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This TikToker Transformed Her Rental Kitchen Using Dollar Tree Items
You can add your own flair with just a few bucks and some patience.
Mar 6, 2023
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
6 of the Best Rental-Friendly Makeovers We Saw in 2021 — Starting at Just $85
Let these creative redos inspire you to take a fresh look at your own rental.
Dec 19, 2021
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: An Ingenious Fix for Ugly Rental Bathroom Tiles
It looks great and costs very little.
Sep 30, 2021
Before & After: A Living Room Fireplace Goes from "Pukey" to Super Luxe
With all Amazon Prime products!
Jul 24, 2021
Can We Make Over This Rental Bathroom for Less than $500?
Erika’s young and doesn’t spend an arm and a leg on rent. Sure, her bathroom is functional, but all those shades of off-white are a style travesty that could make even the most stalwart of tenants cry beige tears. It’s a rental, so nobody wants to go nuts and spend a lot of money to renovate it, but Erika wanted something a little more fun and befitting her age. So, the goal is to give her an entirely new, bright, amazing bathroom for $500. Think we can do it?
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Washi Switch Plates
Light switch plates aren’t something I give much thought to. Until I see a really cute one. Mari, who blogs at Crab + Fish, used washi tape (the craft material du jour) to transform plain light switch plates in her home. It’s simple, cheap and super renter-friendly.As you can see, she didn’t just do one or two switch plates, she liked the look so much that she kind of just kept on going.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Create a ‘Bedroom’ in a Studio Apartment with Ikea Panels
What do you do when you’re living in a small studio apartment, but don’t want people to be able to see your bed immediately upon walking in the door? Apartment Therapy reader Christina was faced with this particular dilemma when designing her friend Ann’s apartment and decided to get creative.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: A Rental Gets Color in the Living Room Without Painting
How do you add color to a rental without painting? That was the challenge this client posed to Lisa of Olive Juice Designs. She responded by creating an inviting living room, perfect for entertaining, without pulling out a single paintbrush. From Lisa: A single apartment dweller in San Francisco contacted me to help her with her living room. She admitted that her apartment was lacking in many areas, and she was embarrassed to have friends over.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Rental’s Dirty Carpeted Stairs Get a Welcome Change
This week Camille is sharing her real life rental challenge and how she transformed her dingy carpeted entryway stairs (with her landlord’s permission!) into something more welcoming, yet still temporary. If you want to start by hearing all the plans, check out the before photos here. Updating an old home is filled with challenges.
May 3, 2019

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This Kitchen's "Dull" Oak Cabinets Transform with a Lively New Color
It's filled with extremely whimsical DIYs.
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A Dated, "Very '80s" Kitchen Gets a Striking No-Demo Makeover
Plus a couple other swaps make this kitchen sing.
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A "Dated" Kitchen Totally Transforms — But Still Has Wood Cabinets (Really!)
Goodbye, "dated" wood cabinets. Hello, totally chic ones.
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Striking Turquoise Cabinets Transform a Cramped, Dark Kitchen
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Mar 30, 2024
A Kitchen’s Major Transformation Is a Functional “Dream Come True”
Every design element factors in day-to-day use.
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Fresh White Cabinets Transform a "Dark, Bleak” Kitchen
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The Cabinets in This $500 Kitchen Makeover Look Twice the Price
One thing the homeowner would change about the makeover? “I would have done this a long time ago!” she says.
Mar 25, 2024
A DIY Makeover Gives a “Sterile” White Kitchen Cozy Craftsman Vibes
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Mar 23, 2024
Gorgeous Painted Cabinets Give a “Dark, Drab” Kitchen a West Coast Vibe
The DIY backsplash adds to the airy, spacious feeling, too.
Mar 20, 2024
A "Hideously Outdated" Kitchen Goes Bold with a Must-See Accent Wall
The wallpaper features the homeowner’s original photography.
Mar 18, 2024
Striking Purple Cabinets Transform a "Very Early 2000s" Kitchen
A disco ball in the kitchen? Sounds like a party!
Mar 16, 2024
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The new tile feels much more era-appropriate.
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This $400 Bathroom Transformation Has “Chic Tree House” Vibes
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Mar 31, 2024
A "Cave-Like" 1990s Bathroom's Transformation Is Bright & Cheery
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It’s a little bit vintage, a little bit Parisian, and very welcoming.
Mar 26, 2024
A “Starter Pack” Flipped Bathroom Gets a Redo with Old-School Charm
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For $1,200!
Mar 19, 2024
A Yellowing Bathroom Gets a Luxe Redo That Leaves No Detail Untouched
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There’s a clever trick for making a brand-new toilet look vintage.
Mar 12, 2024
A “Beige and Dated” ’90s Bathroom Transforms with a Trendy Tile Upgrade
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“Don't be afraid to go bold with colors in small spaces,” the homeowner says.
Mar 8, 2024
An "Outdated" Bathroom's Makeover Features a Funky $60 Accent Wall
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The homeowners aimed for “unique on a tight budget,” and they certainly delivered.
Mar 6, 2024
This No-Demo Bathroom Redo Makes a Blue 1950s Tub Look Totally Chic
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All of the changes are rental-friendly.
Feb 20, 2024
A Crumbling 1970s Bathroom Gets a Makeover That’s a True Work of Art
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Small bathrooms are a great spot to go big with design.
Feb 18, 2024
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The orange gradient tile isn’t totally gone, though. *Wink.*
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