3 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do Yourself: Renter-Friendly DIYs

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3 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do Yourself: Renter-Friendly DIYs

By Sandy Saintilus

So you just moved into your new apartment, you’ve got your Pinterest boards all mapped out and your Ikea shopping list ready to go. There’s just one problem: You’re renting and there are hella rules about what you can and can’t do. And the CAN’Ts definitely outweigh the CANs. Some leasing agreements have restrictions about paint, nails in the wall and even candles—yes, candles.

“How would they know?”, you ask. They wouldn’t, so I totally light all the candles I want. But if you get caught, …don’t look at me.

So how do you achieve your picture-perfect Pinterest apartment (say that 5 times fast) without bumping heads with your landlord?

Check out these 3 renter-friendly makeover ideas that you had no idea you could do on your own.

1. Change Your Floors

Fun Fact: You don’t need to be the Property Brothers to change the flooring in your home.

You just need to “pop lock and drop it.”


Let me explain.

Vinyl planks can be applied on top of your current floors and lock in place by just snapping the planks together. They look like wood floors and are water resistant, so they’re perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

2. Renovate Your Balcony

Now that the floors inside of your apartment are poppin’, it’s time to focus our efforts on the exteriors floors, aka the balcony.

Type “balcony ideas” into Pinterest and you’re bombarded with images of twinkle lights, potted plants, and cozy pillows and blankets.

Although they look cool there’s one major problem with these decor ideas -- you can use all the lights and pillows you want but that ugly concrete floor of your balcony is sure to clash. An easy fix to this is Decking Tiles from Ikea. Similar to the pop lockin’ vinyl floors mentioned earlier, these tiles snap in place over your current flooring and result in a completely updated balcony.

Images via Ikea

3. Install Crown Molding

Your home is a queen and it deserves a crown.

Can I get an “Amen”?

Most rental apartments install baseboards because they cover up the unfinished and jagged edges of the drywall, but leave doorways and ceilings bare because it’s just not part of the construction budget. Leaving your ceiling and doors bare is a real missed opportunity when it comes to adding finishing touches.

Just take a look at the pictures below. Doesn’t the one with crown molding look WAY better?

Images Via Unsplash

Traditional crown molding requires power tools and nails which can be both dangerous and intimidating, but have no fear -- if you want the finished look of molding in your home you can opt for styrofoam molding that looks just like the real thing. 

Brands like Crown Molding Solutions offer various sizes and styles to match whatever look you’re going for in your apartment.

The best part is that it’s SUPER easy to install!

Just measure out and cut your molding pieces, paint them with primer, apply caulk to the back of them, stick them to the wall, and ba-da-boom ba-da-bang you’re done. All without breaking a sweat or, most importantly, a nail.

Images via Crown Molding Solutions

That’s it! Follow these 3 tips and you’re on your way to achieving your picture-perfect Pinterest apartment.

Try these decorating tips and tag @twentysomethinandblack and me, @sandysaintilus, so we can see your beautiful home!