Published on May 20th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Magic fabric

Materials: 6.5 yards of Majken fabric

Description: I folded the fabric directly in half and cut down the fold, making the two panels.

To hem each side, I used Stitch Witchery. I followed the steps on the back of the packaging to adhere the 1/2″ hem on each side. No sewing machine for this project!

I stapled one end of each panel to a thin 1×4″ (only $2!) that my husband cut down slightly narrower than the width of the panel.

Then I coaxed him into using our extension ladder to scale the 18 foot wall, all the way up to the ceiling and screw the 1x4s into the wall. To make his life easier, and less death defying, he pre-screwed about five screws into each piece of wood so that he could use one hand to hold the 1×4 on the wall and the other hand screw the screws in. After securing one screw, he said that is was much easier to screw the others in because he didn’t have to hold the panel up anymore and could put all of his force into the other screws.

One little tool that made the hanging process a breeze was this little laser level that I bought for him a few years ago. Rather than measuring placement on the wall at the top of the ladder, we propped this guy on the mirror and he beamed a straight and level line all the way up to the ceiling.

A short while later, both panels were hanging and after about 30 seconds of staple-gunning were tacked to the wall.

See more here. Also check out Jessi’s Poang chair repainting and Bonde TV unit turned sideboard.

~ Jessi @ The Design Slice, Chicago, Illinois

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7 Responses to Magic fabric

  1. Angela says:

    We have thd same height ceilings! I LOVE this idea!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ugh, painted outlets. The problem is, every time you insert a plug you chip off paint because it does not adhere well to the plastic, so when you repaint, you have to replace the outlet cover and the actual outlet. Otherwise, I agree, it’s annoying that white outlets stand out so much. I wish you could buy them in more colours. However, I’ve found the chocolate brown ones go nicely with darker walls.

    Great project. I can’t believe how high your room is! At first I thought you had those mirrors reallllly low :)

  3. Ragan says:

    This is a great idea and definitely brilliant way to accentuate the height of the entry way, adding drama!

  4. David says:

    Agree with what was said earlier…. I’ll be cutting the 1×4 into a “French cleat” style bracket – rip it lengthwise at a 45 degree angle. Then have one side nailed to the wall and you can then place the other side onto it with the fabric attached. It can be easily removed to change out fabric panels….

  5. Jessi says:

    Thanks all! It was an amazing transformation and totally makes the room :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very, very nice! It looks great.

    Couple of thoughts: paint that outlet to match the wall! And a more easily changed/installed option would be to put screws or hooks in the wall and holes/hangers on the board so it could be lifted on/off.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love this! It would be fairly easy (not so much for the husband!) to change this when a new look was wanted!

  8. Daniel says:

    This is a very innovative way to accentuate the height of the room. Love it.

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