Color Inspiration Black Bedroom Feature Wall Without Painting the Wall

3 Materials
$75
1 Day
Medium

After giving my bedroom a makeover, I got this crazy idea to make a black feature wall - problem is that I'm a renter and I'm not supposed to paint my walls, or if I do paint, then I need to put it back to white before I move out. I didn't want to have to repaint so I got creative and came up with a way to cover the entire wall to make it black, all without a drop of paint touching the actual wall!

color inspiration black bedroom feature wall without painting the wall

Here's the bedroom before - I liked it but I couldn't get the idea of making the back wall black out of my head! I didn't want to paint the wall, and I couldn't use temporary wall paper because my walls are painted with a matte paint.

color inspiration black bedroom feature wall without painting the wall

So after wondering around the hardware store, I found inspiration when I saw this cardboard to protect floors during construction : ram board. I got the idea to paint the cardboard to make panels and then to stick the panels onto strips of contact paper. I know, crazy!

color inspiration black bedroom feature wall without painting the wall

I wasn't sure if this was going to work but after doing a test, I was so happy to see that my hunch was right and the cardboard took the paint really well.

color inspiration black bedroom feature wall without painting the wall

For the contact paper, I found this matte black adhesive film on Amazon that is removable and safe for walls - I did a test to make sure this was true and it worked perfectly - it removed without leaving any damage to the wall. I cut strips of 5" attached them to the wall spaced out to accommodate 24" panels.

color inspiration black bedroom feature wall without painting the wall

The first tape I tried wasn't strong enough to hold the cardboard but this one that I got on Amazon worked like a charm.

color inspiration black bedroom feature wall without painting the wall

The trickiest part of installing the panels was to make sure that they were straight and evenly spaced out but using tape and a level helped with that.

color inspiration black bedroom feature wall without painting the wall

I love this new look but what I love even more is that I won't have to paint the wall again when I move out and if I get tired of this black wall, I can always paint the entire thing again another color, all without touching the original wall!

You can see the entire project in this video - enjoy!

Suggested materials:

  • Ram board  (Hardware store)
  • Double sided tape  (Amazon)
  • Contact paper  (Amazon)

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  • Lathie McKinney
    on Aug 20, 2019

    I like this project. But if the paper won't damage the wall, why didn't you just put the contact on the wall?

  • Joy Pell Cruse
    on Aug 28, 2019

    What kind of paint did you use on Ram board? And did it hold up?

  • Destiny
    on Sep 2, 2019

    Will the contact paper part work if the wall is textured ("orange peel") or does it need to be a smooth wall?

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