Are you one of those people that comes across the perfect place to rent? The photographs are beautiful and the space is great. However, once you actually move into the place is nothing like you thought it would be. There is old tiles, paint is chipped and everything seems to have a thin sticky film of some sort of substance. If so, here are some quick, easy and cheap ways to spruce up your rental without jeopardizing your security deposit when you move out. So, follow these few steps to fix up your space temporarily and not sacrifice style.
Command Wall Hooks
This may be one of the best inventions ever made, if you are not familiar with these, you should be. These hooks can be picked up at the dollar store making them inexpensive and also strong enough to hang artwork and mirrors. Best part, they do not damage the wall or leave holes. You can hang anything and everything, these make a great asset to any home not just rentals.
Use this as a liner on the wall before applying a second layer of decorative wallpaper. This product will smooth out any uneven surface and is strippable when you move out! This would also work for adding non-removable wallpaper to your walls. It may be a bit messy but will make home feel more like home.
Peel & Stick
Tile sheets can be installed over other tile and when it is time to take them down, aim a hairdryer in their direction heat up the space and peel them off. You can find them at Home Depot or any other home reno establishment, prices vary so make sure you shop around.
Removable Contact Paper
There are all sorts of contact paper and shelf liners out there. One of my favourites would have to be the chalkboard. This lets you turn any surface into a chalkboard, great for in the kitchen or by the front door. The best part is you can customise these sheets, try cutting out shapes as wall decals and create a cool fun look!
I have brought this up before and for great reasons. For smaller jobs, do not forget the little creation of awesomeness that is washi tape. It is inexpensive, creative, and totally custom. Use it to dress up focal areas or even a cheap way to hang artwork. (Ideas in Blog: Dominate the Dorm Room)
I personally have never used a product like this, however, I really would like to change that. I think this concept is brilliant and should be used more often in spaces. This is a great way to add some detail to a space and has no frustration when it comes with stripping it off later. I have researched around and found some popular sources that have their own designs and also allow for custom designs.
Spoonflower Betapet Hygge and West Tempaper.
If anyone has used a product like this, let me know I would love some feedback as to how it works and if it is worth it.
Great for more than just windows. You can be as plain or as decorative as you want to be with static cling or adhesive film for privacy and decoration. If you are like me and cannot stand all glass showers, use this to add some detail to your bathroom and some privacy for yourself. You can find this product at Lowes/Home Depot or online on Amazon. If you are looking for a more decorative version try out Scandinavian Design Center and Emma Jeffs.
So for all you renters out there, have no worry, there is always a way to make your rental feel like yours. There are always hacks that allow you to make your space yours. So good luck, have fun and comment below with pictures and ideas. I would love to see and hear things that you have come up with!
**Please note that none of these photographs are mine, Pinterest Inked**