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Topic: "A HAPPY MEDIUM" for decorating!?!?!? Impossible! PLEASE HELP!  (Read 653 times)
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« on: February 05, 2008 07:05:40 AM »

****EDIT**** This should be in the interior dec questions, I misposted it and don't know how to move it. Sorry!


So, I have been racking my brain as well as doing extensive searches on here and google for how to decorate my apartment. I saw the thread about "no paint" options, which helped to an extent.

But I have 2 problems:
1) I live in a rental and cannot paint over the INCREDIBLY dull cream/white/dirty paint
2) I live with my boyfriend who IS a painter (home painter - not artist painter) and he believes color variations to be china white, linen white, etc.



There is a picture of part of the BIG open wall, that I need to do something about. You can see the heater in the lower left corner, and the burn marks on the wall above it. This means I CANNOT put anything on the walls until about halfway up.

I am thinking of a mid-wall border. I thought of tissue papering poster board along the wall just to seperate and add color. He doesn't like that idea.

Now I am thinking of "framing" (putting a piece of painted wood above and below) a long stip of neutral fabric, just to break the wall up a little bit.


I don't know how this will work, or if there are better ideas that would suit the taste of a painter (he doesn't like it looking "crafty" he likes it looking meticulous.)

Any ideas?? Thanks if you actually read all of this, and I appreciate any help!
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008 07:47:53 AM »

what about covering the walls in fabric?  i haven't done it, but i've seen it done & it's supposed to be fairly simple, easy to remove, & not harm the walls at all.  other than that i suggest tying him up & suiting youself!
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008 09:12:51 AM »

Hi!

How about hanging up random words here and there to spice it up:
Words
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213298.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=213298.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc
(the second link filters it for just the pics)

That can add colour and interest and fun!  You could put up one word, or many.  I find that if you hang things on the wall, you don't notice how yucky the paint is!  And the landlord will probably let you re-paint the wall the same color, so it looks newer/tailored/nicer, etc.  Ooooh, and you could use those 3M removable sticky hooks to hang them!

Or do a mixed media like this oriental them wall:
Wall
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204453.0

Probably not a good option because of the fire hazard, but you could use different materials.

I have both of these threads bookmarked as "I hope to do one day".  Man, my bookmark page is HUGE!

Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008 09:28:24 AM »

what about covering the walls in fabric?  i haven't done it, but i've seen it done & it's supposed to be fairly simple, easy to remove, & not harm the walls at all.  other than that i suggest tying him up & suiting youself!

I wanted to try this, but for some reason thought I'd have to do the whole wall, or bottom half of the wall. But after reading a 14 page thread (working hard!!) I got the idea, maybe I could starch just the border. Then decorate with art above that halfway mark. I just hate the idea of having a few pictures, and the rest of the wall blank and BLAH!! Have you seen any finished projects using this? I have only heard the idea, not seen it done...I'm beginning to think it's an urban legend!!


Hi!

How about hanging up random words here and there to spice it up:
Words


Good luck!

Thanks for the ideas! I like the words (though I couldn't see the pictures) My roomate moved out leaving us now with an extra bedroom. (my soon to be crafting room) We're going for a dive bar/pub theme (pabst signs, etc) but maybe I could incorporate some hanging words there!

You guys got me thinking! Thanks so much for the response!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008 01:08:51 PM »

Thanks for the ideas! I like the words (though I couldn't see the pictures)

I just love the pics, so I wanted to share:




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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008 08:08:11 PM »

Something must have been acting funny with my computer because I checked the link later and saw the pictures. I love them and ran around showing everybody!! I'm trying to think of a way to use it! Thanks for the link
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