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« Reply #40 on: February 13, 2004 05:31:26 PM »

One way to get things on the wall to add color or texture is to use a glue gun. It holds things on tightly with out damaging the surface so that you can get your deposit back.
« Reply #41 on: February 13, 2004 05:59:07 PM »

I would try the velcro for posters, picture frames (not to bulky) etc
& glue gun fabric pannels as well ...
they make brakets sold at garden centers for hanging palters on to brick walls, is there enough of a lip for these to work on your wall?
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« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2004 07:06:22 PM »

back when my husband was still my boyfriend, he lived in the dorms at ga tech and had this problem. everyone there got this blue tacky (as in sticky, not that it was in poor taste) stuff that was the consistency of clay or play-doh to put things up on their walls. obviously, you wouldn't be able to hang shelves with it, but some lightweight posters and stuff like that shouldn't be a problem.

when i had my first apartment and was also worried about not painting walls, i had this neat idea to get a a big sheet of paper (like for bulletin boards) and doing a mural. a trompe l'oeil like looking out a window into a garden or something would be really cool. sadly, i have zero drawing and painting skills, so i never did it. but i still think it was a cool idea! and it would be so lightweight you could put it up with masking tape without damaging the walls.

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« Reply #43 on: February 13, 2004 07:18:57 PM »

Buy cheap full-length mirrors, like the kind you hang on doors.  Make sure they're the kind with frames.  If they are a high enough quality, you can take the glass out, leaving just the frame, and staple pretty fabric into the frame.  Otherwise, cover the mirror itself.  Do this several times and then hook them together with hinges to make a screen.  Put the screen against the wall.

Now, can you put stuff in the ceiling?   Like hang stuff from the ceiling?  If so, you could suspend curtain rods on those little plant hooks, and put "curtains" in front of the walls.  I've seen this done in a number of rooms to wonderful effect.  Just make sure you're suspending from joists (like studs only for ceilings and floors) if you use any kind of heavy fabric.

Or, you don't have to hang fabric panels.  You could hang anything.  Beaded curtains would be another option, and I'm sure you could come up with others.

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« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2004 10:32:19 AM »

Ahh memories

My second year of university my room was just like that...then I hightailed it back to the burbs  Grin

I found fabric did wonders I used batiked fabric and stuck it to the walls (I used sarongs )...as did nice lighting(essential!!) and a photowall

With the photowall i didn't use that blue gummy stuff as it leaves grease marks...instead I made copies of the pics and stuck up them...

Also...maybe I'm just a big girl but I loved my throw pillows (still do)

Try to use as much colour (within reason) as you can..it cheered me up when looking at the gray
« Reply #45 on: February 18, 2004 12:08:03 PM »

 not sure if it would work on those types of walls, but when I was in dorm, (no tape, nails, tacks) etc. on the walls, we decided to attack our room with Crayola Washable Crayons Smiley

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 Have an art party with your friends and Crayola Washable Crayons~ Smiley

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« Reply #47 on: February 18, 2004 01:58:58 PM »

You can use liquid starch to "wallpaper" your walls with fabric. It just peels off when you move (wipe down the walls, no one knows...LOL)

Apparently this technique is used a lot in military housing.

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« Reply #48 on: February 18, 2004 03:51:10 PM »

wow, all these ideas are really awesome for gross rentals with whatever kind of walls.  

i used double-stick tape to put red ribbon up on my wall in a huge (like 2 ft x 3 ft) frame around a couple finger paintings a friend gave me (by her daughter).  it holds really well.  you could add bright, pretty stripes of ribbon at different heights.
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« Reply #49 on: February 18, 2004 05:06:58 PM »

depending on how long you plan to be there and whether or not you have a friend with a truck, you can get a sheet or a couple of sheets of sheetrock or particle board and put them up against the wall covered, like giant bulletin boards.  i did this holding the piece in place with a heavy base and my couch leaned up against it and it lasted without a worry for a year...though you have to be able to get it home and up without incident.  that's where the friend with the truck comes in.  Smiley

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