I live in an apartment, so I know the common refrain: The blinds are ugly. The bathroom is butt ugly. The appliances are tacky. And it’s just so damned generic.
Well, put your creative thinking cap on and let’s figure out ways to do something about it!
Vinyl Floor Cloths
Enter vinyl floor cloths. They lay down like rugs, but they’re more heavy duty and quite durable. They can be cut to fit your space, so it’s a temporary solution in what may be temporary digs. This one is from Spicher & Co.
This might be a good solution for me, as I have a tile floor in my bathroom and it is cracked in places.
When I had the vanity installed that I bought January 2017, the guy I hired to install it ended up cracking it even more.
So it’s not at all a pretty sight!
I’ve considered the same kind of flooring I have in the rest of my apartment, which is vinyl planked flooring. But I know it would be more expensive and be a much harder and labor-intensive job.
Peel & Stick Tile Sheets
You can find these peel and stick tile sheets at your big box stores like Home Depot.
This is another option that I want to check out. I like the look of these peel and stick tile sheets, and I really need to cover the painted walls above my kitchen counter because water is always getting splashed on them. And I repainted them not all that long ago.
I would feel better if I could wipe town these peel and stick tile sheets instead of getting the walls wet for sure! I’m planning on checking out prices for these peel and stick tile sheets.
The new apartment management where I live told me that she wants residents to fix up their homes however they want. So I’m going to take advantage of that, as many managers do not want you to alter the look of your rental home.
You can use adhesive film for privacy or decorating.
I really love this idea! I want to take down the vertical blinds on my patio doors. But I also want something covering the glass because, though I have a privacy fence, a man lives on the other side of that.
I might consider covering the lower half of those glass doors for privacy.
And I really hate my other windows. They are thin and cheap. I might think about covering those.
It would help I think on utilities as well as improving the look of the windows. Which for me are those old-fashioned crisscrossing x shapes on the glass. Ugly!
I would consider not even raising the blinds, but I have house plants that need light.
As the name implies, this is removable wallpaper. This is becoming easier and easier to find these days.
Just so you know, Limitless Walls is sending me some removable wallpaper for one wall in my apartment. I’ll be showing that when I get it up. I’m planning on putting it on the wall behind my couch.
Update: I’m updating this older post, so I’m here to tell you that that removable wallpaper was a nightmare for me when I went to take it down. Oh my God! I had to go to great lengths to get the sticky glue residue off the wall.
I tried quite a few options to get the glue off so I could prime and paint. But nothing worked! I ended up having to buy an application by Zinsser to cover the surface so that I could then paint it.
However, I’m not saying you wouldn’t have better luck. My old walls (which have a lot of problems to start with because whoever has been updating them has done a bad job) might have been the problem. I don’t know and never will.
But I do like the look of wallpaper here and there. It breaks up the look of plain painted walls and provides a focus wall as an accent.
But if you don’t want to commit to wallpaper fo an entire wall or apartment, do something on a small scale.
If you have a fabric that you just love, use it to create artistic wall art.
You can use foam core/board for this project. Using spray adhesive, apply your fabric to the foam core, allowing a few inches of fabric to lay over and above the size of the foam core.
Then when you have your fabric smoothed out, tape the extra fabric behind it.
You can find the foam core or board at office supply stores.
I might want to try this idea. I don’t know where I’d have room to do it on my walls to be viewed as art. But one idea might be to cover foam core/board with fabric and putting it in the back of my kitchen cabinets.
Then I might decide to take the cabinet doors off again. I don’t know. I’ll think about this and see if I can come up with a better idea that appeals to me.
These are temporary decals designed specifically for kitchens and bathrooms. I have not tried this on walls. I have used decals on one kitchen cabinet door and on my refrigerator however.
There are other ways to make your home look custom “you.”
Change out the faucets. I had that done. Twice in my bathroom in fact. For not all that much money, you can totally change the look of a kitchen or bathroom by switching out the faucets.
And if you rent and can get someone in maintenance to switch them out for you, then you wouldn’t have to hire a plumber if you don’t feel that you can handle the job yourself. I would not want to do this myself!
Another idea is to change the switch plates on the wall. (Keep the ones that came with the apartment. And then if you move, put them back on and take the ones you purchased.)
Change the cabinet hardware. I did this, and it really updated the look.
Switch out the door knobs. (My door knobs are old and, to me, quite ugly. I might give this idea some thought.)
You can always switch these things back should you choose to move.
Get creative with Washi tape. It comes in so many colors and patterns now. I’ve been thinking about doing this myself.
With all the wonderful new products on the market today, there’s so much you can do with a rental. Don’t let the fact that you’re renting keep you from having a home you truly love.
As I always say, love it while you rent it!