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« on: August 26, 2006 12:30:07 PM »

I love, love, love my apartment, but was bummed when the landlord told me I couldn't paint. So I got creative instead. Oh, and if I did this correctly, click on the picture to see the full size.

This is one of the walls in my living room. I bought cheap bedsheets (3 flat sheets) from a discount linens store and then pinned pleat into the top, much like curtains would look. I used a staple gun to attach to the top of the wall (I stapled the underside so that the fabric folds over and hides the staples). I used white christmas lights taped in straight lines to provide light behind the fabric. It provides really great mood lighting for watching movies by.

This picture isn't the best, but that's suede on my wall. I found a great deal on designer width suede. Once again I used my staple gun (I love any project that involves the staple gun) but this fabric is flush against the wall. I also used the extra fabric to cover the seats of my dining room chairs so that they match nicely. I think my dining room still needs a little work though.

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2006 04:08:02 PM »

I had, like, the exact same idea for what to do with my res room!
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2006 07:24:55 AM »

I LOVE what you did with the living room - putting christmas lights behind bedsheet curtains.  It's such a simple project but it looks AWESOME.  Makes the whole room look warm and cozy.  Boo to landlords who don't let you paint, but your creativity has definitely trumped your uninspired landlord!

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2006 07:28:36 AM »

i think it's funny that they say don't paint but put as many holes in the walls as you want! lol silly landlords.

« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2006 07:35:05 AM »

Oh, wow, that living room is sooooo gorgeous.  I'm such a Whedon geek; the first thing I thougth of when I saw it was "Innara's shuttle!"
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2006 09:12:05 AM »

That really does look cool with the lights behind it, kudos to you for coming up with that idea.  It's funny because I literally just finished painting my purple room white yesterday because I decided to paint even though I really wasn't supposed to and it was time to move Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2006 09:58:17 AM »

Oooh!  I want pretty curtainy walls!  I'm too clumsy to be allowed to own a staple gun, but maybe I can make some exceptions...

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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2006 05:41:12 PM »

Oooh.  That's very nice.  I have to agree with the previous posters.  Your red curtains are so lovely!  What a great idea!
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2006 08:32:16 PM »

the lights behind the sheets look wonderful!
seriously, i love it  Smiley

« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2006 12:21:20 PM »

I have been renting a LOOONG time and I never thought to just staple fabric to the walls! Hmmmmm. Ideas are already popping up!

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