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Stenciled Lace-Print Folding Screen

The delicate lace design on this screen only looks complicated. In a reversal of stenciling norms, the central motif is unpainted; light-gold paper is accentuated by a dappled coat of copper-pink paint.




To create a continuous pattern, the screen's hinges are removed so the panels lie flush with one another. We added a touch of magenta to the metallic copper paint for a rosy hue.

When stenciling, pat the sponge in a dab of paint, and blot excess on the palette. Then apply paint in thin coats, taking care that it doesn't drip or pool, until the area is covered. If a design requires several colors, use a separate sponge for each. You may opt to adjust a paint's transparency or mix hues.

Resources: 3-inch sea sponges,; Foil wallpaper in Aluminum,; 8.2-by-9.6-inch vintage range Lace Repeat stencil,


  • Multipanel folding screen (hinges removed), covered with gold wallpaper
  • 24 ounces acrylic paint in metallic copper and 2 to 3 ounces in magenta
  • Jar with lid
  • Palette knife
  • Small sheet of glass (palette)
  • Lace stencil
  • Natural sea sponge


  1. Step 1

    Lay panels side by side on a covered surface. Mix paints in jar. Prepare palette with some paint, leaving remainder covered in jar. Place stencil in upper-right corner.

  2. Step 2

    Use sponge to apply paint to stencil. Let dry 3 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Shift stencil to the left, using the transparent pattern on stencil as a placement guide. Paint as in step 2. 

  4. Step 4

    Below the first painted area, stagger stencil to the right, so its left edge aligns with the center of the pattern above it. Paint as in step 2.

  5. Step 5

    Continue painting, alternating placement across and down to create staggered, bricklike rows (to minimize lag time as paint dries).

  6. Step 6

    Reattach hinges.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008



Reviews (1)

  • carolviriato 31 Aug, 2009

    I wanted to know where to buy the screen to make this project???