If you've ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you'd have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here's how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.
A few years ago, super chunky knit blankets started popping up on blogs and Pinterest, and I immediately knew I wanted to knit my own. Mine knit up quite quickly and easily, and I've been enjoying its cozy embrace ever since. Now I'm even considering putting one of these kits to knit another on my Christmas list, partly because my cat thinks that the one I made should be reserved soley for her use. But also because I'm really not sure you can have too many of these luscious chunky knit throws. Ready to test that hypothesis? Here are a variety of options for buying or making your own chunky knit blanket.
It's full-on fall, which means you have an excellent excuse to give your home a mini makeover! Or in this case, your dining room. The trick to styling any space for Autumn is finding that nice balance between modern pieces and combining them with warm and seasonal elements that really translate as homey and cozy. With these simple steps, your dining room will be ready for fall in no time!
Hunting for a rental apartment is just about the worst thing about modern urban life. Not only do you have to contend with application fees and sketchy brokers, compete with other prospective tenants, and traipse through one messy, half-packed living room after another; but once you finally find a place that you can afford and that doesn't have literal holes in the walls --- you have to move in and actually LIVE WITH all the ugly, outdated apartment features that you tried desperately to ignore as you signed the lease and handed over your entire month's income.
Unless, of course, you are a DIYer.
The only thing we DIYers have to live with is our penchant for hoarding supplies (politely known as "being prepared").
So roll up your sleeves, guys, because today we are going to tackle one often-ignored rental eyesore: the kitchen backsplash. Keep reading to see how these temporary and removable backsplash ideas will make you love your apartment kitchen, without sacrificing your security deposit.
Peel-and-Stick Tile: The Ultimate Removable Backsplash
Yes, that jaw-dropping white subway tile backsplash is a DIY. Designer Abby from Daily Disco used this peel-and-stick tile from Amazon to transform her kitchen. Ok, she clearly did a few other things too (helloooo, amazing pink rug!), but the removable backsplash alone makes a huge difference, and you don't have to be a professional contractor to do this yourself.
Peel-and-stick tile is definitely the easiest way to DIY your kitchen backsplash. If you can wrap a present with somewhat straight lines (admittedly a challenge at times), you can install peel-and-stick tile. It comes in an almost overwhelming array of styles. And, most importantly for our purposes, the "tile" can be removed when you move on to your next heinous rental apartment. Inexpensive and renter-friendly!
Check out some more peel-and-stick tile DIY backsplash ideas:
Melodrama's DIY backsplash makeover with peel-and-stick tile is another example of how you just can't go wrong with the classic, white subway tile look.
This removable backsplash redo on RoomMates shows that you can get a completely different look and style using peel-and-stick tile.
While not quite peel-and-stick, Sincerely Sweetpea's renter-friendly backsplash makes use of a similarly removable product, Facade Backsplash Panels.
And my personal favorite of the bunch: the bloggers behind Atelier de Curiosite made over their Parisian kitchen using white hexagon peel-and-stick tile. Can a rental kitchen get any dreamier??
Peel-and-Stick Tile Sources:
Look out: there are two types of products on the market both called "peel-and-stick tile." For the removable kind that's good for renters, you want 3D sheets that look like tiles; NOT individual tiles that require additional glue. Check out these links for some options!
- White hex tile - Etsy
- Blue sea glass tile - Home Depot
- Tuscan tile - Bed Bath & Beyond
- Slate tile - Wayfair
- Classic white subway tile - Amazon
Fake a Backsplash with Temporary Wallpaper
We live in a truly magical age. An age where things can be sticky, and not sticky, as we wish.
That's why this other peel-and-stick trick, removable wallpaper, is another great DIY renter-friendly backsplash idea. You can simply stick it over your hideous backsplash for a year or two, and pull it up when it's time to go!
Chasing Paper has a truly endless selection of removable wallpaper prints to choose from, and inspiring images to get your ideas rolling (Sorry not sorry for sending you down that beautiful rabbit hole).
Botanical removable wallpaper makes a bold and beautiful statement in Apartment Therapy writer Anna Spaller's rental kitchen.
This mid-mod removable backsplash only cost $30 thanks to peel-and-stick wallpaper.
Our own M.E. used removable vinyl wallpaper to update her kitchen backsplash!
This inventive blogger shows how she was able to make her own custom temporary wallpaper using contact paper. Seriously the smartest use of contact paper I've ever seen.
Guess what: Contact paper is just cheaper removable wallpaper. Mind. Blown.
Love the look of marble, but not the price tag? Contact paper to the rescue!
Removable wallpaper and contact paper sources:
- Wildflower removable wallpaper - Urban Outfitters
- Embossed damask removable wallpaper - Wayfair
- Geometric Art Deco wallpaper - Wayfair
- Terrazzo tile removable wallpaper - West Elm
- Subway tile removable wallpaper - Target
- Dark floral removable wallpaper - Amazon
- Marble contact paper - Amazon
- Reclaimed wood contact paper - Amazon
Change the Look of your Backsplash with Paint
Including "paint" in this roundup might be cheating a bit, since not all landlords will allow their tenants to paint. But for you lucky renters who are allowed to paint, you will just die over all the ways you can makeover your kitchen backsplash using paint (like the DIY herringbone tile backsplash above!).
If your landlord is hesitant about you going at the kitchen backsplash with a paint roller, offer to paint back over it when you move out. OR, you can always try the "ask for forgiveness, not permission" tactic, just don't hold me liable if you don't get your security deposit back.
And for those of you who can't paint in your apartment, don't worry, I've got a workaround for you later on!
I know the chalkboard look has been fading in the design scene, but I will never ever tire of a well-executed chalkboard kitchen backsplash. And it's such an easy DIY! As in the example above...
Here's a DIY renter-friendly backsplash idea which doesn't even require you to break out all the brushes and rollers. A Beautiful Mess created this DIY herringbone tile look with just a paint pen and a ruler (and, a lot of patience).
Try using cement tile stencils in a muted palette to paint your DIY backsplash.
Or follow this ambitious DIYer's faux glass tile backsplash tutorial!
And did you know you can actually paint over existing tile?
Make a Removable Backsplash by Installing a Panel
Renters who fall into the woefully tragic category of Being Unable to Paint, rejoice! You can still make a custom DIY painted backsplash using this workaround: paint -- or even tile -- a removable panel instead.
Food 52's Alex Kalita created her renter-friendly backsplash above by tiling a small plywood board. She then mounted the board to the wall with a French cleat. All very accessible, and very temporary.
This rental hack of creating a backsplash on a temporary board or panel can be customized in so many ways. Take a look at some of these removable backsplash panels:
Anna Dorfman puts this technique to creative use with her graphic painted backsplash in her rental kitchen on Door Sixteen.
This unique and colorful backsplash is made of painted peel-and-stick tile. To make the project removable and renter-friendly, you can stick the painted tiles onto a panel cut to size, instead. And, use removable Velcro strips to keep the panels in place!
I am beyond obsessed with all things copper, which led me to discover these amazing copper sheet rolls on Amazon. I used them to create a magnetic copper inspiration board, and have been itching to recreate the project on a larger scale.
Can you imagine a brilliant, shiny, patina-rich copper backsplash in your rental kitchen? It would be totally renter-friendly if you applied the copper sheet rolls onto a board attached to the wall.
You can adapt the same idea using tin tiles from the hardware store, as the DIY Network did here.
Shiplap is having a major moment, and the panel trick can make this stylish look possible in a rental too. Just use the tutorial from A Beautiful Mess, but combine it with Door Sixteen's panel backsplash.
Or, go totally wild and create a custom mosaic backsplash! If you make the mosaic on a single, smaller board, such as for just behind the sink or stove, you can even take the project with you for your next rental kitchen.
Alright, DIYers, I want to hear about your own rental kitchens. Do you have an eyesore apartment backsplash that's in need of some love? Would you try one of these temporary DIY backsplash ideas? We'd love to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments!
Craving more ideas to turn your rental into a home you can love? Check out these other posts!
I've had this lamp forever, and I was totally over it. Ready to buy a new one. But the crafter in me wanted to give it one more chance, so I decided to give it a makeover using spray paint and thumbtacks. Yep that's right, thumbtacks. Click through to check out the final product along with instructions so you can recreate the look.
Much better, right? The thumbtacks give it a little metallic flair, and the paint adds some color. So let's get started!
- Spray paint
- Painter's tape
- Plastic bag
- Pliers with wire cutters
- E6000 glue (not pictured)
Begin by removing the shade and bulb from your lamp. Wrap a plastic bag around the section that you don't want to be painted, and secure it with painter's tape. Make sure the tape is straight and the ends meet evenly. Tape the cord as well.
Spray paint the bottom of the lamp using two to three very light coats of spray paint. Let each coat dry thoroughly in between.
While the last coat of paint is drying, begin working on your lampshade. Add a pencil mark every inch along the bottom edge of your lampshade. Place the marks about a half inch from the bottom of the shade.
Next, begin removing the sharp points from the thumbtacks. Cut them as close to the round tops as possible.
Most likely, there will still be a small sharp point left... put a small dab of E6000 glue at that point and poke it through the first pencil mark. Repeat the process until you have glued tacks all the way around the perimeter of the lampshade. If you can feel the sharp points on the inside of the shade, you'll want to add a tiny dab of glue over the points as well so that nobody cuts themselves.
And that's all, folks! I told you it was easy. I was planning to buy a whole new lamp for this area of our dining room, but now that this one has a fancy new 'do, I don't have to!
You could also use gold tone thumbtacks if you like, to give it a different look. And any spray paint color would work... pick one that coordinates well with your decor.
That small pop of color on the bottom makes the lamp feel more solid, and helps it stand up to the other colors in the room.
And I love the way the thumbtacks make it feel a bit more expensive, giving it almost an upholstered look. Have fun!
I've always thought of my laundry room as the most troublesome room in our house. Not only is it narrow, but all of one side is taken up by a washing machine, sink and toilet. Add to that the fact that there are 2 doors that open inward, and the space starts to feel very small indeed.
I'd long ago resigned myself to having a difficult laundry room I didn't enjoy being in. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong!
We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in.
My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Though their...
Take a Tour of Trenton +
Cambria's Minimalist Home and Learn Some Amazing Tips for Staying Organized
Today is an exciting day! Let's take a peek inside the charming townhouse of an equally charming Canadian couple, Trenton and Cambria. Located in a quaint town just 20 minutes outside of Calgary, Alberta, you will find this darling and minimal home, full of bright light, airy spaces and crisp white walls that really allow their handmade furniture pieces to shine. Plus, they share some tips and tricks into how they live this perfectly simple and minimal life. Enjoy!
Hallways can often be the spaces in the home that get overlooked and definitely taken for granted. They seem to just be a pointless area that allows transportation from one room to the next. And really, they deserve just as much attention to detail than any other space in the house. It might just be an area that feels aimless and wayward, but maybe it just needs a little love and attention.
I'm going to let you all in on a little dream of mine. I want to makeover a vintage camper SO badly! I'm a little more concerned with buying a house right now (ugh), but one day, I would love nothing more than to purchase a rundown vintage trailer and make it over into the cutest, coziest trailer to take on adventures and camping trips. Since I'm more interested in "glamping" than actual camping, these camper makeovers seemed like the perfect inspiration for me. To get inspired, I put together 12 camper makeovers that are sure to amaze you and make you want to run out and buy a camper/trailer/RV tomorrow to make all of your glamping dreams come true!
Pets. We love them, and sometimes when we're traveling, we don't want to leave them. Whether it's because your boarding situation isn't ideal, or you just can't imagine going on a vacation without them, you want to make sure you and your dog (or cat!) are prepared for a pleasant and non-stressful road trip. I've hit the road a few times with this furry lady pictured here, and after a few hundred hours in the car together, we've learned a thing or two. Here are some tips for traveling with dogs (and cats!) as you head out on your vacation this summer.
Whether you're decorating your home with stand-alone frames or a gallery wall, you may begin to feel bored in a sea of plain white frames. I get it, they're my go-to choice too! Luckily, it's easy to makeover craft frames or plain white frames throughout your home to give it a more personalized look. With these easy picture frame makeover ideas, you'll be able to make each frame feel unique - like it was made for the photo inside of it! Add color, texture and more with these simple makeover ideas that will give your home decor a touch of character.
In case you haven't noticed, we here at Curbly have a bit of an obsession with IKEA hacks. And no place is a better candidate that the bathroom. Here are two great IKEA bathroom vanity ideas that will inspire you to hit the big blue box aisles for your next remodel.
First up, how the Kallax shelving unit below was transformed into a beautiful IKEA bathroom vanity.
Before and After: Ikea Bathroom Vanity From a Kallax Shelving Unit ...
We are always on the hunt for new and interesting ways to display all our leafy friends over at the Curbly office. With spring finally showing up this past weekend (Midwesterners rejoice!), all our office plants are looking more alive than they have in almost 8 months. We think they deserve a new look. Want to take your houseplants to the another level (no pun intended) too, but you're short on time? This DIY plant stand can be completed in roughly thirty minutes.
Watch a quick video to see how it's done, and keep reading for all the details.
- Wood round
- 3/4" dowel
- Acrylic paint and foam brush
- Power drill and 5/8" Forstner bit
- Small screws
- Felt pads
- Handsaw or other cutting tool
To start, drill three holes in the wood round. Before you start drilling, you'll need to divide the wood round into thirds. Check out this graph from our tree stump side table project for help on the math. If thirds seems too daunting, create a plant stand with four legs.
Once you've divided the wood into thirds, measure 1.25" in from the edges of the round, and mark the drill points. Clamp the wood round to a sturdy surface. Using a 5/8ths forstner bit, create three holes in the wood round.
This Dewalt 20-volt MAX drill made quick work of these holes! And that was after we had run the battery on another project for almost 10 minutes of drill time.
Next, clamp the 3/4" dowel to a sturdy surface, and cut into thirds (unless you're creating a plant stand with four legs, then cut into fourths). Sand any rough edges.
Attach felt pads to the bottom of each dowel.
Feed each dowel through drilled holes of the wood round. If they stick on the way down, use a soft mallet to hammer the wood slab down.
Use a level to ensure each leg is sitting at an equal place in the wood round. To keep the dowels from slipping out of the wood round, drill a small screw under each leg. These screws will act as a stop.
Tape the wood round to protect it, then paint! While it may seem like painting the legs first would've been easier, we didn't want to scratch the paint feeding it through the wood round.
Let the paint dry completely, then your 30-minute plant stand is ready to use!
I'm so happy spring is back. With the warmer weather moving in, it's time all the office plants get their yearly shakeup. Overgrown ones will get moved to bigger pots, dead leaves will get snipped, and everyone will get a new round of dirt and fertilizer. Happy spring!
Two more simple IKEA-hack indoor plant stands you can try
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I've had these ottomans for a while, but I've never quite loved them. I recently updated my bedroom, and realized that they would be perfect at the foot of the bed... if only they were a different color. So I painted and reupholstered them and now they're perfect! Click through to check out the whole process.