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May 31, 2011

my dirty little decorating secret

Last August, I moved into the most uninspiring rental apartment you can imagine. Though we will only live here for another year at the most, I'm doing what I can to make it into a nice little home. It really stinks not being able to paint the walls, replace the flooring, or install different lighting! But one thing I can do is hang things on the walls.

I started out with my little entry gallery wall, using nails to hang all the frames. (Looks super crooked, but I promise it's not.) I hesitated to put it all up for a while because it put so many holes in the walls, but finally just did it. Then I had an epiphany: 3M Command Hooks.

Now I hang just about everything in my house from these sticky hooks--from the art and feather decorations on the sofa wall, to the cork board and curtains in our study.

Yes, I used Command Hooks to hang curtains.

I know that seems super ghetto, but no one notices. And for renters, it is a great solution--much better than having no curtains at all!

Be warned: the hooks don't hold up fantastically in humidity. When we got home from the beach yesterday, our large (heavy) hallway mirror had fallen to the floor. It didn't break (miracle!), but I wouldn't suggest using them to hang anything heavy or breakable. Lesson learned. I'm okay with using them for the study curtains only because we never open or close them and don't have kids or pets who might pull them down.

So that is my dirty little (rental) decorating secret. 
What's yours?


Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I don't have a secret, but I tried to hang two shadow boxes that I've been using for jewelry storage with Command Hooks. I've never had a problem with the hooks before, but one of the boxes fell within an hour. I used the heavy duty, metal picture hangers that are rated for 12 pounds each. They should have been fine. I was baffled.

I didn't think that it might be related to the humidity! Thank you for mentioning this!

I'm debating if I want to try again or use nails.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

That is a good tip. I haven't rented in years, but a good tip is to use liquid starch coated ribbon to create a striped effect on walls.It peels right off and you can wash it and reuse it for a project later.

Simply Brookes: said...

I absolutely LOVE this tip. Being a military family and sometimes having to be renters ourselves this is the greatest tip since dvr!
moving in 21 days...guess what is tops on our "must buy" list.
Love your blog...one of my daily visits.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Such a great idea. Even for non renters who like to switch things up constantly!!!!!!! I use Earthquake Hold which is a strong putty and doesn't damage walls. Lost without it.

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Love these things! Definitely use them in my apartment!

emily said...

I love those hooks! They are lifesavers and it really does amaze me all the different sizes they have and how well they really do hold!

Kellie Collis said...

I use that too! But only for frames. Pretty much easier than drilling holes. Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

SO clever -- sent this idea to my girls who just moved into an on-campus apartment!

MarianParoo said...

We tried this in my daughter's apartment. No humidity. Cleaned walls with alcohol, followed all the directions. Didn't even hold up the rod, must less the curtains. So disappointed. Spent a lot of money on the large hooks, and wasted time waiting for the adhesive to set. You can match paint colors so well now, just drill the holes now, patch them when you move and repaint. Or leave the rods there for the next tenant.

Marissa Waddell said...

@MarianParoo Oh no! I've hung 4 different sets of curtains this way and I've only had one fall down. (Strangely, it was on the same type of wall finish and the curtains and rod were lightest by far.) It's imperfect, but it has worked for me.

DIY Nuru said...

I love when designers look for common sense solutions. It takes guts to post an idea that may seem "ghetto." Keep up the great work sista!