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If you are renting an apartment or a house, there are many many things you will have to learn to live with, but there many more that you can actually change and improve on a budget, without depending on having to talk with your landlord or convince them to let you do major changes.
I have so many tips and ideas to share with you, that I’ve decided to separate this as a series of posts! this is the first part. I hope you enjoy it!
Remember to ALWAYS save the original things you are replacing, so you can turn back the original style when you need to leave the rental.
Hardware: this is a super simple trick that will improve enormously the look of your furniture.
Your bathroom and kitchen can drastically improve just by changing the knobs and handles on a super small budget.
Before buying anything, make sure if your current hardware is a knob (1 hole) or a handle (2 holes), and start your research for more stylish knobs or handles based on that (so you don’t have to create holes and make new unnecessary dents that may cause you to pay for repairs!)
Now it al depends on your budget: you can go as expensive or as economic as you want or as you can!
Here are some nice examples:
And here are some recommendations based on knobs or handles to consider 😉
Flooring: this is another simple trick that you can use if your rental has one of those outdated floors that you can definitely not stand anymore!
The peel and stick floor tiles can come to your rescue with a variety of options that go from marble like tiles or wood like tiles to something as elaborated as you need them to be. It is super easy to install and most of the options are water resistant and high transit resistant too!
Here you have an example that shows exactly how much the space changes only by changing the floor with a peel & stick tile!
And here there are some recommendations you can use in your home to make this simple changes and have your rental look and feel amazing:
Backsplash: same concept as we had for the floor tiles, but you will never believe the different patterns and textures there are available with a simple peel and stick tile! You can add mosaic like, mirror like, marble or anything you can imagine! This project takes almost no tools and you don’t need to be an expert, you can even try a different set of samples and choose the ones that suit your style and decor the best!
You can use this same principle to renovate the tiles on your shower or bathroom, and make it look spectacular on a budget with zero real renovations, contractors or time consuming application. I’ve done this in the past and the landlords like it so much that they asked me to leave it as it was, because it looked so much better 😉
You can see here a great example where the knobs and backsplash changed (you can see huge differences when you can actually change the full color palette by painting the cabinets too, but we are talking about renovations for renters with minimal intervention! and we will address that subject later)
And you can find here some affordable examples of the different peel & stick backsplash options you can choose from
Wallpaper peel and stick: When you talk about walls on a rental home, this is a whole new discussion. Painting is mostly easy and can be done by anyone, it can be as clean or as messy as you want it to be but most of the landlords won’t let you change the original color. Even when they do let you change, you have to turn it back to the original color, and maybe you need an accent wall with a bright color that you know it will take a lot of effort to reverse to the original color once you have to move, and these are the scenarios where the peel & stick wallpaper comes to the rescue.
Luckily you can count on different colors and textures to help you achieve the desired look on budget (and most of the times on a single afternoon!).
You can even use this trick to renovate your cabinets (kitchen and bathroom!) without actually painting them.
Here are some examples of the peel & stick wallpaper that you can use on your walls or furniture!
I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it helps you spark your imagination for new projects that can help you achieve the home of your dreams (even if you are renter and on a budget!).
Let me know in the comment section if you have ever used one of this tips in the past and feel free to share images too 😉