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RENTERS TIPS: WASHI TAPE IDEAS

So you have just picked up your keys to your new home to be, It’s one of the best rental apartments you’ve come across. But it still has that ‘just rented’ feel. The only problem is that most landlords have restrictions on how much you can alter. Redecorating is out of the question, and if you mark the walls, you may lose your deposit. So how do you decorate a rented apartment?

You can’t paint, and so you need to be creative. In place of wallpaper and paint think about wrapping paper and fabric. Decorative wrapping paper can be applied to small wall areas or in between shelves. The small sheets will add a little colour without being overpowering. If you’re afraid of marking the walls, then use something like Command Strips. They won’t leave a mark and are easy to remove. Fabric can be used in a similar way. Or do a dramatic feature wall using a tapestry, or even washi tape. Which doesn’t mark walls, but always do a tester first…just incase.

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If your walls are painted with no raised patterns, then think about applying wall stickers. These vinyl wall decorations will adhere to your wall without glues or pastes. You can rub them on and then remove them when you’re ready to leave. You can buy similar stickers for kitchen and bathroom tiles.

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We used these removal dots for Archer’s nursery and command strips to hang his gallery wall! This allowed us to make his room a little special without loosing our deposit!

Now to washi tape. It’s a renters best friend! The colour and patterns are endless, and I haven’t had any problems so far removing it. You can use it to spruce up your kitchen..

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You could re-create this style kitchen using washi tape on the cupboards! Look at all the colour!

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Or use it to create stripes in the bathroom??

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Use it in your bedroom, or anywhere in your house really to frame pictures for your walls..

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Or just spruce up boring doors in your home!

I love washi tape and the possibilities are endless, you can even use it to spruce up old furniture or make some art on a canvas…this is an essential item for your tool box!

For further design inspiration read this article and this one.

 



5 Kitchen DIY’s that are cheap, quick and effective.

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Original image from Oh Joy.

 

Ok, so we all love a bit of DIY, up cycling and crafting things around us. But even I have had times when I wish I could do half of the things pinned on my pinterest. But some projects are just too big, expensive, or unrealistic..we have all seen those epic fails..and I have had my fair share of them too..but I thought i’d feature some DIY’s that I have found, some of which I have done, which are budget friendly, simple and look great. I’ll be posting my top 5 once a week for different areas. Starting firstly with the kitchen…

 

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Firstly, how amazing does this kitchen look? Just look at all the colour. Anyway to the DIY which comes from Oh Joy. Neon dipped storage jars is so effective and super cheap. You don’t even have to buy anything, as they don’t have to be neon. Just  using paint and the jars you already have you can add a dash of colour to your kitchen. This is great for renters, as it can distract away from ugly decor you can’t change!

 

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Spruce up old cupboards with washi tape. You can get so many different types of wash tape every where nowadays and it’s not overly expensive either. This is another renter friendly tip too! As washi tape comes of beautifully easy and won’t leave a mark. Honestly how did we survive without this pretty clouded tape? See this DIY at Vorstellung Von Schon.

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So simple, cheap and effective. Add colour to your utensils with paint. Just make sure you varnish it afterwards so its wash safe!! This DIY is from Earnest Home Co. I’ve seen this been done with an ombre effect which looks awesome!

 

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I’d be surprised if no one has any lego laying around, if not at their place at their parents..but if not. Charity shops are a great place to look out for lego, and this DIY from The Kitchn will please anyone..

 

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Last but not least, up cycle old mugs and cups with  1 simple tool. Sharpie. A great DIY and it’s super quick and cheap there’s no excuse not to try it!! This is from Don’t mind if I do. You can also get sharpie in gold now too just think of the possibilities!

 

So there are 5 quick, cheap simple DIY’s for your kitchen. A great way to clear out the cobwebs and add some colour and texture without breaking the bank or your back!

 

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Renters fix, 15 free artworks to decorate your home with.

Ok so I have been looking into ways to  make your rented place a home without annoying your landlord, and a great way to decorate your home without the use of paint or wallpaper, is art. Now the thing is everyone wants an art wall but hey who has a spare £300 to spend on art, let alone frames too. So I have sourced 15 free artworks, which will look great, and won’t cost you a penny…and the frames? You can’t beat rummaging through charity shops, and there’s always free cycle..get some spray paint and spruce them up…and let’s get this gallery wall started!

 

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Download and get this from I Rock So What. 

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Download this one from Design Editor.

 

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Download this from Mr Printables.

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Get this from Mr. Printables too.

 

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Download this from Mr. Printables too…if you can’t tell from the name..he has a lot of stuff you can print.

 

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Get this from the Open Art Project.

 

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I Like Boring Things quote by Andy Warhol, get this from A Beautiful Mess.

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For lovers of pineapples. Get this from the Oh So Lovely Blog.

 

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From the Oh So Lovely Blog too…a flamingo..well how could I not? Get this here.

 

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You can all these from Smitten On Paper…aren’t they awesome?

 

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Get these from Little Gold Pixel.

 

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Get these from Cora Mae Design.

 

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Get these on the Oh So Lovely Blog. 

 

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One of my favourites from the list, get this from Little Gold Pixel.

Now go rebel against the magnolia and fill your home with beautiful art works..for free! Tomorrow you can finally see my new office…hint…polka dots look awesome!!

 

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