Doable, Affordable Ideas to Steal for Your First Apartment

Doable, Affordable Ideas to Steal for Your First Apartment

Autumn Hachey
Mar 1, 2018
(Image credit: Brady Tolbert)

Your first place, your first space...ok so it's not the Taj Mahal, but with a few easy fixes it can be your own pièce de résistance. See below for a roundup of a few quick and affordable DIY solutions that can make your rental feel a lot more like your home.

(Image credit: Small Fry)

Peel and stick wallpaper offers a certain comfort (for both you and your landlord) — you both know that it is not permanent. With such design flexibility, it can be a really fun option to do something bold that you can easily change up in the future! Emily from Small Fry designed this washroom using a fun and feminine peel and stick pattern that instantly transformed this small loo into a fun powder room.

(Image credit: In Honor of Design)

And know that peel and stick isn't limited to just walls either. Anna of In Honor of Design chose a botanical wallpaper pattern to update the front of this old dresser and great idea for updating hand-me-down or thrifted furniture.

(Image credit: Brady Tolbert)

For less than $50, Brady Tolbert completely revamped his floors using peel and stick tiles. Running the pattern diagonally made the space appear larger over all. The tiles are easy to cut with an exacto knife for easy installation. What a great way to do a big space makeover while not breaking the bank and making your new apartment pop with fresh bold color!

(Image credit: Pink Little Notebook)

Another simple way to really take your rental floors to the next level is with a quick grout facelift. And this one costs less than $5. Sabrina of Pink Little Notebook simply painted her grout white using paint she got at the Dollar Store, and the transformation is incredible! Just imagine: in an hour or two you can make your dingy grout gleaming white. Crank the tunes, get busy and in no time you'll have a new (to you) floor!

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

Lastly, we'll never get over these ingenious DIY color appliances by Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess. They're amazing, they're gorgeous and it only cost $400 to make her appliances look vintage and one-of-a-kind (which, although spend-y, is much cheaper than a SMEG). She used removable vinyl and now we want to sticker everything in sight — do you blame us?

(Image credit: Brady Tolbert)
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