Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Creating an old "antique" leather screen

I began working on this leather screen in the Fall months. It is made from two old hollow core wood doors, textured wall paper, molding, two hinges, and upholstery tacks.

First paint the doors with a primer. Next fill any open spaces on the edges of the doors. Don't worry about the holes for the door knobs, the molding will cover them.

Add the wall paper using wallpaper paste. The width of the wallpaper just lends itself to this project. Usually you only have to cut the length.

Now the fun is faux painting. Using a brown glaze and a rag, begin rubbing the glaze over the wall paper. This does not have to be even. Remember aged leather has different hues. Dark spots are always present. Add the hinges. It is easier now. These panels are done on both sides with the faux leather. Continue adding layers of glaze until you have a look that you like. You can also add a little black glaze in areas to create the look of age. Blend it well so it doesn't appear too harsh in contrast to the rest of the screen.

Finally add the molding. This screen the molding is painted a deep espresso brown. The upholstery tacks are added and the look is complete. You have saved the doors from being thrown in the landfill and you have an instant "antique" screen.

Have fun. Until next time...


  1. That's such a great effect from simple materials. You have some amazing tricks up your sleeve Deb.

    Cheers...Ann :)

  2. Ooo, I remember you mentioned this a while ago when you were redecorating your husband's office (?). Ever since I've wanted to see how you did it. Thanks Debra! :o)


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