I get emails pretty regularly asking for design help and opinions - it is BEYOND me why you guys want my opinion. Don’t you read my blog? – but I thought it would be fun to start a new Reader Questions series here. You submit a question, preferably one that has one or two options, and we’ll all take a swing at it. Send me your questions to kelly (at) vatwblog.com. So let’s kick it off with a question from a real-life friend…
Andy and I have this friend, Charles.
Like a big fat jerk, Charles just moved far away from us. He now lives in Colorado, which also happens to be Andy and my favorite place we’ve ever lived. (We’re taking his move very personally, if you can’t tell.)
When he moved to Colorado, he moved in to a rented house with some roommates. A day or so after he moved in, I got this text:
“Made it to CO! Moved in… But might need your design help on something in my room… Pic coming soon. You should def write a blog post on this one. Whew.”
“The owners won’t let me paint over it.”
And then silence. I was dying to see what was happening in his room, but the moment I saw this photo:
I spewed my drink all over my laptop, and collapsed into a ball of uncontrollable, guffawing laughter, rolling around on the floor helpless to suppress the uncontrollable howling and shrieking belly laughs. There were tears.
I don’t know if you could tell by the photos, but Charles is a full grown adult male human, not an eight-year-old boy.
1. Work with it.
(If you have a similar situation but with a slightly less offensive wall mural – maybe ugly tile or something – you could work with it by bringing out the colors in your decor, or trying to downplay them or distract from them with your accessory choices.)
2. Temporary wallpaper
They’re making this peel-and-stick renter-friendly wallpaper now which might be a great option for Charles. You can find it in some cool (grown-man-friendly) graphic patterns:
Or some very unoffensive linen-look solid options:
Here are five resources for temporary wallpapers. I don’t know what Charles’ budget is, but this option would probably cost a couple hundred dollars depending on what he bought. I have a feeling he’ll be looking for something even cheaper.
3. Use curtains
Okay, hear me out. If I were Charles, this is probably what I would do: hang floor-to-ceiling curtains on a curtain rod right on top of Spiderman. No one has to know there isn’t a window behind it, right?
Two reasons why I like this option:
1. It’s cheap: you can pick up some cheap curtains for about $15 at ikea.
2. HUGE BONUS: if someone is in your room and they move the curtains to look out the window? BAM. SPIDERMAN! IN YOUR FACE!
4. Use art
Charles could buy a couple giant canvases and paint them, then hang them over Spiderman’s giant red face. This does NOT have to be hard. (Here’s how I made my DIY art.) Charles could slap some acrylic paint on the canvas like this:
You’ll still get a hint of Spiderman crotch between the paintings, but who can’t use a little Spiderman crotch in their lives?
5. Something else brilliant that you’ll now suggest in the comments section
This is a new Reader Questions series, and I’m hoping YOU will also have all the best answers. I know how genius you kids are. UPDATE: No seriously. If you need to disguise something on your wall, you NEED to read through the amazing, brilliant suggestions already left in the comments here.
What would you do if you were Charles? Besides stay in Georgia and NOT move away from us?
If you have a design question for this new series and you want the opinion of the amazing people who read here, send it on over – with nice, well-lit photos – to kelly (at) vatwblog.com.