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Topic: HELP!!! Awful Wood Panneling, cannot paint!!!  (Read 1625 times)
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2005 11:58:14 AM »

you could always go for the harem tent type effect. you would need lots of fabric, though. but you could fasten long (we're talking 15-20 feet, i'd guess, depending on how much you'd like it to swag at the top) pieces of fabric to the center of the ceiling, then swag the material to create a blousy drape, staple it to where the ceiling and wall meet, then let the rest just hang down. the finished effect looks cool, and when all covered, the ceiling actually looks like the top of a tent.
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2005 12:29:33 PM »

oh lordy...i'm getting flashbacks of my parent's kitchen in the 80's...and believe me, painting it doesn't help that much.

I think you should embrace the pure cheese of it all - there's a bar here in the Lower East Side that is one of my favorites. It's called "Welcome to the Johnson's" and it's totally done up in 70's den-style: wood-paneling, gold-flecked mirror, tons of framed family portraits, plastic covered couches, glass tzotchkes (sp?), etc...just go down to salvation army and pick out some cheap stuff to accentuate the glory of it all...

if this is totally not your thing, just buy some fabric and stretch it like a canvas to make fabric panels that you can hang on the wall....
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2005 12:43:43 PM »

I'm also a member of the wood paneling club, but ours is in the kitchen, which makes draping cloth A Very Bad Idea. Instead, I've tried to tack up nature-themed postcards and art to embrace the woodsy-ness of it.

My boyfriend, the sicko, likes the paneling and wouldn't let me talk to the landlord about painting it over, sigh ... I'm just glad we don't live on the other half of the duplex -- they have paneling on their entire first floor.

Oh, and Welcome to the Johnsons is great -- I've gone there a few times when visiting friends in NYC. Great theme and cheap (even by my Ohio standards) beer.

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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2005 02:23:18 PM »

 i have the same problem but the hole house is that DARK crap and being 16 and  gonna live hear 4 a while longer  i thought about sanding the finish off and then calking the gaps in between each peace  is ther a ezer way  and if so can s/o plz plz plz let me konw
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2005 04:22:19 PM »

When I was a kid I used to love reading my parent's Terrence Conran's New House Book Roll Eyes, and there was someone who had draped a massive white silk parachute from the middle of their ceiling, and then tacked it up to the edges of the ceiling, and let it all hang down. The fan shaped bits of the parachute made it look really stylish. Unless you're lucky enough to find a silk parachute, which I admit is unlikely, you could make one out of muslin or curtain lining fabric or something. The shape looked really stylish.
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