Q: I recently signed a lease on an apartment, with the stipulation that the landlords would paint over the very dark laminate that is covering several walls and even the living room ceiling of the unit. The laminate is on the sort of flat, slick panel walls that you see in elevators or offices. It is a dark, cool brown with a swirled brushed-metal pattern and gold flecks. There are can lights in the ceiling panels and hidden cabinetry behind a few of the wall panels:
These are some pictures showing a laminate with a similar pattern, and another showing the sort of panel wall I am describing. Of course, after taking a huge deposit, they are backing out of repainting the laminate. They are attached to it, and they have vague hopes of moving back into the unit someday after their kids are grown. So I don't think they'll go through with painting it. I am wondering whether there is some temporary way I can cover it. In particular, I already own a few rolls of unpasted wallpaper. Is there an adhesive I could use to hang wallpaper over the laminate that would be strong enough to hold the paper for a year or two, but strippable enough not to leave their laminate damaged after that time? I can't tack, staple or hang anything to the laminate, because I would not be able to fix the holes that would cause. Also, I don't know if the the starched fabric trick would work on such a slick surface, especially in such a humid environment (I am in Singapore). Are there any good, truly strippable wallpaper pastes out there? Sent by Vanyali Editor: Leave your suggestions for Vanyali in the comments — thanks! • Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here (those with pics get answered first).