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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 9 Belts of Assorted Sizes and Tackiness on: December 23, 2005 06:10:58 AM
Man did I score big at work yesterday.  Grin

I work for JC Penney (department store, for anyone who doesn't know) in the Juniors clothing section.  A lot of our pants come in with belts on them, and occasionally, we have this weird thing happen where someone will decide to buy/steal a pair of pants but will leave the BELT behind. So we accumulate this pile of belts, which the employees (I just found out!) are allowed to take! Otherwise they just get thrown away.

SO, needless to say, I couldn't just leave this bag-o-belts sitting there, and I scooped the current pile up and brought it home.

NONE of these belts should be worn as they are. They're really, really ugly. lol Really weird, semi-tacky buckles, attached to colored, stamped pvc belts. It's more the combinations are bad than anything, but I still like them better for parts than as belts.
They're all random sizes, mostly smallish.
All of them (save one) are totally PVC, so no leather, which means the actual BELT parts are usable, IMHO.. (Yay!)
Two of them have buckles that might be useful to adorn something (not terribly tacky and actually kind of kewl looking).
One is rows and and rows of strung wooden beads, so I'm think I might take that one apart and use the beads for... something.
I was originally considering ripping them all apart for the hardware, but I'm not sure because there's still a lot of materials here to work with.

I wish I had a working digicam to give better ideas of what I've got, but if anyone has some ideas for what to do with these, I'd love the suggestions.  Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / help with contact paper on: December 15, 2005 11:02:10 PM
Okay, this may be really dumb of me, but can anyone give me some insight on working with contact paper?

I've never handled it, but have seen some great ideas on here that I'd love to try.
Does it pretty much work like wallpaper?
How hard/messy is removal?

We're in an apartment where we can't paint, but I'd love to cover some ugly cabinets etc., but I need to know if it's going to be a major hassle to take it off if/when we decide to move out. >_<
(If it's going to potentially make us lose our security deposit, it might not be worth it!)

If anyone could give me an idea on application/removal, I'd be quite grateful. Smiley
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