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Make Your Rented Space Feel Like Home

APRIL 8, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. Temporary wallpaper is your friend.

This temporary vinyl wallpaper is available in different patterns and sizes on Etsy.

2. DIY temporary wallpaper if the vinyl stuff is too pricey.

This is actually so easy/cheap it's unreal. You essentially use starch and water to attach fabric to the wall, and it'll just peel off when you're sick of it. Find the details here.

3. Or use Washi tape for a less labor-intensive option.

And it's equally as removable. Washi tape is just Japanese masking tape, and it comes in a variety of widths, patterns, and colors. Check out the tutorial here.

4. Bling out your walls with Washi tape. 

Bling out your walls with Washi tape. 

5. Use decals to show your personality.

Available in lots of different designs and sizes, from dinosaurs and monkeys, all the way to Buddha.

6. DIY a compass banner.

Surprisingly cheap and easy. Check out the tutorial here.

7. Or make your trays do double-duty. 

Or make your trays do double-duty. 

8. Use Washi tape to hang pictures without nails or frames. 

Use Washi tape to hang pictures without nails or frames. 

9. Hang a custom message board using stick-on hooks.

Check out the how-to here.

10. Come home to a beautiful wreath.

Perfect for spring! You can find the tutorial here.

11. Repurposed wine crates make great entryway storage. 

Repurposed wine crates make great entryway storage. 

12. Use a tray to organize the smaller items.

Use a tray to organize the smaller items.

13. DIY a custom cake stand from clay pots to serve cake or put your perfume on. 

DIY a custom cake stand from clay pots to serve cake or put your perfume on. 

14. Install a cute custom vanity with very little damage to the wall.

All you need is a shelf, mirror, and chair. Check out what the author did here.

15. Make use of the space under your pedestal sink.

If you don't feel like shelling out for an under-sink unit, you could always MacGyver one out of wooden shoe racks, à la IKEA.

16. Make use of the dead space in your bathroom. 

Make use of the dead space in your bathroom. 

17. Use stencils to give your bookcase new life.

Find the tutorial here.

18. Or just line the edges with Washi tape for a more subtle look.

It adds just enough interest, and is removable, so you can do this to built-in shelves too! Find the how-tohere.

19. DIY a tufted headboard.

This one is mounted on a wall, but a few two-by-fours could be used to secure it to the bedframe as well. Check out how she did it here.

20. Break up the space with a romantic twinkling room divider.

This little guy is awesome because it breaks up the space but isn't overwhelming. You can watch the video tutorial here or access the written version here.

21. Sew some custom floor cushions.

These are an awesomely comfy addition to any room. Find out how to make these bad boys here.

22. Use your new floor cushions and twinkling room divider to create a cozy reading nook to hide away in. 

Use your new floor cushions and twinkling room divider to create a cozy reading nook to hide away in. 

 

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