By: Nicole Fandel, Marketing Specialist at Arbors Management

6 Renter Friendly DIY Projects to Make Your Rental Feel More Like Home

There are a lot of perks to renting: you don’t have to worry about home maintenance, you have more flexibility with moving, you’re not tied down by home ownership, etc.

But there are also some downsides to renting – one of them being the feeling that you can’t properly personalize the space or make it your own. 

However, there are ways around this! There are renter friendly DIYs that are temporary, cost-effective, and won’t violate the terms of your lease or upset your landlord.

Here are 6 DIY projects that you can do as a resident to make your rental feel more like home:


1. Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile RoomMates Aqua Seaglass Subway Peel and Stick Backsplash Tiles

Does your kitchen need a facelift? Something that is often overlooked but makes a world of a difference is backsplash. 

Sounds permanent though, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be.

Yes, there is such a thing as temporary backsplash, and it can take a rental kitchen to the next level. All you have to do is select your tile, peel, stick, and you’re done!

Take a look at this tutorial to get an idea of what materials you need and how the finished product will look. Trust me, you won’t be sorry you did this project.


2. Make a Gallery Wall Create A Gallery Wall In 8 Simple Steps - Photo Wall

Did you know that thousands of famous paintings are considered to be public domain, meaning that you can download high quality files of them for free online?

That’s right, you can find a ton of famous artwork online on websites like this and this and download it all for free, no strings attached. Find a high quality print service in your area, print the artwork at your dimensions of choice, frame, and hang! 

To make things even more personal, why not add some of your own pictures into the mix? Pictures of friends, family, pets, anything that makes home feel like home


3. DIY Artwork

Use an old piece of artwork you have or spend an afternoon at your local thrift shop browsing the aisles and see if you can find a cheap canvas that could use a new look. I’ll admit, this project may take a little more creativity than some of the others, but hey – minimalism is definitely in, so you don’t have to go too crazy! 

Personally, using spackle and creating a textured piece is one of my favorite techniques to repurpose a canvas that I’ve seen lately. It’s a little messy, but the end result is totally worth it.


4. Revive Old Furniture with Contact Paper

If you’ve been using the same end tables or desks for a number of years now, it’s probably safe to say that they could use a little freshening up.

If you’re not familiar, contact paper is an adhesive, decorative paper that can be applied to a variety of surfaces and comes in an array of different patterns – granite, wood, marble, and more – there are a ton of high quality designs to choose from!

For just a little bit of money and a little bit of time, the results are more than satisfying – take a look at this blog post to learn more about resurfacing with contact paper.


5. Refresh Floors with Peel and Stick Tile This image may contain Furniture Table Dining Table Chair Indoors Room and Dining Room

As we all know, everyone has different tastes and design preferences, even when it comes to things like flooring. Trends and styles come and go, but changing up something like flooring isn’t always that simple – but now, it can be!

Peel and stick tiles are a great way to bring new life to an outdated floor without ruining what’s underneath – a.k.a., a great temporary fix for renters looking for a change. 

If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to do, check out this article on how one man changed the entire style of his kitchen with a few hours and some peel and stick floor tiles. 


6. Create an Accent Wall with Peel and Stick Wallpaper Freshly hung wallpaper in a room with a small chair and houseplant.

In order to keep things simple and appeal to a range of people, most rental houses/apartments stick with a very basic color scheme on the walls, oftentimes plain white or a very light neutral shade. 

Because of this, it can feel like your space lacks character or individuality. However, there is a solution that doesn’t involve a paint can and an upset landlord: peel and stick wallpaper

Peel and stick wallpaper is available in a ton of different colors and patterns, like regular wallpaper, and can completely change the feeling of a room. With a statement wall like this, both you and your guests will be more than impressed with how personalized your rental home can be.


All in All…

When it comes to personalizing a rental home or an apartment, people often feel stuck, limited, or like they are unable to really make a space feel like home without making major, expensive, permanent changes. But as you read above, that certainly is not the case! 

As we discussed above, you can personalize you home as a renter in a variety of different ways:

  1. Peel and stick backsplash tile
  2. Creating a gallery wall with prints of artwork and personal pictures
  3. Creating your own artwork on thrifted canvases
  4. Using contact paper to liven up old furniture
  5. Cover up old flooring with peel and stick tiles
  6. Making an accent wall with peel and stick wallpaper

Even though these changes are temporary, it’s still a good idea to check your lease agreement and with your landlord to ensure that any modifications you make are acceptable. All of these changes are able to be reversed or removed, so make sure you leave your rental the way that you found it once you move out!

All of these projects can be done within a day or two with basic tools and actually are very cost-effective options. So, if you’re looking for fun, inexpensive ways to liven up your rental – you came to the right article. Happy DIY-ing!