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« on: August 07, 2003 06:14:33 PM »

Ok, I'm not sure if painting the walls of your house can be crafty but here goes!

A couple of weeks ago we began fixing up our kitchen and living room. Since they're joined, we wanted the paint on the walls to really define that one section was the kitchen and the other section was the living room. So, we painted the kitchen walls white with a foot high red border on top and the living room red with a foot high white border on top. It looks great but there's one wall in the kitchen I want to do something fun with. Here are my ideas:


I would love to hear your opinions on which one you like best. Heck, feel free to let me know that all of them suck and give me new suggestions! Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2003 06:35:57 PM »

Hey V,
I definitely think painting your house is crafty! I like all your ideas for painting actually. #4 is sort of the most understated, which might be good if you have furniture that's patterned or "louder." But, I think #1 is my favorite--people (myself included) never really take big chances with paint. . .and why not? If you hate it you can always paint it again (although, red paint is such a pain in the arse since it's low hide, but it's glorious).
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2003 08:00:20 PM »

Great ideas!  If only painting a room was as easy as photoshop-ing!

I recently saw -- where the heck did I see it -- a company that makes these giant low-adhesive, stick-on designs in cool designs/colors that you slap on your walls for a no-commitment way of decorating your walls.  I was reminded of these when I saw the 50s-ish boomerang idea you had.

I'll try to remember where I saw these...
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2003 08:12:25 PM »

Like this?

http://www.wallcandyarts.com/wallcandy_arts.htm

They're pretty cool. . . though, I know my lumpy walls would make these slide right off.

I think I saw another site that had simpler ones. . . can't remember where I saw that, though.

I know you can also go to sign shops and get some made (there's one on Broadway in Somerville near Teele Sq).

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2003 08:38:47 PM »

Tee hee, that site's cute. There's also another site that has geometric shapes that you can put up on your wall (circles, squares). They even have Space Invaders stickers! I considered making my own (there was a glitter thread a while back) but worry that the wall texture would get in the way.

The Circles Theme was my first idea but couldn't figure out a way to paint them up there. Painting circles free hand would be a pretty big pain in my arse.

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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2003 04:55:04 PM »

If you wanted to do the circles on the wall, there's a pretty easy way to get good, even circles, although near the ceiling, it may require, uh, getting creative with a ladder. My friend and I did this on her bedroom wall, but the circles were really little. It took ages to measure, but it looked really good.

It's a bit complicated to describe without pictures, but basically you start in the top corner of the room.

Beforehand, you have to decide the radii of your circles. Say you want the circle to be 12 inches across. Then the radius would be 6 inches across.

Where the wall and ceiling meet, measure 6 inches out from that corner, and make a mark. Next, where the wall meets the other wall, mark 6 inches down.  Then (it's best to use a level for this), draw a line straight down from the first mark, and straight across from the second mark, so that the lines cross in the middle. This is now where you would put the point of your giant compasses, or you can use a nail, a pencil, and soem string, to draw your circle.

Essentially, you just repeat the process with the other circles, it becomes easier to do when you've done the first one.  It requires a great deal more effort to measure the circles out, but the end result looks really good.

Hope this helps at least a little bit.

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2003 07:48:46 PM »

I like #1 best, but I think 2 and 3 are attractively retro kitchy. I think #4 looks slightly institutional somehow.

As far as the vinyl stickies, were people thinking of http://www.whatisblik.com ?
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2003 07:44:41 AM »

#1! I love it.
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2003 02:49:13 AM »

I wanted to thank you all for the suggestions about blik.  I just purchased 3 sets of the blik circles, although it looked kind of easy to make.  I was in Lowe's this weekend and saw a lot of vinyl squares in different colors that could probably be cut to make shapes to stick on the wall.  I was also thinking that some place there must be sold some cooler looking sheets of plastic or whatever that can be stuck on the wall.  However, they may not be as easy to remove as the blik stickers, so I was thinking about attaching them to posterboard or another type of medium that can be hung on the wall and easier to remove later if necessary.
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2003 04:24:08 AM »

I like #1 best..
it's adventurous and I bet will shock peoples socks right off when it's done!

and #4....is my second choice.  it's very clean and cool lookin at the same time... prolly a heck of a lot easier too!..

cant wait to see what you do with that blank canvas!!!!! have fun!  Grin
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