Creative Me: "Wow! How fun to personalize my space.
I should go grab some paint chips."
Logical Me: "Are you going to live there long enough to make the paint worthwhile?
Remember how much time and money you'll have to invest in this project."
Creative Me: "I suppose if I might only live there a year
or so painting isn't very economical."
I then stare sadly at blank, bare walls and wish for what could never be.
Although this same scenario played out with our current home, I couldn't get over the dark wood paneling on the back side of our cabinets that greets every visitor to our house. We hung some pictures as soon as we moved in, which did quite a bit to hide the ugliness, but it was really still a bit of an eyesore. Since painting or staining the wood wasn't really an option, I searched for some neutral, cute wrapping paper in the post-Christmas clearance bins at Target. To my happy surprise, I found a few rolls of this silvery paper for $2.50 each. I attached the paper with masking tape underneath and I cut off the excess with an Xacto knife.
I think one of the reasons I love this solution so much is because it took about 15 minutes, although a few more minutes probably would have guaranteed a bit of a nicer edge on the paper I cut. Sometimes I just get into a rush and I can't help myself :).
That bottom right picture shows where I cut a bit too fast and ended up paying the price. But you can't tell from a few feet back, so I'm not going to sweat it!
Do you have any great ideas you'd love to share to battle "Renter's Plight?"