A House Divided…But in a good way: Screen Building Tutorial

I am very excited to show you the project we have been working on.

First, let me give you some background.  I used to work at Icon Health and fitness while attending college.  No that doesn’t mean I worked out a lot, I worked in the legal department and the treat drawer was huge… I gained weight while working there…  Along with the extra ten pounds, I did get a smokin’ deal on a huge elliptical, and later a recumbent bike.  Just recently my neighbor sold us their old treadmill…  So, while I am thankful to have my own personal gym, it is not all that pretty in my family room.  But how to hide it?

Enter google search. 

I love you google search! 
Anyway.  I found this screen online and thought $519.00 dollars” gulp…  But, it is funky, and oh so fun. You know what?  I could make it.  SOLD!

And guess what, now you too can make this! Original on left, ours on the right.

 Just keep that in mind, that you will be blown away when you can see how we did it for $30 to $50, depending on the size you want.

1 to 2 sheets 1/2″ x 4′ x 8′ mdf, cut to size at the store, see specification sheet for dimensions, (Home Depot makes cuts FYI) Approx $20.00 a piece
6 hinges, very small 2 screw hinge. These come in sets of two for Approx $2-3.00
Wood patch compound (optional, for oops!)

Straight edge, or long ruler (for drawing on template)
Measuring tape (for drawing on template)
Pencil (for drawing on template)
Jig saw (to cut out shapes) – not included in cost, but they are only about $30.00, for a simple saw, FYI
1-2 sheets, 150 grit sand paper (for sanding raw cut edges)
A round object (for sanding curves, see instruction sheet)
Sanding block (or small piece of wood with sanding paper wrapping it)
(If you do not have these tools check bottom of post for another option to build the screen)

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For those of you who don’t have the tools to make this project try this. Get the boards cut at the lumber store to the right width, I would recommend the 4′ wide option so you don’t waste as much since you probably won’t be building a second thing out of the waste. Sand all the flat edges. Paint both sides one solid color. Trace the pattern lightly and carefully on the screen, and paint the cut-out pattern on to the screen. Or if you know a person who cuts vinyl you can have the relief shape cut from vinyl and attach it on there.

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >Wow, that is great and to be honest, I like yours better! Plus it would be easy to make it go with any decor! Great idea!

  2. >You always come up with the perfect solution to a problem, and always very clever and thrifty, too. The screen is a great addition to the room. Nice job!
    I'd love it if you'd stop by sometime.
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  3. >What a great idea! I have just finished redoing our family room and am having a friend of mine build a screen for me for the same purpose! Hiding that treadmill that I don't really use but would use even less if it wasn't in the room! Love what you did!

  4. >Wow, really impressive. Thanks for linking up to Things I Love Thursday. If you wouldn't mind a link back to the carnival that would be great.

  5. >Wow, that's no screen! That's one heck of an eye popping piece of art! So fun and functional!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  6. >I like it- it's modern and fun!

    Thank you so much for stopping by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and adding this to the page! Don’t forget to stop back next week to see which links from this week are featured, and to add your new links!

  7. >I have to admit, whenever I see knock offs make their way 'round the internet I tend to roll my eyes. But this looks JUST like the real deal! And for over $400 less?! Wow!


  8. >Wonderful knock of! I just love screens they hide a multitude of sins, or in your case good intentions.