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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2005 05:45:29 PM »

Most of the apartments I've lived in have had the no painting rule.  And... I've painted anyway.  I just hate white walls so much.  I figure as long as you paint them back to white when you move out, no one's the wiser. 
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2005 09:11:30 AM »

As long as you don't need your landlord to come in and fix anything. You never know what might break and if you'll get busted and fined if someone sees it.

(i'm such a goody-two-shoes, haha)
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2005 09:26:23 AM »

Another crafter came up with this gem: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29428.0

I tried it in my office and it worked like a charm.  I get tons of compliments.  I can't do it in my apartment, though, because my landlords are super vigilant about holes in the wall, etc.
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2005 09:30:28 AM »

I have used rubber cement to hang wrapping paper as wallpaper before. Just check the type of paint......sometime the rubber cement will leave a "grease mark" on the paint that doesnt want to be painted over easily. I have also seen people hang fabric on walls with powdrered starch. You soak the fabric in a starch solution and hang it like wallpaper. The girl that did it swore that the fabric peels right off and the starch solution will just wash off of the walls when you move. I didnt see that part for myself, so don't hold me to it.
I have also used a bizarre arrangement of small ceiling hooks (the holes disappear into nasty popcorn textured ceilings) placed right against the wall with dowel rods hanging across them ( like tiny curtain rods) to hang lightweight things from. That way you dont leave a million holes in the walls and they never seem to check the ceiling unless you take a chunk out of it.
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2005 07:55:58 AM »

ohh...

I might have to test out that starch thing...It might work...

as for that ribbon thing...its not really mine and mikes style....although it is a neat idea...maybe for our bathroom or something.

thanks for the help guys....ladies..
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« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2005 12:23:54 PM »

my friend had the same problem. He just hung up some of those bamboo beach mats. He just put up plain ones but it'd probably look really cool if you painted or stenciled some neat images onto em. But even the plain ones w/ the coloured trim looked better than plain white walls.
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« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2005 04:32:26 PM »

oh I like the bamboo idea.

awesome

thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2005 06:17:04 PM »

I don't know what your apartment looks like, but i have found that bright, fun curtains make a HUGE difference in the "white wall" department.  and even if you don't have any actual windows, you could always hang a big poster or photo and hang curtains around it like a window. 
Other than that - i don't have too many suggestions for you..yet! Wink
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« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2005 01:14:51 PM »

For me, I have enough stress surrounding a move without having to worry about repainting the walls white again!

On our rented walls we've hung batik wall hangings (actually, I think they're sold as sarongs, usually in little kiosks in shopping malls). All I did was clip on caf curtain rings on either corner and hung them on nails....very easy way to add colour!
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