Radical Renters: When Renters Make Big Changes

From the Archives: Greatest Hits

We'd never blame you for playing it safe in your rental in terms of getting your deposit back and keeping the peace with your landlord. But we can't help but admire the renters who go out on a limb. Here are my favorite security-deposit-be-damned DIYS from the Apartment Therapy archives:

From: Matt Makes His Tiny Rental Into A Home

Bold Matt painted the bathroom floor (top photo), ripped out his plastic shower surround so he could retile the entire bathroom, replaced his kitchen cupboards with open shelving, and painted his living room a bright blue.

From: Ellenkate & Tim's Clever DIY Loft

This amazing apartment features the couple's DIY loft, bar area, and 27-foot long light. But they maintain that "we could restore the apartment to its pre-Tim and EK condition in about 18 hours, if necessary."

From: Sofia's DIY Garden Apartment in Brooklyn

The incredibly talented Sofia created the shelving and fireplace in her kitchen, as well as the fireplace and dining area in the garden. As if that weren't enough, she added shelves, hooks, and rich paint, thus converting the entrance into a mudroom.

From: Olivia's Rental Loft In Venice

Interior designer Olivia added Fornasetti wallpaper to her living room and reclaimed-wood shelves and an IKEA sink and countertops to her kitchen.

From: Jenna's Exposed Brick Studio

Small Cool 2014 featured Jenna's DIY vinyl tape kitchen and bathroom floor, and a full how-to and follow-up can be found on Jezebel.

Updated from a post originally published 7.21.2014 - cm

(Image credits: Marcia Prentice; Alexis Buryk; Andrea Sparacio; Jezebel)