panels

  • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Jan 06, 2017

    Family room/rustic tones/. Stain or paint the larger surfaces with what you like. Dark brown? Black? And make the 'grill' an antique copper or antique'd silver. Not a shiny gold, for sure.

  • Cheryl Markus Reynolds Cheryl Markus Reynolds on Jan 06, 2017

    I would keep it very simple. I would paint it a medium sage green and distress it to let some of the original dark color come out.

  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Jan 06, 2017

    Wow, great ideas. I love the piece myself and would leave the lattice and might think about using some fabric inserts on the bottom to lighten it up, if your not painting or either way. It is a great piece to have. Share when you have decided what your doing..

  • Deborah Lee Deborah Lee on Jan 06, 2017

    I think the paint color depends on the effect you want to create. Lighter colors would make it blend in more, darker colors would be a contrast/ make it stand out. Also, what is its function? Is it going to be decorative or used as, say, a room divider of sorts? If the latter, then perhaps a heavier fabric would be the way to go. It's a great piece with lots of possibilities. I had a tall wooden one with carvings and used it as my headboard for a while, then a room divider, a dressing screen, etc. Multi-functional pieces are the only way to go for me. I can redecorate without having to spend a dime!

    • Maripat Sparks Maripat Sparks on Jan 06, 2017

      I was planning on using it simply as a decorative piece, but, wow - a headboard - I would have never thought of that! Now you've got my brain working Bubbalee58!

  • Renee Sorenson Renee Sorenson on Jan 06, 2017

    I would clean it well to perhaps brighten up the wood and wicker just a little. Then, protect it. Put a fabric BEHIND the latice on the top. You could use an accent color from your room.

  • Cathy Ward Markham Cathy Ward Markham on Jan 06, 2017

    I can picture it painted grey. Then, get some fun family pictures printed in black and white. Frame them in dollar store frames and hang them from the lattice. You could use black and/or white frames for an upscale look or funky colors to have fun with them. You could even use seasonal colors and seasonal pics to decorate for the holidays. Great piece!

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 07, 2017

    It is a great screen! I agree with many posters here, just paint/distress it. IMO, if you want to add fabric, put in front of or behind the lattice. Speaking from experience, tastes change. If you move, you may want to re-invent it to go with your new decor. It would be easier to just remove the fabric, rather than rebuild it later.

  • Kcama Kcama on Jan 07, 2017

    Cleaning it up with either oil, paint, or stain. Then, this is rather labor intensive but reversible: weave ribbon (even burlap ribbon) through the lattice - either all of it or just here and there - maybe a light/bright color to add some interest.

  • Judy Judy on Jan 07, 2017

    Please don't change the finish. Use name brand products (Formby's is one of many) to clean, condition, etc. We all wish we could see this item to add fabric stretched around or behind the latticework without damaging this spectacular piece! You could cut cardboard to fit and spray paint or upholster it. Have fun and enjoy. You might even consider using cellophane (it comes in rolls) and changing it with the season or mood.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jan 08, 2017

    It depends on what style you are going for. Chinese red or black with brass accent pieces at each corner and Chinese print on plyboard panel? You can use a wallpaper in whatever style you go for.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 16, 2017

    Do you want it to stand out or to blend in? Are you looking for a quick fix or a project. Quick fix just add fabric to lattice. Project paint in a color you have in room as accent then if you want to leave lattice open stop there the reason I say this is project is that you have lattice and piece must be painted on both sides. Then I would add a fabric or handmade paper behind lattice. If you want to take it further then in space in front that is reccessed either wood accents painted to coordinate with lattice finishing or with photos that have been enlarged and have them held up by clear dots used in scrapbooking. It really is hard to suggest when you can't see your style from one photo. I mean I see two different baseboards one looks like the same color of screen so why paint but which room will it be going into? Maybe that's the color of kitchen cabinets and you have different wood pieces or maybe the same in family room. It may be a good piece to join both rooms. Good luck.

  • Asa15923912 Asa15923912 on Jan 16, 2017

    Hi good evening I my suggestion would be since it's in the family room why don't you let the kids get involved and see what they have any ideas you know make it a part of them as well God bless you have a good night