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.
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.
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!
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.
I know that wallpaper is one of those contentious things, what with the work that is required to get rid of it, but what if it looked like this?
and you could design your own pattern? and it was temporary (just attached with some bits of double stick tape) and it meant that you could have painted walls even in a rental where painting was a no no? AND it was made of 100% post consumer recycled paper? I say 'yay' to all those things.
This is yet another way to temporarily hide a less than ideal light fixture. You'll need:
- Some garden or jewellery wire.
- Some glue.
- Some paper.
Wrap your wire around your light fixture, avoiding direct contact with the bulbs. If you're got unsecured electrical wires then a. don't try this and b. call your super!
Cut out some shapes from your paper, You could draw something freehand or try googling flower silhouettes, but bear in...
Sure it's super easy to change light fixtures, but sometimes you just can't. If your space is really temporary, like a dorm room or a short term let, or even if you don't have access to switch off the electricity then a refit is out of the question.
Here's a few ways to deal with oogly light fixtures that won't lose you your deposit.
1. Chic Scarf
A student classic that can actually work really well. The old scarf-over-the-lamp...
In an effort to entice Brits to vacation at their own seaside resorts, sand sculptor Mark Anderson created a sand hotel on Weymouth Beach, UK. The hotel will be on display until July 27th. No word if you can actually book a ‘room’ in the giant sand castle, but if you’re really interested, your best bet is to contact LateRooms.com. Via Uncooped.
I'm going to come right out and say it. I HATE our bathroom with a fiery passion. After living with it for a year-and-a-bit I decided that something had to be done. Now my first choice would have been to rip it out, burn the pieces and salt the earth, cursing all the while. Trouble is this is a rental, and the agency might have a problem with that.
Here's the before and after shots:
Note the ill advised blue paint on the 70's medicine...
Here's a secret: Tattoos are permanent, and they hurt! The idea of the temporary tattoo - for costumes, children, or just to pretend your alot more hardcore than you are- is mighty fine, but stock designs are generally tacky and unbelievable. Makezine highlights temp-tat inkjet paper, which is "come in twos: one printable A4 sheet and one adhesive film. The process is quick and easy as well as painless (even if you have sensitive skin,...