Post # 1
Hello Bees! I need some suggestions and advice. I’m having my reception in an old one room school house. Charming, but not the prettiest place. My mom and I have been trying to come up with ideas to make the place more attractive. In my opinion the biggest problem area is the longest wall in the place that has the original blackboard and two large portraits of Washington and Lincoln. The locals that keep up the place have put an awful looking set of vertical blinds over the blackboard, so anything that we would do would have to go over that. We cannot take the portraits or anything else off the walls. I’ve recently seen ribbon walls and I’m thinking that may be a way to go, but I’m not sure it would be cost effective to cover the whole wall. Any ideas for a way to make it work and be less expensive? Or does anyone have a cheap place to find ribbon? I’ve thought of alternating tulle and ribbon, but I’m not sure how that would look. Here are two pictures showing the wall I’m talking about. As I’m uploading these I realize I forgot about the strange greenery hanging on the wall too.
Any ideas or advice?
Post # 3
yeah, cover up a wonderful chalkboard that is most likely original to the building with horrendous vertical blinds. Very classy. ugh to the owners.
Do you want to be able to show the wall at all, or are you hoping to cover all of it? If covering, you can look into pipe and drape systems. That will cover the whole wall.
Post # 4
Are you allowed to uncover and use the chalkboard? Do you know anyone artistic who could create a personalized chalk mural for you?
Post # 5
I love Sugaree’s suggestion to doa chalk mural.
I’m having to hide an unsightly electrical box at my venue and I am planning on going to Lowes to buy two trees lol. You could maybe buy a tree and then turn it into a wishing tree perhaps!
Oh and Micheals always has ribbon on sale (for like a $1) and on top of that, they always have 40% off coupons or 20% off your entire purchase! You can also try googling buying ribbon in bulk and see what you come up with!
Post # 6
The ribbon spools at Michaels are small. On Efavormart.com, there are 100yard spools of ribbon for $4.
Post # 7
I thought about using the chalkboard if we could, but I would still have those horrible blinds on the sides to deal with. Even the lady that showed me the place said that she hated them and has suggested other ways to deal with it, but the men have all voted her down. She used the space for her daughter’s birthday party and put up a white bed sheet to cover it and placed pictures on the sheet. I’m thinking a ribbon wall covering the whole wall would be too expensive, but maybe just a smaller one for the chalkboard area would be nice. I’m hoping I can add some silver decoration to the greenery things on the wall and use them to my advantage. Still not sure what to do about the portraits.
Post # 8
*wrinkles her nose a little at the strange plants*
Those are some..strange random plants growing out of the wall. Lol
I think if you can use the chalkboard, you could try covering everything but the chalkboard an use to your advantage. A ribbon wall with a cutout of the chalkboard could look sweet.However, I think the plants may stick through a bit and disrupt your created wall.
So you may consider creating a false wall of some kind that sits about 4-6 inches away from the wall just making it look like the room is slightly smaller. No plants poking through. You could still do ribbons if you used a stable frame of some kind.
Other option, if you can’t make those ideas work is to live with what you have,but dress it up. Add some of your own flowers mixed in with the wall plant. Attach some ribbons on the upper part of the blind base and let ribbons hand with the blinds. Justremember to take it all down later. 🙂
Edit:how much trouble wouldyou get into if you had someone take those blinds down and put them back up when done? :3
Post # 9
I thought this post might be helpful as it gives you soome idea of how much ribbon is required, in this case to make an 8 ft ribbon wall.
Another idea might be to cover the whole area with super large paper flowers
Otherwise I might consider getting some freestanding lattice panels to place in front of the entire wall
Post # 10
@Ashenstar: It says in the contract I signed that we are not allowed to remove anything from the walls. That’s why I’m trying to figure out something to do to work with what’s there. Believe me, my first thought was to take those portraits down, but then I read the contract. I would do it anyway, but the man that is the caretaker lives just next door and I would hate to have him come in to check things out and see what we did and be upset.
Post # 11
If ribbon is too much get some opaque white or colored tool and hang that up on the wall.Roughy it up a bit so it has gentle pleats in it Place some Christmas liguts under it ( the icicle ones work fabulous for this) it looks so pretty once itit’s done and you can bunch up some of it on top. If I can find a picture I wllpost later
Post # 12
@sparkleeyes. Oh boo. Well, think the lattice wall may be a good idea. You could even weave long strips of fabric/ribbon/ or pretty paper. You probably know someone who has extra garden lattices or could even make them pretty cheaply.
If not, bring some stick on mustaches, eye glasses and hats for your presidental portraits. 🙂
Post # 13
Instead of buying a boatload of ribbon, you can get fabric by the yard, and rip it into strips, much cheaper.
The other alternative is to go to thrift shops and find a bunch of old curtains and either cut them into strips, or just hang them as they are across the room.