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A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

by Jennifer Farley

A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in. 

When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.   

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How to Install a Fake Backsplash in Your Kitchen

by M.E. Russell

If you're a renter but want to improve your kitchen or bathroom, follow this tutorial on how to install a fake backsplash

Hello to my fellow renters! Here's the situation: I've been fighting with my kitchen ever since I moved into my apartment. It's completely functional, but it's not ideal for the following reasons: it's way too small, the cabinets do nothing to help visually, and the walls have been stained from cooking accidents of years past. I wanted to class the joint up a bit, and decided to install a fake backsplash by way of removable vinyl wallpaper.            

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70 Amazing Apartment-Friendly Decor Projects

by M.E. Russell

70 amazing apartment decorating DIYs to totally transform your rental space!

If you're currently renting an apartment or studio, you might feel limited in the projects you can undertake. Not true! There's no reason let the homeowners hog all the fun. While extreme renovations like tearing down a wall are definitely out of the question, there's no end to the amount of landlord-friendly do-it-yourself projects out there. For those of you wondering how to decorate an apartment, we've rounded up 70 of our favorite rental-approved DIYs. From temporary transformations to space-saving projects, there's lot of DIY to go around in the world of apartment decorating.

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Renter-Friendly DIY: How to Customize Your Own Removable Wallpaper

by Holly Wade

Customized Removable Wallpaper

Living in a rental is not my ideal situation, but I’ve learned to make the best of the space that I have and still make the customizations that I want. One of the best ways to customize a space is with a fun accent wall, and for renters who cannot paint or apply wallpaper, removable wallpaper is king! I wanted to create a completely customized accent wall without painting it, so instead, I created customized removable wallpaper using a form of solid-colored contact paper.

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Seriously Effective DIY Apartment Upgrades That Won't Tick Off Your Landlord

by M.E. Russell

Upgrade your rental apartment without ticking off your landlord!

Apartment-living, like anything in life, comes with its own set of pros and cons. Con: the walls are so thin you can hear your next door neighbors breathing. Pro: when the 20-year-old fridge in your kitchen inevitably breaks, you're not the one who has to replace it! I've been living in rentals for about eight years now, and while one day I'd like to buy a little fixer-upper of my own, for now I'm figuring out how to enjoy the temporary spaces I inhabit. Here are a few tricks I've learned that can help you put your own mark on your apartment. Bonus - everything is reversible, so you don't have to worry about a disgruntled landlord!     

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Make This: Super Easy DIY Hanging Plant Wall

by Lidy Dipert
DIY Modern Wire Plant Hanger

Our basement family room was recently given a much needed makeover! The space was totally out of date, dark and uninviting. I started with giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint and brought in some new pieces for the room. Still, the space was asking for something a little more modern and one-of-a-kind.  Since I love plants SO much and I try to have one in every room possible, I created a fun this super simple plant wall to show off my little green collection and add some serious life to the space! 

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You Can Do It: 10 Rental Updates Your Landlord Doesn't Need to Know About

by Jennifer Farley
Rental Updates without asking your Landlord's Permission
Source: Skonahem

This is not a post about deceiving your landlord. This post is about updates you can make to your rental that more than likely don't need your landlord's permission. My husband and I are landlords. Rentals are a part of our full-time job; so here are some things WE wouldn't mind you doing if you lived in our rentals ... and I bet your landlord might feel the same way.  

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How To: Awesomely Painted Walls Using Contact Paper

by Craftmel

How To: Awesomely Painted Walls Using Contact Paper

The trouble with renting apartments is that they often come with a "no painting" clause in the contract.  This is truly the bane of my renting existence, but hope is not lost!  When Interior Designer Stephanie Sabbe found herself with walls with a bad case of the "no-paint blahs", and put herself right to work.  The result is something that would also make my walls very happy.  

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Upper West Side Microstudio: New York's Smallest Apartment?

by DIY Maven

Upper West Side Microstudio: New York's Smallest Apartment?

Just how small does an apartment have to be before it's qualified as a 'microstudio?' In the case of Felice Cohen's Upper West Side apartment, that figure would be 90 square feet. She pays $700 a month in rent. Comparatively, the average rent for an Upper West Side pad is $3,600. Watch the video below to see how Felice lives in such a tiny place, and then answer this question: Could you live in 90 square feet?

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Decorating Challenge: Small Budget, Big Personality

by Capree K

Decorating Challenge: Small Budget, Big Personality

Decorating with a student budget didn't stop Chicagoans Meg and Brad from transforming their 900 square foot apartment into a space full of style and personality.  These "colorful collectors" were able to create a completely unique and inspiring space - and stay in budget - with a little DIY ingenuity and a knack for finding hidden Craigslist gems.  But, their growing art collection is what really makes this space come alive.  

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182 Square Foot Apartment with an UPSTAIRS

by DIY Maven

182 Square Foot Apartment with an UPSTAIRS

How do you pack a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hallway into an apartment that measures 11' x 3" wide by 16'  x 2" deep by 10' x 4" tall? You add a second floor, of course. The owner, airplane interiors engineer and Seattle resident Steve Sauer, is quite happy with his compact crib, which includes a soaking tub

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San Francisco Rental Renovation

by DIY Maven

San Francisco Rental Renovation

Back in 2007, renter and interior designer Grant K. Gibson offered his landlord a renovation for two months' free rent. Three thousand bucks later, Mr. Gibson is living large in his made-over apartment and his landlord owns some very nice-looking property. It's hard to believe that somewhere under all this loveliness was sea-foam green and lavender walls.

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