The Ultimate Happy Place: Whimsical DIYs You Probably Never Thought to Try

The Ultimate Happy Place: Whimsical DIYs You Probably Never Thought to Try

Amelia Lawrence
Aug 19, 2017
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

You may have caught a look at Amina and Salvatore's incredible house tour and if not, seriously, how could you miss it? It's what all your rainbow and unicorn and glitter dreams are made of! What was so surprising, aside from the sheer amount of color packed into 650 square feet of rental space, was the amount of projects they created themselves. As avid DIYers and creative entrepreneurs, the label of "rental" didn't stop them from creating the ultimate happy-place-heaven for the two of them and their adorable dogs.

Hold on to your faux flower crowns – you're about to be blown away by all these eye-popping, jaw-dropping DIYs.

Let's begin in the bedroom, specifically the closet (shown above). Generally speaking, there is not much to be said for closet doors...unless you are a full-on DIYer, of course! Using painters tape and multiple vibrant paint colors, or going full on washi or duct tape, these psychedelic doors could be the new gateway to all those technicolor coats and patterned frocks that fill your closet.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

If re-painting your walls feels scary, Amina proves that it shouldn't be. She created a custom pastel mural to highlight her bedroom and to help camouflage their not-so-cheery breaker box. Pin up a couple handmade tassels like the ones Amina makes to cover up the eyesore, too. (Psst...interested in making your own felt message board? We have a tutorial for that.)

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Up for DIYing your bathroom counters with glitter and Mod Podge? Sounds messy but worth it if you're a fan of affordable sparkle.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Moving into the kitchen, you might feel the urge to let a scream...painting the cabinets in a rental!? Actually, no, Amina and Salvatore covered all of their kitchen cabinetry in none other than washi tape. Yes, you heard me correctly. Talk about creative (and dedicated) renters! The best part about this DIY is that it's easy (though time consuming) interchangeable, and totally removable when the lease is up.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Oh, and let's not forget about the cloud-covered appliances. Removable contact paper anyone? Just make sure to remove all the bubbles for a flawless finish.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Spotted in the hallway/dining area: Two easy IKEA makeovers (the RÅSKOG kitchen cart painted pink, and the KALLAX modular storage unit with Washi-taped doors), and a splatter wall. Basically, a little (or a lot) of paint can really help customize your furniture and space.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

At last the living room – complete with a (faux) living wall, DIY yarn tassels, and DIY pillow. If you're feeling extra adventurous, grab 1200 silk flowers, and large canvas, some hot glue, and make a huge statement piece that requires no light and no watering. Or keep things a little more simple and create a faux flower pillow instead.

Even if your own style is more...subdued — be like Amina and Salvatore. Don't be afraid to make your interior dreams a reality (or in this case a dreamlike reality), even if it means a little extra work before moving out. It's important to have a space that encourages positivity, keeps you calm, and inspires creativity. Whether that comes in the form of vibrant colors and patterns or fresh neutrals and sleek furniture is all up to you!

Special thanks to Amina and Salvatore for sharing their home, and their amazing outlook on life.

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