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: Removable wall paint(ing)?

08-21-2018, 12:07 PM
Hi everyone,

Just found this forum, and I came looking for it because I've got a problem:

I work on a mental health unit, and there's a wall where the state of the paint is... Atrocious. I would like to do something about it, and rather than putting in a work order for them to slap a new coat of generic beige paint, I thought it would be far better to engage the people we serve to create a more vibrant space for them.

The challenge is that if I just go to my boss and say "Hey, can we paint the walls in interesting colours and designs?" I know what the answer will be.

Sooo... I plan to be somewhat sneaky about it. I'd like to figure out something I can put on the walls that we can paint/colour/etc. and that can be cleaned (they use mostly a diluted vinegar solution for most things), and that can be removed at a later date without damaging the walls. Ideally, it could be taken down without damaging the artwork either.

My first thought would be some panels of masonite that could be put up with copious amounts of blue tack, or some type of canvas that could be adhered to the wall somehow.

I'd welcome any and all suggestions/feedback/ideas (including unorthodox ones). I'd love to help these people who are often marginalised make their temporary living space more welcoming and uplifting.

I even considered just leaving several colours of latex paint and brushes laying around the unit anonymously, but I kind of would prefer an option that would still allow me to show up for work the next day :biggrin:

08-21-2018, 02:52 PM
How big exactly that surface? Ha door(s), window(s) on it? Because these are important things for choose the best solution. :-)

08-22-2018, 09:25 AM
It's an interesting wall... It's about 40 feet long, has a slight inward curve, it has two square pillars about 15" wide, and five windows about 5' wide. The windows end about 4' below the ceiling, so there's a long horizontal section of wall to work with, but vertically spaces tend toward the narrow side. There is also a low set of shelves that run most of the length (they rise to about knee height)

Reading what I've written, I'm not sure if I've painted an accurate enough picture...


08-22-2018, 09:55 AM
Accurate, but really difficult to handle. :-)
You can't use any one (or two) big piece solution, because there are "obstacles" or the paintable surfacce could becoming to an obstacle... So the best if you try to use as many as possible canvases on light wooden frame. I guess you can buy them up to 5*5 feet size there too. Or if want some cheeper, then hunt for packaging cardbord with white surface.

08-22-2018, 12:07 PM
If we used a water based acrylic for the actual painting (for sake of easy cleanup) is there a type of product that could act as a protective finish so the surface would be washable?