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J Phipps TN

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Jul 14, 2004
Kingsport TN
Oh have I got a mess. The paint looks wonderful but man, is my shop a disaster!
I had no idea how much was involved in this.

Did you know that Spiders love frame shops :eek: !!!

I've never seen so many webs behind cutters and display shelves.

This is the first paint job in 5 years. I wish I had carpet on the walls. I bet most of you do.

Oh but the colors are beautiful and if smells so fresh and new!!

I did each wall in a different color and it looks great.

Jay, you are the one who inspired me. I loved the way your shop looked and I needed to paint anyway so I just went close to the colors you used, Gold, Sage, and Red.

I do so love playing "shop"! :D
I just ordered a unit which will be placed in our lot so we can empty the shop. Having dry wall put up then we are going to paint. Does any one know the name of the fabric many have put on
the walls to hold the mouldings. Or do you think
carpet is the way to go.
I used "Boat" carpet in the show room. It works great, except when we did a show, I went back and bought the exact samething (I thought) and it didn't work at all,
so test it before you buy. Take samples with you to see if it strong enough. I used black. Test any carpet, because some work and some don't!
I used what Tim suggested and the bonus for me was that there is a major distributor 4 blocks from my house.

I walked in to order some and they didn't know what to do. They get all their orders from the internet and I was the first flesh and blood customer they got.

If you use 3m 77 adhesive spray to glue it to plywood (like I did) let it dry thoroughly BEFORE you start hanging samples on it.

BTW the material looks great.

I'm happy for you Jen, make the place feel fresh and new and your customers will notice.
I attached the fabric to MDF/particle board that I primed first. I used carpet adhesive applied with a roller. I don't like all the smell and overspray from spray adhesive.
I would love to send pictures but I truley have no clue where to even begin. I am so stupid when it comes to computers.
That is one of my goals for the next year! To be able to post pictures!
What Tim said!!! I use 4x6 mdf boards, ordered my velcro fabric and glue from United. It was the best price I could find for the fabric. Their glue was especially designed for that use and it worked really great. Just be sure to cover nearly every square inch. I then screwed these beautifully covered boards into the wall. It gave a really nice clean look.
I have sections around the store that are about
4 x 6 and was planning to mount the fabric to the board then the board to the wall. Will paint first.
Didn't mean to jumb onto Jennifers post just wishing I was watching the painters leave.
O, wait I am the painter.
Medium gray, short loop commercial carpet. Have carpet professionals use their super carpet glue to adhere it directly to the sheetrock. It's worth the small charge to have them do it rather than wrestle with the heavy stuff yourself and then you can end up with almost an entire wall without a seam. The labor will be less than the cost of mdf sheeting to adhere the velco.

I've heard that the velcro fabric doesn't wear nearly as well as the carpet.

BTW: The painters just finished the outside of our building. This is the first time that I have heard of someone color-matching 17 years of faded paint so that the newly painted building looks exactly like it did before they painted it. Not the first reason in the world for passing traffic to notice a difference.
If you put up 1/2" ACX plywood instead of sheetrock, it's a lot nicer to nail into time and again as you change out gallery.

Of all the choices for carpet on the wall, I still like the hard twist, close nap and cheap price of the blue-gray in-door/out-door carpet at Home Depot... It's 12' wide and about $3.50/running yard.
I like carpet too. The fabric doesn't wear as well as carpet. Carpet also helps block noise and it hides nail holes.
I disagree that the fabric doesn't wear as well if you buy a high quality material such as FrontRunner.

A great source for the different fabrics is:

They also have a large closeout area at great prices. If you buy a closeout, be sure to buy extra fabric for unforseen uses.

In addition to mounting the fabric on walls, I take 1/2" fom-bord and 3M Spray 77 adhesive the fabric to the board for panel displays.

I also use it as a cover on one of my design counter which has a slight incline. It stops moulding samples from sliding takes Scotchguard well too.

Check with local exhibit houses...the ones who make custom trade show exhibits...they often have left over velcro fabric which they are happy to unload for a cheap price.

The fabric is intended for this type of is very light weight, wears extremely well if you buy a good quality (I've never noticed wear on any FrontRunner fabrics after many years of use).

You can even mount light weight shelving and plexi literature displays on it.

Dave Makielski
Another moulding display solution I've found is to use fabric covered office display dividers...the kind that are free standing when put into a corner type configuration.

I use them in my window displays and as end caps. They make a great versatile backdrop in windows when placed on a platform in front of the windows (I use large flat files as a platform to utilize every square inch of space).

Be sure to test the fabric before purchasing for its hook-loop holding power.

When bought new, they are very expensive. They can be had for next to nothing when a company closes its doors or rehabs its space.

Dave Makielski
Originally posted by j Paul:
You need to be sure of the fire resistant rating on fabrics and carpeting.
I don't want this point to be overlooked.

Your local fire code may not allow carpet on walls. Here in Baltimore County any wall covering must be rated to meet specific flammability tests.

I had already cut a depoosit check to a local fabric installer when I found this out...just in the nick of time.

I ended up with acoustical fabric which looks almost exactly like the indoor/outdoor that Baer mentioned, but it costs twice as much and comes with a flame rating certificate to show the county inspector when he comes around.