Build a Hinged Room Divider

A custom-made room divider provides function and style.
Hinged Room Divider With Eye-Catching Blue Flocked Wallpaper

Hinged Room Divider With Eye-Catching Blue Flocked Wallpaper

Blue flocked wallpaper gives this room divider a distinct look to match the surrounding decor.

From: Design on a Dime

Blue flocked wallpaper gives this room divider a distinct look to match the surrounding decor.

Materials and Tools:

table saw
pencil
jig saw
palm sander and sanding block
paint roller and small pads
straight edge ruler or T-square
utility knife
chop saw
pin-nail gun and nails
cordless hand drill with a 1/16" drill bit
screw gun
3/4" thick medium-density fiberboard (MDF) ultra-light
bucket (for tracing a semi-circle)
120-grit sandpaper discs and 150-grit sandpaper squares
clean damp cloth
paint trays
primer
paint (Behr brand #540F-4 in Shale Grey for the panels and #540E-2 in Cloudy Day for the moldings)
wallpaper (ours was flocked)
wallpaper paste
2-1/2" wide chair-rail molding cut down to 1-1/4"
painter’s putty
three hinge kits (each kit includes two 2-inch, narrow utility hinges and screws)

Steps:

1. On a table saw cut four MDF panels to size.

Getting The Perfect Medium Density Fiberboard Panels For Your Hinged Room Divider

Getting The Perfect Medium Density Fiberboard Panels For Your Hinged Room Divider

As seen on HGTV's Design on a Dime, cut four MDF panels to size on a table saw. Trace a circular design at the top of one panel slightly more narrow than the width of the panels. It will enhance the design by allowing for a straight edge on the top corners of the panel.

From: Design on a Dime

2. Trace a circular design at the top of one panel slightly more narrow than the width of the panels. It will enhance the design by allowing for a straight edge on the top corners of the panel.

3. Cut the design at the top using a jig saw and use the finished panel as a template for the three remaining panels.

4. Sand down the screen panels with a palm sander. Wipe off the dust with a clean damp cloth.

5. Apply one coat of primer to all panels and allow them to dry completely. Paint the top and bottom portions of the panels leaving the middle with primer only.

6. Measure and cut wallpaper into strips large enough to fill the unpainted mid-sections of the panels.

Folding Screen Paper For Your Hinged Room Divider

Folding Screen Paper For Your Hinged Room Divider

In step 6, measure and cut wallpaper into strips large enough to fill the unpainted mid-sections of the panels, as seen on HGTV's Design on a Dime.

From: Design on a Dime

7. Adhere the wallpaper onto the panels by applying wallpaper paste to the backside of the wallpaper with a small paint roller. When the wallpaper is set, roll a clean, dry paint roller over the top side of the wallpaper to smooth out any air bubbles.

8. On the table saw, cut the chair rail in half lengthwise to use as trim around the wallpaper sections. Miter the corners with a chop saw and sand edges with a sanding block.

9. Prime and then paint molding with a lighter secondary color. Let dry.

Attaching Hinges To Your Custom-Made Room Divider

Attaching Hinges To Your Custom-Made Room Divider

As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, attach moldings with a nail gun then fill the nail holes with putty. Pre-drill the hinge holes and attach hinges to the sides of the panels with a screw gun.

From: Design on a Dime

10. Attach moldings with a nail gun then fill the nail holes with putty.

11. Pre-drill the hinge holes and attach hinges to the sides of the panels with a screw gun.

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