Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Folding Screens (part two)

I explained how I aquired two folding screens in a previous post.  Since I was housebound this week with a terrible cold and bronchitis I used those few minutes each day that I felt like doing anything to work on one screen.

I checked my fabric stash and found a piece that could work.
The reverse side was pretty too.  Since the fabric was slightly shear I decided to use two panels for each frame.  That meant they could not be gathered because I would not have  enough fabric for that.  I rather liked seeing the entire pattern flat anyway.  (That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.  I have to find uses for fabric I already have.  And since I was not leaving the house, this was my best option.)

I wasn't kidding about making this piece of fabric work.

This was my waste and that was because the fabric had been cut at a slight angle.

This seems like a pretty straight forward job and I suppose it should have been.
But under the weather as I still am, it was a huge effort.

So here is the screen before.  Simple cotton fabric with a turned back pocket at the top and bottom.  I do like the shirred on look but not this time. (If you remember, I bought two of these so I will have a second chance at it.)

Here it is from one side.

And here it is from the other side.

My plan was to leave the wood in it's natural state but the more I looked at it the more I realized the natural state was pretty shabby.   So I got out the spray primer and in about 5 minutes it was primed.

I did do a little sanding first but parts of the frame were so rough that sanding it smooth would have taken away too much of the delicate frame.  A good coating of paint would smooth some of this out.

Which brings me to my next dilemma.  I knew approximately what color I wanted this to be but we all know the choices in spray paint.  Don't you wonder who decides the colors for spray cans.  I think it is someone moonlighting from their day job at the Highway Dept....Division of road signs and stripping.  What I started out to say here is that I was forced to paint the frame with a brush which took WAY longer than spraying would have.

The point of this endeavor was to have a backdrop for photos and I think it is going to work well for that.

The color I used on the frame was Satchel (SW).

Here it is on the flip side.

So, all in all, I achieved my purpose.  It allows me to set up for a photo without being concerned about the background. (You wouldn't believe the mess hiding behind this screen.)  I'm looking forward to doing the second one very differently. 

I am linking to:  Primitive & Proper


  1. that fabric on the screen is so pretty! i love it on both sides!

  2. The screen is wonderful. SW's Satchel is a great color. Love it.

  3. Love your screen. Perfect for photo shoots!