If you rent your home and read the clauses in your tenancy agreement you might find it’s not always easy putting your personality into the place. Some landlords put a restriction on any kind of redecoration in the property. You might be happy to cover the magnolia with your favourite shade of mid-century blue but your landlord might not be entirely impressed. The same goes for your Pinterest inspired gallery wall.
Usually when you vacate your rented property you’re supposed to return it to the condition you found it in. That usually means removing all picture hooks, filling the holes, sanding them down and painting over them in the same colour paint and then returning the rest of the property to the same condition it was in when you first moved in.
Some tenants are great at doing this. I once knew a nurse who injected paint filler into the holes where the picture hooks had been. I couldn’t even tell they’d been there, seriously it was that amazing!
Unfortunately not all tenants have the same skills. I once had the misfortune of having to explain to a picture wall enthusiast tenant why they wouldn’t be getting all of their deposit back. To keep it brief it looked as if they’d dipped a tennis ball in white paint and batted it round the magnolia living room. The tenant couldn’t see a problem with this. As far as he was concerned the holes were filled and painted BUT realistically it just wasn’t up to standard. The paint colours weren’t even a close match and this wasn’t the same condition or colour as when he moved in.
But why am I telling you all this??
Well because I want you to be able to make your rented house a home. No one wants to look at boring, featureless walls and lets face it, the more at home you feel in your rented property the more likely you are to stay, which is a win win situation for everyone.
When I first heard about Command Strips I’ll be honest I thought they sounded like some overpriced gimmicky cr*p that wasn’t going to work. If it wasn’t for the fact Sarah Akwisombe kept banging on about them I would have probably steered clear.
Command Strips are basically sticky tabs that you stick to the back of your frame, the other side of the strips then stick to your wall. Ok it’s obviously a little more complicated than that and full instructions are here, but once you’ve hung one frame you’ll realise how simple it actually is.
I’d been meaning to hang these Decade prints from Coulson and Macleod for ages but I needed to work out the exact measurements of where to hang them. Once I’d figured out where they were going and marked their positions on the wall the rest was pretty simple.
Below are a few photos of what the command strips look like and how you attach them to your frames.
When you’re buying command strips make sure you check the weight limits first. Command strips go up in sizes and weight so it’s really important you use the right size strips for your frames. I weighed our frames on the kitchen scales and they were a lot lighter than I thought, which also meant I saved a few pounds by buying the smaller strips.
So there you have it. No nails, no burst pipes, no angry landlords. Just fuss free gallery walls that puts your personality into your rented home.
P.S This isn’t a sponsored post in case you were wondering. I’m just really impressed with the brand and would recommend them to anyone who rents.