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B&A: This Dramatic Kitchen Redo is the Work of Creative, Budget-Savvy Renters
"As renters sometimes we feel powerless to improve our spaces," this apartment dweller says. She and her husband (and their landlord) came up with some quick fixes for this once-dated kitchen.
Jan 9, 2023
B&A: A $250 Project Adds Character and Elegance to a Plain Dining Room
This renter wanted to add some detail to her dining area, but there wasn't enough space for a buffet or other table, and, as a renter, she couldn't find any removable wallpaper she loved.
Oct 4, 2021
10 of the Best Renter-Friendly Home Transformations We've Ever Seen
These redos are proof that you don't have to own to make your place feel like home.
Oct 4, 2021
Before and After: A Super Low ($150!) Budget Kitchen Spruce-Up
And it only took four hours.
Mar 1, 2019
Before and After: This $350 Kitchen Redo Is Filled with Smart Rental Tricks
You know the drill: Any improvements made to this rental kitchen needed to be affordable and reversible, so that the renter could get the security deposit back. With just $500 in upgrades and some very clever re-styling, this kitchen now looks like a million bucks. I was all ready to gush over this ridiculously adorable wallpaper, when I realized that it’s not wallpaper: It’s renter-friendly removable decals.
Oct 18, 2018
Before and After: A Clever $400 Upgrade for Rental Bathroom Tiles
In today’s Before & After, a Berlin guest bath gets a six-hour, $400, low-key upgrade that’s sure to inspire even the least DIY-inclined among us. Here’s a hint: If you can operate a sticker, you can handle this project. Before we ooh and aah, let me just say that the bathroom is already pretty nice. It’s black and white, which is a great palette for a rental bathroom, and I love that little black stripe.
Sep 9, 2018
Before and After: This Small Balcony Was Turned into a $700 Second Living Room
When you live with four other people, you might need to escape the close quarters from time to time.
Aug 6, 2018
Before and After: An Ingenious Fix for Ugly Rental Bathroom Tiles
It looks great and costs very little.
Jul 7, 2018
Before and After: This Son Gave His Dad’s Rental Kitchen A No-Reno Makeover
This kitchen was very nice—great cabinets, pretty paint, sleek black countertops, fantastic wood floors—but even very nice can use a little boost now and then. Peel-and-stick tiles to the rescue, for a polished, personal, and renter-friendly update. This looks so great! The mini subway tile from Home Depot is delightful, plus the color works well with the new appliances and looks amazing with the orange sink.
May 25, 2018
Before and After: A Bold $230 Rental Bathroom Redo
This rental powder room has bright white walls, interesting art, enviable jewelry displays, and very nice fixtures, but there’s just something missing. What could it be? STRIPES! The answer is stripes. This bathroom is now so bold and glamorous. I love the way the wallpaper highlights the interesting ceiling, and the way the lampshade echoes the shape of the skirt in the illustration.
Apr 11, 2018
Before and After: This $200 Peel-N-Stick Kitchen Redo is All Sorts of Amazing
This project has so much going for it: it was done for less than $200! It was done in a rental! It features faux DIY granite countertops and a covetable KitchenAid! (Mixer obviously not included in the $200 total.) Click through and get dangerously inspired. I love this! The pink + celadon + white + gold combination is comfortingly and charmingly vintage, but the clean lines of the cabinet doors, handles, and subway tiles keep things modern.
Mar 5, 2018

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B&A: New Cabinets and Counters Give This ’60s Kitchen Its Groove Back
You’ve heard of mid-century modern, but have you heard of modern-meets-mid-century? This kitchen redo is inspired by the ’60s but fit and functional for the 2020s.
May 22, 2023
B&A: A $200 Kitchen Project Does Open Shelving the Renter-Friendly Way
“I always really wanted to add open shelving, but didn’t think it was possible because we were renting,” this DIYer says. Using about $200 worth of materials, she proved herself wrong.
May 15, 2023
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The color combo makes this kitchen feel extra inviting.
Apr 26, 2023
B&A: This Chic Kitchen Redo Is a Prime Example of How to Renovate in Stages
“Since this was my first place I owned, I wanted to make the entire space feel like me,” this condo dweller says.
Apr 19, 2023
B&A: A Daring Paint Job and Fresh Tile Revive This Tiny, Tired Kitchen
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B&A: A 1930s Kitchen Gets an Easy “In-the-Meantime” Refresh for $200
“The budget for this kitchen refresh was really to spend as little as possible,” this DIYer says.
Apr 16, 2023
Before and After: A Rental Kitchen Keeps Its 1960s Cabinets in This $600 Refresh
“I plan to stay in this place for some time, so the effort put in is worth it,” this renter says. His (totally removable!) updates cost $600.
Apr 7, 2023
B&A: A Bland '90s Kitchen Gets a Character-Packed DIY Redo for $7,000
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Mar 30, 2023
B&A: 5 Budget-Savvy Paint Projects Give This Decades-Old Kitchen a New Life
"Never underestimate the power of paint!" this homeowner says of her paint projects — including her countertops which look unrecognizable after a $125 project.
Mar 19, 2023
B&A: Smart Layout Changes and Fresh Finishes Brighten up a Dark 1960s Home
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Mar 12, 2023
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“I didn't like that my powder room looked like my neighbor's, and my neighbor's neighbor,” this homeowner says of her builder-grade “before.”
May 1, 2023
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Apr 29, 2023
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“By using the existing materials in this space, I saved a ton of money, and let’s be honest – who wants to gut an entire bathroom?” this DIYer says. “It’s dirty and dusty and takes FOREVER. Updating a small bathroom with accent walls is a budget-friendly way to add character.”
Apr 28, 2023
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Mar 21, 2023
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