Vintage Room Divider Makeover

Hi friends!  I hope you’re somewhere warm right now- or at least bundled up in your favorite blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and mini marshmallows…. yummmm… what was I saying?

Oh yes- Today I’m sharing a lovely furniture upcycle along with a bit of advice too.  Because makeovers are pretty to look at but it helps if you learn something new once in a while right?

I spotted this very cool vintage room divider at a boutique thrift store and knew it had so much potential.  It was in great shape and I loved the spindles and curves – and the top reminded me of the Taj Mahal.

When you’re buying pieces for your home or even to makeover and then sell, it’s important to really love the item – especially if you’re planning to put a little work into it.  You don’t want to get halfway through the project and then get bored with it!

{In case you’re wondering, no I do not have green leaves on my trees and visible grass showing – I wish!  These “before” pics were taken a little while back before winter so rudely showed up early and covered everything in inches of snow.}

I chose my favorite fabulous paint color: Provence Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  This one little quart has painted 3 side tables, one bookcase, and now this divider – and there’s still paint left for a couple more projects.  This type of paint is great for low prep time and easy cleanup.  If you’d like more info I wrote an in-depth review on painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

I used my trusty Purdy brush and a little artist brush for the tighter areas.  For a seemingly simple makeover, did you see all those spindles?  There are 54 of them!!!  I spread this project out over a few days just because my wrist kept getting tired.

Also you can see my ceiling in the photo below – this divider is about SEVEN feet tall!  I had to use a ladder just to reach the top of it.   ;)   #shortgirlproblems

The paint job isn’t perfect because I like how it looks a little unfinished and distressed.  Sometimes it’s fine not to worry about perfection; just paint it until you’re happy with how it looks!  (Tip: You can use sandpaper to make a piece look more distressed.  The more you rub, the more distressed it will be- and whatever color is underneath will show through.)

I thought the vintage Tiffany blue piece would look great staged with my fab gold accent table from Target.  I love these colors together – I even painted a pair of matching tables in Provence and gold.

What’s the best advice you’ve heard about choosing furniture and then painting it?

I’d love to hear your comments- it’s easy to do and your email address will remain private!


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  1. says

    Hey Jen,

    I love this piece! The top does look like the Taj Mahal! Did you wax it after you painted it? I have yet to use AS paint. I’ve used Webster’s on my buffet, but I’m looking forward to trying a color other than black next time. Great job on this. It’s beautiful.
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  2. says

    Very pretty! It looks completely different painted – what a great example of why we do what we do! It’s got a whole new life ahead of it! I don’t have any advice per se, but nice job on all those spindles! I despise painting spindles! Generally a deterrant for me – but you did awesome!

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