(Caution: There are no actual unicorns in this post, sorry to mislead. It is just that every time I see the word ‘rainbow’ I just feel this need to put UNICORN! beside it…)
Here is a project I did about 3 years ago in my university year-long-rental bedroom. I used to call it “The Paint-Chip Wall”, but from now on, I’m def’s calling it “Paint-Chip Rainbow Unicorn”.
When I moved in, I really, really wanted to put up an installation, but since I was living in a rental, I needed something easy to remove, and that wouldn’t mark up the walls. I also needed something pretty cheap, and not too too long to make. I wanted to see the project finished in less than a month.
After hunting around the internet, I found this article on apartment therapy showing a guy who had modge-podge-ed a whole bunch of paint chip samples to his wall after going to the hardware store once a week and taking colors he knew they had extras of.
For me, I knew the way he installed them would never work. I could never modge-podge paint chips to a rented room! So, being the resourceful Mechanical Engineer that I am, I instead planned out my color design on Excel. Then went to the hardware store with an awesome friend, and got some paint chips (my wall was actually quite small, and really didn’t require that many paint chips! So, I was able to get all my free paint chips without attracting any attention..), bought some duct tape, and bought some staple gun re-fills.
I went home and taped the paint chips into large panels, and then borrowed my housemates staple-gun and stapled them to the wall. Because they were in large panels, I didn’t have to put one hundred holes in my wall and they would be pretty easy to remove, with only a bunch of tiny little holes (which the previous tenant had left before me, anyway).
Now, looking at the internet, there are a whole slew of paint chip projects to do! For example, here, here, here and here. Anyway, make your own art installation in your house! They are so fun and peoples reaction when they enter the room is the BEST! (Seriously, when my landlord was trying to rent the place for the next year, it was so funny to watch people’s faces as they entered my room!)
p.s.: If you feel uncomfortable taking paint chips, ask your hardware store when the new season’s paint chips are coming in! A lot of companies get a new series of colors every year or so, and the hardware stores usually just throw away the extras. Start your project when they’re throwing them away, and recycle them! Also, if you go into a paint-specific store, you can sometimes buy a package of paint chips to bring home to check colors in your house. You could also use these for your project, but remember that although these packets have every color (paint chip) the company offers, you can’t get multiples of the same paint chip.
Anyway, happy install-ing!