Indoor Folding Screen

Indoor Folding Screen

Repurpose old blind slats to create an indoor folding screen.


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Resuse your old blind slats to create a decorative folding screen, perfect for creating indoor privacy or just disguising objects in a room.

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Materials
(4) 1 by 3 poplar boards (precut 72 inches long with mitered corners)
(4) 1x3 poplar boards (precut 15 inches long with mitered corners)
(4) L-brackets and screws
Wood stain (color of your choice)
Plastic spray paint (color of your choice)
Pencil
Heavy-duty scissors
Staple gun
3/8-inch staples
(6) 3-inch wide vertical blind slats (precut 72 inches long)
(24) 3-inch wide vertical blind slats (precut 15 inches long)
Tape measure
Drill with Philips head screw bit
(50) 1⁄2-inch woodscrews

Instructions

  1. To assemble the two frames, use four pieces of 72-inch long 1 by 3 poplar board, and four pieces of the 15-inch long 1 by 3 poplar board. Each piece will need mitered corners (45-degree angle). If you can’t do this yourself, ask your local hardware store
  2. Attach a 15-inch poplar board to a 72-inch poplar board by connecting the two mitered edges with an L-bracket at each corner. Drive the accompanying L-bracket screws into the back of the boards to secure the corner. Repeat this for the remaining corners on each frame. You will end up with two long rectangular frames
  3. Stain the poplar wood frames, applying the stain along the wood grain. Let both frames dry
  4. Lay the old vertical blinds out flat. Spray-paint the blinds any color, using plastic-friendly spray paint. Let them dry
  5. Dry-fit the vertical blinds along the back of each frame and mark the distances with a pencil. The blinds should be at an angle of your choice. Make sure to line up the remaining vertical blinds so they are flush up against one-another without gaps.
  6. Cut the blinds with heavy-duty scissors to fit the frames
  7. Use a staple gun to secure the first section of blinds to the back of the wood frame. Start at the top and place the first vertical blind piece on a slight angle. Make sure there is no gap. Place three staples into each end of the vertical blind strip to secure it to the back of the frame
  8. Add another vertical blind strip below the first strip, and make sure there are no gaps between them. Staple this strip in place with another three staples at each end. Continue this for the remaining vertical strips on this frame
  9. Repeat steps five through eight to attach vertical blind strips to the back of the second frame
  10. Attach the two sections by placing a hinge 12 inches down from the top of the screen and a second hinge 12 inches up from the bottom of the screen. The hinge should open facing the back of the blinds, so the screen can fold in half. Drive two screws through the screw holes in the hinge and into the side of the wood frame
  11. Place one frame on top of the other with both hinges overlapping the side of the second frame. Drive screws into the side of the frame just as you did in step 10 to connect the two frames together

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