This TikToker Transformed Her Rental Kitchen Using Dollar Tree Items

published Mar 6, 2023
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It’s easy to feel limited by your decor options in a rental, especially if you’re concerned about potentially permanent changes that will piss off your landlord and/or prevent you from getting your security deposit back in full. One TikToker found a solution to sprucing up her rental kitchen at Dollar Tree, proving that you can add your own flair with just a few bucks and some patience.

TikTok user Sarai Morillo recently moved into her very first apartment, and she’s all about sharing the budget-friendly steals she’s snagging along the way. The first-time renter even figured out how to change the backsplash and counters in her kitchen, taking them from standard to stylish all with a few affordable essentials.

“Just because [it’s] a rental doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into your liking,” she added a caption into the clip, also noting that everything she purchased came from Dollar Tree. She detailed the process of adding peel-and-stick wallpaper panels to the counters and backsplash, protecting the integrity of the surfaces by first adding painter’s tape, which will then hopefully aid in a more seamless removal process when the time comes.

By cutting the decals to size as needed, Morillo was able to add bold patterns to her kitchen with ease, with people in the comments section praising her for the addition of the painter’s tape. “I did this in my kitchen too! Easy clean up and lasted 1.5 years,” shared one person. “The tape thing is next level smart omg,” added another. “Thank you! I always tell people you can make a rental look the way you want it as long as you put it back the way it was before,” wrote yet another.

The fact that this kitchen makeover was done on a serious budget is merely the cherry on top here, and the end result is a fuss-free, super fun addition to any space that needs a little extra loving.