Wallpaper for Renters?

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Wallpaper posts seem to be popular around here, but almost always, the question comes up: Are there any good options for renters who don't want to risk losing their security deposits? Well, we may have found a solution with the Pottery Barn "Overlapping Leaves" wallpaper.

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According to the website description, the paper is pre-pasted and you only need to dip it in water before applying it to your walls. It is designed for easy removal — coming off in large strips when you're ready to move out (or move on to a different look).

However, once we opened up our roll and read through the instructions, we noticed that one of the first steps is to cover your surface with wallpapering primer. Hmmm. This may prove to be a setback for some renters, so we tested out the paper on an un-primed, painted wall to see if it would still work as promised.

And it did!

We only kept the paper up for a couple of days before attempting to rip it down, but there were no problems. It came off in one piece and there was no paste residue left behind. But we're not sure if this holds true if the paper is on an unprimed wall for months — or even years. Does anyone out there know?

The "Overlapping Leaves" wallpaper is catalog/Internet-only. A double roll, which covers about 60 square feet, costs $84. (We're keeping our fingers crossed that they'll release more patterns soon.)

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