Monday, August 24, 2009


So, as some of you may have gleaned from my last post, I am now living in a new rented apartment. The walls are white and off-white and because it is a rental, I can't paint. I know, bummer. So I've been trying to come up with alternatives to painting that will bring some color into my new space. Here's what I've come up with so far:

The above picture is actually a paneling made of duct tape. And while black isn't a color I want to surround myself with, I know from my duct tape prom dress fiasco that the stuff comes in tons of other colors, even neon pink! And, actually, I bet the classic silver would be really cool looking, too. {Apartment Therapy How-to}

These "frames" are painted on, but the same effect could easily be accomplished with colored masking tape or painter's tape. I think it's a cool way to add some interest, but not a lot of color. {Apartment Therapy}

Can you tell what those stripes are? If you said paint, you haven't been paying attention, and you definitely missed my genius post-title. Nope, it ain't paint, they're crepe paper streamers! This wouldn't be a good idea for a high traffic wall because they're only secured with a piece of double-sided tape at the top and bottom, but it would be great behind a couch or bed or something. It'd be fun to do a plaid or checkered pattern, too. {Apartment Therapy}

And that brings us to my last and favorite paint-free option: Removable wall paper!

That's right! Temporary, non-permanent, wallpaper. There are tons of cute colors and patterns. The only negative is the price (averaging $70 a roll!). But, I imagine it's just like contact paper, which they have at dollar stores and can sometimes come in cute, non-country apple patterns. I'm gonna be on the look-out and if any of you find a cute one, let me know! {Apartment Therapy}


sarah said... has some great re-stik graphics that will add color, but not mess up the walls when you decide to change it up or move.

Felicia said...

I love all of these creative ideas! I never would have guessed crepe paper. You are going to have lots of fun!

jessica said...

I've painted in a rental before which was cool with the landlord as long as I painted it back to white before I moved out. Ask your landlord if that would be ok. You might be surprised and it doesn't hurt to ask, eh?

judy said...

Target has a polka dot contact paper in shades of blue. I used it to cover some cracked glass Ikea lamps. Cute!