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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Removing paint and Sharpie with home methods instead of paint stripper? on: October 06, 2010 01:40:02 PM
Hello all Smiley So I have a wall in my room that had sharpie on it (a good deal; people wrote phrases and drew pictures) and it was then painted over. Yes. I realize that it doesn't cover because the latex doesn't adhere to oil-based markers. >.<

So I was wondering if any of you had luck with home-methods of removing sharpie, such as nail polish remover or hand sanitizer. I really don't want to buy paint stripper as my dad will be PISSED if he finds out.

If this can't be done (I'd do trial and error right now but we're out of remover!) is there such thing as oil-based wall paint, and if so, where can I get it? How does its price compare to normal paint?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Letter to a Penpal Help! on: September 18, 2010 03:16:05 PM
My friend and I decided that we wanted to be pen pals. I live in Massachusetts and she lives in Chicago. Since we're both using regular envelopes to write to each other, the stuff has to be fairly flat/small. My envelope is 5x7" and so far I have the letter itself, an origami heart, one of my senior pictures, and a piece of homemade bubble paper. She likes the color blue and she's a recovering anorexic. Do you guys have any ideas of creative things I could do? Thanks for your help Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Sticky stuff that won't come off! *URGENT* on: October 24, 2008 06:25:19 PM
A while back, I got inspired by a multipurpose board on here and put up a 4'x4' white board/bulletin board grid on my wall. The white/cork boards adhered to the wall using a sticky, sort of double-sided tape with foam in the middle.

It won't come off the wall now that I've taken them down.

Short of scraping it all tediously, is there anything I can do?

Note: I've got the foam part off, but the sticky part is still stuck to the wall.

ANY advice would be appreciated, THANK YOU!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 16 y/o Bedroom Ideas! on: October 24, 2008 12:16:28 PM
I'm sixteen and aspiring to become an interior designer. I often reflect this in how I decorate my room.

For my sixteenth birthday, I got http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00117613 for my bed.

However, my room is a bright lime green, so the dots in the centers of the flowers don't exactly match.

What I wanted to do was paint http://www.forma-azione.com/Mondrian.jpg onto one of my bedroom walls (the one up against my bed), using the primary colors found in my bedding plus the paint already in my room.

I also want to talk to my parents about getting new furniture from IKEA, seeing as that's my favorite store and I hope to come out with my own line of furniture, linens, bedding, home accessories, etc. that will be sold there. (Either there, or Crate&Barrel.)

Any other possible ideas, anyone?
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Monster energy drink Tabs on: July 05, 2008 05:45:27 AM
I have
9 blue ones with the little M on them
2 green
17 normal blue.

Any ideas?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / bookshelf ideas plus other decorating ideas. on: December 08, 2007 07:39:31 AM
I am absolutely ADDICTED to books... I own HUNDREDS of them, seriously. A good 300 are in storage at the moment (they're the Baby-Sitter's Club series that I read when I was younger - it's my dream to collect them all even though I outgrew them a few years ago) and I have about 150 on a bookshelf.

I have two main problems with the bookshelf:
1. It does not fit my style whatsoever.
   My bookshelf is simple, dark wood. It's too, I don't know, old fashioned, I guess? I just hate the wood. I like more modern, eclectic styles (don't mind my spelling!) and this just doesn't fit.
2. It does not hold all my books.
    The most practical thing to do would be to get rid of some books... but I love them all too much! So I kind of want something with more space.

If I have to, I'll just paint/stain the shelves white, but I REALLY want something more modern looking. Does anyone know where I could find a cheap bookshelf (other than Ikea because I don't know if my parents will let me order one online.) I want something that isn't tall, but rather long and wide because of the space I have.

Oh, and ONCE AGAIN, I am redecorating my bedroom, and also my closet. my closet is about 2x3 feet and I need storage in there... right now I have a wood shelf, a rod for hanging clothes, plastic drawers for shelves, and a shoe hanger thing. Any other ideas?

My room is going to be green, black, white, and pink, with a modern theme. Ideas would be greatly appreciated.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / My Bedroom Is Chaos... HELP! on: October 20, 2007 08:35:39 AM
I have a few posts up here of my chaotic bedroom. It's about 10x10 with a small part about 3x3 jutting off where the door is, and the walls are cluttered with pictures, posters, etc. It looks cool... but it's no longer the effect I want.

I want to go with something more modern and less cluttered and chaotic. I'm thinking of painting every other wall black and keeping the rest lime green. I want the main colors to be green, black, white, and silver, but with the occasional bright pink accent to make it stand out. Most of my furniture is wood, and I don't think I can paint over any of it.

I need a room where I can relax and do homework (btw, I am a freshman -.-), but I really want it to reflect my personality. I also want it to be a bit flexible, as I change my room frequently.

My interests (to give an idea): MUSIC - Linkin Park, Paramore, Drop Dead Gorgeous, etc. READING - anything & everything. ART - drawing, painting, origami, photography. ANIME! FENCING (but not as much as I used to)! INTERIOR DESIGN!

Any suggestions and advice would be great Cheesy
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Updated Bedroom (is insane!) on: August 25, 2007 07:07:56 AM
I posted a picture of my bedroom on here about 9 months ago.
The room's changed a lot since then.
Every time people come over, they tell me I should post pictures of my walls on photobucket.  Smiley
However, I'm taking everything down and redecorating a bit.
So I figured I should finally post the pictures:

Inspiration came from my bookmarked topics... especially the ones "MY ROOM'S NUTS!" and "what the inside of a rainbow looks like".

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Black Paint? on: August 23, 2007 06:33:50 PM
Right now, my bedroom walls are bright green and I'm in love with them. But I want to paint some of the walls black.
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That's how it would end up if I painted it. The room itself (minus the small part sticking out at the top) is about 10x10 sq ft.

-Would it make the room appear smaller/larger/longer/narrower?
-Anyone have experience with black paint or know any other posts on here that you could refer me to?
-What kind of gloss should I get? (Eggshell, satin, etc.?)
-How much paint? (Total... the area covered would be 15x15 feet at the MAX)

I want to TRY to do this for next Friday (the 31st) so please, post back soon if you can! Any tips would be appreciated!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Pillows/ Bag handle? on: March 06, 2007 02:50:16 PM
Two questions:

1. I have a bunch of t-shirts that don't fit/are out of use that I want to turn into pillows. But they aren't band tees... they're like, kind of the tight fitting ones, with shorter sleves. Is there a way to make the shirt an actual square without ruining the design of the shirt? (Yeah. I don't sew all that often.)

2. I have an old tie that I'm going to use to replace the handle of my messenger bag. Will it be able to withstand the weight of two to three large books inside of the bag? Or will the stitching not hold?

Please tell me if my posts don't make sense... lol... I'm not always the best at explaining things!! >_<
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