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?

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14 Comments on Vintage Room Divider Makeover

  1. Kathleen
    December 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm (5 years ago)

    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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    • Jen
      December 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Shelly! 🙂 Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Tara
    January 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm (5 years ago)

    Love, love, love!!!!

  3. Delia
    January 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm (5 years ago)

    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!

    • Jen
      January 15, 2014 at 12:03 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Delia- and yes the spindles definitely drove me a bit crazy! 😉

  4. Lucy S
    February 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm (5 years ago)

    Is this piece by any chance for sale?? It’s just what I’ve been looking for!

    • Jen
      February 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm (5 years ago)

      Lucy, yes it is! Are you in the Chicago area?

  5. Kristen Harris
    June 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm (5 years ago)


    Ive noticed that the pieces you post in provence look darker before your finished but in your last picture they look lighter. Is this the light fooling me or does the paint lighten up?

    • Jen
      June 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Kristen, it’s probably inconsistency in photo editing – sorry! For this project, the photo of just the top of the divider is the true color of Provence after the clear wax. You can also see the divider in its true color in today’s post (6/2) regarding renting a booth space. (After several months of debating, I finally decided to put the divider for sale in my booth!) Hope that helps!


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  1. […] Last week I met with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® stockist and was SO excited to buy another can of Provence.  It’s probably my favorite non-neutral Chalk Paint color (although there are still a lot I haven’t tried) and I’ve been out of it ever since I finished this fabulous Taj Mahal-like wooden room divider. […]

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