Renter-Friendly Backsplash Ideas that Look like a Million Bucks

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can afford and that doesn't have literal holes in the walls — you have to move in and actually LIVE WITH all the ugly, outdated apartment features that you tried desperately to ignore as you signed the lease and handed over your entire month's income. Continue Reading

68 Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters

Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters
Source: Apartment Therapy; Photo Credit: Sophie Timothy

Renting your home has some perks (no mortgage, no maintenance costs, no headaches), but there are downsides: apartment decorating can be a challenge, and limited storage space makes it hard to stay organized.             

Many apartments are too small or don't offer much storage. Maybe the landlord won't let you paint or put nail holes in the wall. And rental properties are usually fitted with unsightly light-fixtures or unattractive flooring. Continue Reading

How to Install a Fake Backsplash in Your Kitchen

If you're a renter but want to improve your kitchen or bathroom, follow this tutorial on how to install a fake backsplash

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.             Continue Reading

70 Amazing Apartment-Friendly Decor Projects

70 amazing apartment decorating DIYs to totally transform your rental space!

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. Continue Reading

Seriously Effective DIY Apartment Upgrades That Won’t Tick Off Your Landlord

Upgrade your rental apartment without ticking off your landlord!

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. Continue Reading

How To: Awesomely Painted Walls Using Contact Paper

created at: 05/18/2011

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.  

created at: 05/18/2011

Stephanie pulled out a miracle with her medium of choice: Contact paper.  Continue Reading

Paper Tiles

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?

created on: 12/04/08

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? Continue Reading

Another Light Cover

created on: 08/24/08

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 mind that you will have to cut out LOTS of
these so the more intricate they are the more time they will take to
cut out. Continue Reading

8 Ways to Cover Ugly Light Fixtures

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.

created on: 08/20/08

1. Chic Scarf

A student classic that can actually work really well. Continue Reading

The Weymouth Beach Sand Castle Hotel

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.