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!
My, my...how paint pens have grown. What used to put out splotchy, oily messes can apparently now produce thin, clean, consistent lines. A beautiful case-in-point: these custom window films from Kate at Design*Sponge. "In our home we needed some window films to provide privacy, but we also wanted them to let light through. using contact paper and a white paint pen, i’ve created some decorative window films that are easy to change, replace,...
Lena Corwin , super-talented author of Printing By Hand (which is totally on my Christmas list) has a tutorial on Etsy for this swanky looking dresser, complete with cute downloadable animal stencils.
To make it you'll need
- A piece of furniture to stencil, (old pieces should be sanded or stripped)
Grab a toothbrush, an effective cleaning solution, a stiff card, and your contact paper, and say goodbye to your harvest gold, awful cream, or ugly 90s black...
With a bit of contact paper, a scissors, and some creativity, you can cover your walls with these sweet handmade vinyl decals.
- ConTact paper (a brand of low-tack, self-adhesive vinyl, commonly used by grandmas as "shelf liners", has a very matte finish)
- Tape (preferably easily visible and low-stick, like painter's tape or masking tape)
- Writing utensil (marker or pencil)
- Large sized scrap paper (like used news...