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Wallpaper Overlays: the Borders Edition -plus- a Maxis Border Hider file

by CatherineTCJD Posted 29th Oct 2010 at 6:40 PM - Updated 18th Nov 2021 at 3:58 PM by CatherineTCJD : Improved the mesh
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Please re-download, and replace the old mesh with this one - dated Jan, 18, 2014
New and IMPROVED version - thanks to Boiling Oil's info
I have changed the mesh to demand less attention from our sims; they will no longer see it as a valuable objets d'art *silly sims*
I also changed the room score so that using multiple overlays will not inflate the room score.
And, the files are a bit smaller now, without the above unnecessary garbage.
The GUIDs are the same, so please do not keep both meshes in your game; all recolors will still work.
The file names have been changed, so it will not overwrite, you must search and destroy the older mesh. Sorry about that
All files are compressed.

Original post below:
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...Dang, now you can even put a cozy Rooster border up in your Loggy Bottom Panelled kitchen! Uh, huh.

These are Wall-Overlays; cloned (and changed by me) from Pixelhate's Recolourable FullPoster "Wall Overlay - Wall Animation".
The below explanation is adapted/quoted from his post:
It's a full height 1-tile poster with Maxis recolors, the Mesh is static. It has its own GUID. The polycount is minimum: Faces: 2 Vertex: 4 - The smallest possible object!

It is base game and EP compatible, thanks to Numenor.
It can be found under Build/Architecture for FREE [I mean, why pay for something originally included - right?]

This just in: I've also added a version of the Mesh that will show up in your Deco/Misc category. If you do not have the Architecture tab in your build section (it came with one of the 2 last EPs) then PLEASE get this mesh!

I [both Pixelhate and myself are the 'I' here] didn't make this object, it's a gift to everyone from Numenor, passing through me, so all thanks and credits goes to him.
I'm only responsible for the recolours.

The above in-game picture shows a smattering of examples and the Main Mesh poster/overlay. Though the trims come from various EP/SPs, these are Base Game compliant. The walls shown in the pictures are from my Maxis-Matching Walls: UNTRIMMED .

These overlays are usable with ANY wallpaper/texture you choose. I've made them so you can continuously place multiple sections without having to go back to the catalog every time - useful when doing a whole room.

They work with windows and doors (etc.) - your sim will walk right through them like they aren't even there - the door will function exactly as it should. Pictures and other wall deco can still be hung. One peculiar note: if you are using a 'full' wall overlay (like the OFB Swirls) a door or window will not 'cut out' through the overlay. The sim will still walk/see through it, but it may look a little funny to you when they walk right through the design.

They are layer-able; so you can have a crown/border, chair-rail, and kick molding all on the same wall. See the 2nd example below with the multicolored stripes and also the pillars with the bow. To use overlapping overlays (especially needed on angled walls - shown in the 1st picture below) you will need the "MoveObjects On" cheat. I could not make non-cheatable diagonals work without stretching the texture. So, just stagger them in layers like I did in the picture.

Here are a couple of Mash-Ups - I think I got everything pictured... there are 50 borders, 11 chair-rails, 6 bow festoons, 4 OFB full wall decorations, and 4 faux pillars. Whew!!!

OOPS! I almost forgot the Hiders! With these Overlays you no longer need the corresponding EAxis walls cluttering up your catalog - right? Everything is included in the one EAxis Border Hider's file. Whether or not you have whichever EP/SPs - it is safe to use in any game configuration.

Please check my profile for moar of this Great Wall Project:
- Wallpaper Overlays - the Outside Edition - all the OUTside type wall trims... Tudor Tile anyone?
- Wallpaper Overlays - the Inside Edition - all the INside type wall trims... featuring wainscotting, panels, molding, etc.
- Wallpaper Overlays - the Border Edition - all the EAxis borders without their wall baggage!
- Maxis-Matching Walls: UNTRIMMED - custom plain walls for the few EAxis sets that did not have just "plain".
- Maxis wallpaper as wallpaper, not paint! And other Maxian wall - OMGs fixed! - minor catelog sanity, with major affect (especially when used with all my other Hider files!)

Polygon Counts:
Faces: 2
Vertex: 4

Additional Credits:
Credit to Pixelhate and Numenor for the idea and original mesh. Credit to EAxis for the textures; and credit to K8 at Parsimonious who's generous TOU let me tear apart some of her beautiful walls. Her "Royal Swag" and "Ballerina Bow" are used in the catalog thumbnail for the main mesh, and they are included in a bonus download file.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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CatherineTCJD_MESH-Border Overlays-DecoMiscIMP.zip | NEW IMPROVED version - find in the catalog under Deco/Misc.

Size: 43.2 KB · Downloads: 315 · 18th Jan 2014
43.2 KB 315 18th Jan 2014
CatherineTCJD_MESH-Border Overlays-ArchIMP.zip | NEW IMPROVED version - find in the catalog under Build/Architecture.

Size: 43.3 KB · Downloads: 487 · 18th Jan 2014
43.3 KB 487 18th Jan 2014
CGT-MaxisBorderHiders.zip | To HIDE the EAxis walls which now have corresponding overlays - safe for all EP/SP configurations!

Size: 10.2 KB · Downloads: 1,104 · 29th Oct 2010
10.2 KB 1,104 29th Oct 2010
CGT-K8-2BonusBorders.zip | Two non-EAxis borders: Orig borders from K8 at Parsimonious.

Size: 38.8 KB · Downloads: 1,215 · 29th Oct 2010
38.8 KB 1,215 29th Oct 2010
CGT-MaxisBorders.zip | EAxis Borders for ANY wall. Dont forget to GRAB the NEW Meshes!!!

Size: 1.22 MB · Downloads: 1,441 · 29th Oct 2010
1.22 MB 1,441 29th Oct 2010
CatherineTCJD_MESH_Borders.zip | OLD mesh!

Size: 141.1 KB · Downloads: 877 · 29th Oct 2010
141.1 KB 877 29th Oct 2010
CatherineTCJD_MESH_Borders-DecoMisc.zip | OLD mesh!

Size: 43.4 KB · Downloads: 802 · 29th Oct 2010
43.4 KB 802 29th Oct 2010
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
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#2 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 6:59 PM
This is really wonderful. Having the borders separate from the wall coverings is the correct way to do this; I've always been sorry that EA decided to do this the wrong way and it's nice to see that someone has fixed it. Thanks so much!
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 7:27 PM
Thank you! I agree (obviously )

I just wish there was a "neater" way to do this - this IS kinda cumbersome. But, the end result is what I wanted... *shrug* I concluded, until someone comes up with a way to add transparency to regular wallcoverings, this is gonna have to do.

I'm glad you like them. I hope people find them useful. :D

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#4 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 7:50 PM
Genius! Thanks so much!
Instructor
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#5 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 8:27 PM
Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Undead Molten Llama
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#6 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 2:05 AM
Ahhhhh, excellent. *eyes tilely-looking overlays speculatively, given my tile obsession of late* Like Mootilda said, this is totally the right way to do this. And I love that they're layerable. Excellent work!
Mad Poster
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#7 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 4:25 AM
Hiya iCad! And, I've been ogling all your tile goodies lately. I'm REALLY glad you like these. Are you gonna save me the askin' for permission part? (And the doin' all the work? Wait - I mean, "havin' all the fun" part?)

Er... I have another inside version - for kick, crown, wainscoting type trims; and also an 'outside' type version for stucco, Tudor, etc, trimmings. These other 2 flavors should be uploaded pretty soon. Just thought I should mention it *whistles mindlessly*

The reason for the 3 meshes is just to keep my files in order. (Someday I'm gonna separate my 200+ Jonesi blankets into solids, stripes, and prints on their own versions of their mesh too. ) OCD. Imagine what I could get done if my Simmies weren't here? ...nah.

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Catherine's MOUSE ~ Up/Recycled Jewelry
and Vintage Stuffeths
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#8 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 3:15 PM
Seriously awesome way to handle what Maxis f'd up so badly from the get go!

The "hider" for the (now happily redundant) Maxis walls is the icing on the cake!!

Thanks a bunch...and I am looking forward to the other mods in this series you mentioned!
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#9 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 7:06 PM
These are brillant, lots of thanks
Undead Molten Llama
#10 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by CatherineTCJD
Hiya iCad! And, I've been ogling all your tile goodies lately. I'm REALLY glad you like these. Are you gonna save me the askin' for permission part? (And the doin' all the work? Wait - I mean, "havin' all the fun" part?)


Don't encourage me, woman! Mainly because I need to finish this massive bathroom project that I started a while ago. *sigh* But I like the colors/mosaic patterns in those tile borders (and I don't have Lifestyle Stories), and now I kinda sorta really want some matchy bits. Walls and floors, at least. Of course, then I go on an EVERYTHING MUST MATCH, DAMMIT! kick, and then I start recoloring toilets and towels and counters and tub/showers and...this is how massive bathroom projects begin life. *laughs*

And hey, do what you like with my stuff. Just be prepared when my ego swells exponentially.

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Er... I have another inside version - for kick, crown, wainscoting type trims; and also an 'outside' type version for stucco, Tudor, etc, trimmings. These other 2 flavors should be uploaded pretty soon. Just thought I should mention it *whistles mindlessly*


Oh, I would LOVE those, the interior ones especially! I just got a request for kick/crown/chair rail/etc. trim walls in normal wood colors (as opposed to white or Maxis's ugly-wood-from-alien-planets colors). Plus I'm recoloring Maxis doors/windows in my wood palette and want some trim walls to match. Just last night I was thinking as I fell asleep about how in the world to work it, how to have a range of colors with a range of different trims without having to make 80 different versions of the same color wall. Overlays would CERTAINLY do the trick; I just have no clue how to make them. But if YOU'VE made them... Well, I could just make recolors and then folks could stick 'em on any wall they want, et voila! So when you put those up here, I'll download 'em in a heartbeat and start coloring/uploading. With your permission for the latter, of course.

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The reason for the 3 meshes is just to keep my files in order. (Someday I'm gonna separate my 200+ Jonesi blankets into solids, stripes, and prints on their own versions of their mesh too. ) OCD. Imagine what I could get done if my Simmies weren't here? ...nah.


Well, my real-life house would certainly be cleaner if I wasn't so busy making stuff for Sim houses! Ah well. That's what four teenagers (two of my own, two of my housemate's) are for: "You! In the green shirt! Go clean the bathrooms! And you! Go clean the kitchen. Yes, the oven, too, and for God's sake stop whining about it." *laughs* We consider it payment for all that we've done for them since...Well, since the moment they were conceived. It means she can paint ('cuz she's an artist), and I can...make stuff for Sim houses and, y'know, maybe do some practicing that I've been neglecting even though I've got concerts coming up, but...naaaaaaah. *laughs*

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#11 Old 17th Dec 2010 at 3:55 AM
Yes! Flat rectangles should be extremely low poly. What a very, very useful thingie. :D
Instructor
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#12 Old 27th Mar 2011 at 6:17 PM
I wanted to download this when it was posted, but I had to reorganize my DL folder first and now it's time. Yay! Thank you for this.
Test Subject
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#13 Old 4th Apr 2011 at 2:16 AM
"Catherine, I think I just fell in love with you." Modified quote from Coyote Ugly. But it is true, these are just...just...god where were these like 5 years ago? *huggles* I am kidding, thank you so much!
Mad Poster
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#14 Old 5th Apr 2011 at 2:24 AM
You are very welcome. ;-D
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#15 Old 28th May 2015 at 9:50 PM
/me grabs

These sets are great, thank you! The wall deco will be usable now. :)
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#16 Old 6th Mar 2016 at 11:10 PM
Thank You
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#17 Old 13th May 2017 at 6:19 PM
Thank you