Painting, I've Been Naughty...

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    Apr 04, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    Question for RJers who live in an apartment and are not allowed to paint... Basically, I've lived in this apartment 2 years now. Walls are all white, and I want to paint at least one wall even though I was originally told by my landlord I'm not allowed to paint and it is in my lease as well. But, how much trouble can I actually get into as long as I paint it back when I leave? My landlord has never stopped by my apartment, only people who have seen it would be maintenence and they arent really in contact with my landlord it seems.

    I know it sounds silly, and yes I know there are other things I can do to decorate but I have mostly concrete walls as I'm on the basement level so options are limited.

    So basically I just want to know, have you ever painted when you were told not to, what was the outcome. Or, if you are a landlord and have come across this situation, how much trouble will I really get into? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 05, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    You're breaking your lease agreement which they can kick you out for after you've paid for someone to paint the walls back to the original colour (usually taken from your bond).

    And they will get a qualified painter to repaint it even if you offer to because real estate can be very pedantic about doing things by the book (it's their arse on the line) so it could cost you a lot just for a pretty decoration. You never know when they will spring an inspection on you (for new tenants/owners) but they should give you at least a 24 hours notice which isn't much time to paint a wall and let it dry.

    How about taping wallpaper to the wall? Or sticking thick paper to it and drawing on it? Or get a lamp and cut shapes out of the shade to make a wall shadow?
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    Apr 05, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    jim_e saidYou're breaking your lease agreement which they can kick you out for after you've paid for someone to paint the walls back to the original colour (usually taken from your bond).

    And they will get a qualified painter to repaint it even if you offer to because real estate can be very pedantic about doing things by the book (it's their arse on the line) so it could cost you a lot just for a pretty decoration. You never know when they will spring an inspection on you (for new tenants/owners) but they should give you at least a 24 hours notice which isn't much time to paint a wall and let it dry.

    How about taping wallpaper to the wall? Or sticking thick paper to it and drawing on it? Or get a lamp and cut shapes out of the shade to make a wall shadow?

    Agree with all above. Plus almost all fresh interior paint emits odors. If that smell reaches any of your fellow renters (you'll prolly have keep your windows open for your own good), and someone wants to be a busy-body bastard and report you, or a property manager happens to notice it, you're screwed.
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    Apr 05, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    You've got concrete walls, which makes it hard to hang pictures, but you can use 3M hooks that will come off easy when you move.

    What you can do instead of painting the wall is check out thrift stores to find old paintings. You can usually get them cheap. Paint over them with the color or colors you want and hang them in an arrangement on the wall as a feature. You can be blank, pre-stretched canvas but it's more expensive. You might also be able to do something similar with pre-cut masonite or luan boards from a home improvement store, but they will need priming first.
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    Apr 05, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    These are all good suggestions, I didnt think about the odor that might come from painting and good thing you mentioned it since my property manager lives one floor up and hes a crotchety old man who is always unhappy about something. I like the wallpaper idea but I cannot use the 3M hooks because of the hot/cold air flowing through my minnesota basement, they unstick really quick because of condensation or something. Tape barely works even. But, wallpaper is a good idea and im gonna go with that!
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    Apr 05, 2010 2:49 PM GMT

    Wait, wallpaper requires a lot of glue that will end up all over those walls you're not supposed to paint!

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    Apr 05, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    Worst case scenario: You get evicted.
    Best case scenario: The cost of repainting is deducted from your deposit when you leave...along with a bad reference.

    But as they say: "Sometimes it's easier to get forgiveness than permission."
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    Apr 05, 2010 3:53 PM GMT
    yeah, DON'T glue the wallpaper down! just stick it on with some kind of removable tape or blue tack. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 05, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    what kind of ceiling do you have?
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    Apr 05, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    If it's just a small wall, here's a simple solution. Home depot sells rigid foam panels that are 8'x4' and 1/2 thick for a couple bucks each. buy a few of them, cut them to fit the wall, then cover them in a nice cheap fabric ( you can use spray glue and cover a panel in a few minutes) or you could wallpaper them as well. Buy a roll of velco tape and use it to attach the panels to the wall..