Decorative Screens for a Living Room

Transform an ordinary screen door into a decorative accent for any room.

Screen doors purchased from a home-improvement store easily can be made into a wall decoration. Screens hide untidy corners, provide privacy, and filter light. They also can stand alone as an accent piece for a room. These steps show you how to create your own.

First, purchase screen doors and have hardboard paneling cut to fit inside the back of the doors (one panel per door). Next, select a wallpaper that matches the room, and age it with an antiquing glaze. Finally, choose hinges to attach the doors together.

Step 1: Remove the backing of the doors to take out the screen. (You may have to remove nails and staples.) For a smooth finish, sand the door frames with a fine-grade sandpaper, and then apply primer to the entire surface.

Step 2: Attach wallpaper to the hardboard paneling using wallpaper adhesive. Once the adhesive dries, rub the wallpaper with a fine-grade sandpaper to create a worn appearance.

Step 3: Paint the door and trim. Once dry, sand the trim for an antique look.

Step 4: Attach hardboard paneling to the back of the door using ¾-inch finishing nails.

Step 5: For an aged appearance, cover the doors and the wallpaper with an antiquing glaze. (Tip: Add water to lighten the color of the glaze.)

Step 6: To seal the entire piece, apply one thin coat of clear polyurethane, and let dry completely. Hinge the three doors together.

Materials:

  • 3 screen doors
  • sandpaper
  • primer
  • hardboard paneling (cut to fit)
  • wallpaper (at least two rolls, more if a larger pattern is used)
  • wallpaper adhesive
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • ¾-inch finishing nails
  • hammer
  • antiquing glaze
  • clear polyurethane
  • 3 sets of hinges