walls with fabric for rental decor
If you rent an
apartment or house, or even live in a dorm, you have probably
discovered that you are not permitted to paint the walls or
put any holes in the walls or ceiling. But if the plain walls
are driving you nuts, you can fabric the walls without leaving
any kind of footprint.
the height of your ceiling, and plan on adding an extra 3"
to that length. Then be sure to calculate how much fabric
you need based on the fabric width (it will state the width
on the bolt of fabric when purchasing). A salesperson at the
fabric store can help you determine how much you need.
Select a lightweight
fabric (such as cotton, gingham, chintzes. Stay away from
heavy fabric as it could pull away from the wall). If you
are picking a piece with a pattern, don't forget you will
need extra fabric, as you will need to match up the pattern
just as you would need to with wallpaper.
Prewash your fabric,
especially darker colors. When you begin putting it on the
walls, the color could run. Iron if neccessary before adding
to the wall.
Pour starch into
a paint roller tray, and use a thick pile paint roller for
applying the fabric. Put the fabric to the top of the ceiling,
and begin rolling starch starting at the top of the wall and
working your way down, adding more starch to the roller as
neccessary. Try and evenly saturate the fabric with starch.
Be sure to smooth out any bubbles or creases, otherwise the
fabric will dry with those bubbles and creases there. When
you reach the bottom, match up the edges with a new piece
of fabric and repeat process.
When it has thoroghly
dried, you can use scissors to trim the top and bottom edges
of excess fabric, as well as do a better trim job around any
windows you had to work around.
To remove, simply
peel back from the corner slowly and carefully. Use a damp
sponge on any parts that are not removing easily to release
the starch. Then wash walls as normal and your landlord will
never know there was anything on the walls!