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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2004 02:57:39 PM »

What a gorgeous little boy !! hes so sweet i could eat him rite up lol
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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2004 03:35:58 PM »

Good ideas!

Did you know that you can also use regular fabric starch to get fabric to cling to walls? There's a drawback of course, when moving the last thing one really wants to be doing is washing walls. However, if you're going to be there a while it could really be a good alternative to living with freaking Navajo White.
Another idea, attach three little eye hooks across the top of the wall, string some metal wire through and hang different fabrics (or or things) across as your decorating mood dictates.
OR staples - staple ephemeral fabric to the top of the wall and let it hang loose.
Rental walls are so hard to live with.
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2004 04:09:48 AM »

Rental walls are bad! In one of my old places, I used a washable magic marker and wrote poetry along the top of the walls to make a nice, colorful border in one of my bedrooms, and even after all the time, it still came right off on moving day... I agree with the mirror idea... it really makes space seem larger too!:)
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2005 01:10:11 PM »

anyone have photos of the fabric idea?
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2005 07:32:38 AM »

Good ideas!

Did you know that you can also use regular fabric starch to get fabric to cling to walls? There's a drawback of course, when moving the last thing one really wants to be doing is washing walls. However, if you're going to be there a while it could really be a good alternative to living with freaking Navajo White.
Another idea, attach three little eye hooks across the top of the wall, string some metal wire through and hang different fabrics (or or things) across as your decorating mood dictates.
OR staples - staple ephemeral fabric to the top of the wall and let it hang loose.
Rental walls are so hard to live with.


I've heard about that starch method before...I've always wanted to try it but there's another drawback as well.  The cost of the fabric!  Even if you bought $1/yard fabric (and managed to find a pattern you liked at that price Wink), you would still need yards and yards and yard to cover a wall.  At least that's a drawback for me, already paying such high rent...  Nevertheless, I've always been intrigued, and if I ever do try it, I'll definitely post photos.

As for the stapling - I've done this in several places in my current apartment and it works wonderfully!  The only problem are the little, regularly spaced holes that it leaves.  I'll definitely need to spackle when I move out!
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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2005 08:22:06 PM »

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spackle-schmackle! heh!
I know, I've thought of fabric being cost-prohibitive, maybe just one wall. I always hope I'll be at a yard sale and stumble on a half bolt of something amazing for ten bucks. Dare to dream!

I really think the eye-hooks and wire thing would be the most versatile. If you got tired of the fabric you could hang posters, or I used to have my vintage lingerie hanging around my room (though I never bothered to put up eye-hooks, just pinned stuff to the walls, not the best sollution.)
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2005 01:30:49 PM »

I know its been awhile since anyone posted here but I have found the same problems with my apartment and not being allowed to paint.  A good way to use that space (or any blank white wall) is to paint canvas and hang those.  You could use one large canvas or a multitude of canvases (sp?).  What's great about this is that you can change the colors of the canvas' for the particular mood you are in or according to season!  They take very small nails which are OKed by the landlord, and if they aren't you can fill them easily before you hand your keys back over to them!!!
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« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2005 06:51:53 AM »

There is an alternative to buying expensive fabric by the yard, but it takes a few extra steps.  Buy thrift store sheets!  Then bleach out and re-dye to your colour choice.  I am actually in the works of doing a batiqued wall in this method (I'm renting too).  I already did fabric on the walls of my bathroom, and it came out fabulous, even though I resorted to just using a staple gun for it.
I love your mantel though!  Mine's stone, so I can't do that *sigh*  But I'm thinking it could also work as a window valance.
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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2005 12:59:05 PM »

i imagine you're all done and settled and whatnot  buuuuuutttt..
if you put lights, like x-mas lights or a florescent light back in the nook and than put the fabric in front of that, it would glow-- depending on the type of fabric or else some thick paperish stuff and cut out shapes, like maybe fern shapes on green paper..... and you could leave the row of pictures there, too , i think. or if you put mirrors in there it would look bigger, if you so desire.
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