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Maxis Painting Frames – Wood recolours

by plasticbox Posted 3rd Apr 2009 at 2:27 AM
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

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There are a few Base Game paintings that have separately recolourable frames – but to my surprise, no recolours for those seem to exist (at least, none that I could find).

So, I made some. Here’s ten wood frames for the Base Game “Transcendency” painting (800§) in various Maxis-matching colours. The wood textures are taken either from Maxis items, or from one of HugeLunatic’s Maxis-matching things, so chances are they’ll match *some*thing you already have. Black and White are shamelessly photoshopped.

For those who are eager to match things with scientific accuracy, here’s a handy list:

White – has a slight wood texture, not pure white
Whitewashed – texture from the white-ish Craftmeister bookcase, i.e. more wood and more texture than White (this one will probably also more or less match the Seasons off-white stuff)
Pine – texture is from a Maxis floortile (this is more yellow-ish than Ash; the difference is not really visible on the screenshots but enough to drive me up the wall in-game)
Ash; Oak – textures are from one of HugeLunatic’s Maxis-matching things
Pressed Pine – texture from the dark “BiblioFile” bookcase
Medium Polished – texture from the “Arghist Soldier” painting, thus matches the frames of some of the other paintings I made (here and here)
Mahogany – matches the EAxian sort-of-standard Mahogany (e.g. the Craftmeister bookcase), as well as HugeLunatic’s Maxis-matching stuff (it’s cobbled together from both)
Walnut – texture from one of HugeLunatic’s Maxis-matching things (I think this is roughly the same as the dark wood on the cheapest Maxis couch table)
Black – black wood

The "Medium Polished" frame is slightly glossy, the others are matte.

The photos on the screenshots are all from this post. The buildings on the photos on the screenshots and the screenshots of the buildings on the photos on the screenshots are by various awesome folks at mts2. For links to the creators of the buildings on the photos on the screenshots (as well as to the download pages of said buildings), please see that post.


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

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3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
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#3 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 3:51 AM
Very nice. I change my wood shades by sim age. It's just a thing I do. This will help. Hurrah!
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#4 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 4:12 AM
Awesome!!! I esp love the whitewashed frame!

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#5 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 5:45 AM
Nice! Yes it is rather strange it hasn't been done before (that I know of)
Test Subject
#6 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 5:50 AM
Good job! I love them!
Mad Poster
#7 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 8:16 AM
WOW ! Just exactly perfect to match with everything ! Fantastic ! Thanks a lot
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#8 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 2:56 PM
thanks, these are very useful
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#9 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 11:27 PM
Thank you! They look great!!
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#10 Old 4th Apr 2009 at 3:49 PM
Georgeus! Thank you for sharing.
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#11 Old 5th Apr 2009 at 6:53 AM
I've wondered why this wasn't done either off and on since I've had the game. Thanks for doing it and sharing with the community.
#12 Old 6th Apr 2009 at 3:50 PM
Thank you for these. They bring more color options into my rooms!

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#13 Old 11th Apr 2009 at 9:08 PM
I like, I like. absolutely fabulous.
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#14 Old 29th Apr 2009 at 6:26 PM
Thank you so much! I can always use more picture options.

ps. Your last paragraph made my brain hurt o.o
#15 Old 11th Jul 2009 at 9:26 PM
Thanks! These are great

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#16 Old 22nd Oct 2009 at 7:20 AM
Nice,you make Sims 2 more variant game and i give you A+!
Test Subject
#17 Old 29th Dec 2009 at 9:28 PM
lol it made me laugh couse it looked at first like the paintings in spongebob when he needs to paint a room of mr. crabs XD
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#18 Old 9th Jul 2010 at 12:38 AM
Yay! I never even noticed these pictures in the game (probably because of my unconscious avoidance of ugly things - that is, the frame color). Now I'll use them everywhere! Thank you so much!

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#19 Old 9th Jan 2014 at 4:29 AM
all smiles over here thanks!!
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#20 Old 28th Feb 2016 at 10:10 PM
Thank you