The Renter's Guide to DIY Mini Makeovers

Your home is temporary and there are restrictions on how much you can change it...until now! With these 13 genius renter upgrade ideas, you too, fellow renter, can totally remake your space, without breaking the bank or your walls!
12/05/2014 03:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

You love perusing beautiful home reno's and makeovers online. You sigh out loud when you see a wall with a bold coat of paint, or a beautiful tiled bathroom floor. Why do these beauties upset you rather than inspire you? Because you're a renter. Your home is temporary and there are restrictions on how much you can change it...until now! With these 13 genius renter upgrade ideas, you too, fellow renter, can totally remake your space, without breaking the bank or your walls!

1. Paint Your (Wall-Papered) Walls!
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Project via Hometalker Isabelle @Engineer Your Space

True, you're not actually allowed to paint your walls, but walls covered in  paintable wallpaper? That's fair game!

2. Create an Interesting Accent Wall
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Project via Hometalker Monica @East Coast Creative Blog

No more envying the embellished walls of someone else's house - create your own removable and reusable accent wall, using wood, wallpaper, and decorative nailheads!

3. Decorate Your Bookshelves
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Project via Hometalker Katie @ Wanderer's Palace

Adding coordinating strips of fabric to the area behind your books is a simple and impermanent way of decorating some of your blank spaces.

4. Easily Add a Headboard
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Project via Hometalker Alicia @Thrifty&Chic

Make your bedroom fulfill all of your decor dreams,  including a headboard, which, despite the huge visual impact, will hardly leave a lasting effect.

5. Cover Up Unattractive Flooring
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Project via Hometalker Katie Nathey @Upcycled Treasures

If you hate the floors in your apartment but can't tear them out, cover them up, with DIY stenciled, painted, or even sharpied rugs, like  this one for $25!

6. Hang Up a No-Nail Photo Gallery
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Project via Hometalker Abi @Laughing Abi

If you're looking for a colorful and interesting way to hang your photos, without putting holes in your wall, use washi tape to create a beautiful border or simply tape up the corners, for a quick, pretty, and totally removable display.

7. Install Some Harmless Shelving
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Project via Hometalker Chelsea @Making Home Base

If you're looking to add shelving that will make a big statement but only leave a small mark, try this nifty nautical idea. It's sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

8. Add a Funky Wall Design
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Project via Hometalker Kayla @Home Coming

Removable, adjustable, sold in an array of colors and patterns - washi tape is a renter-decorator's dream come true and the perfect tool for creating some  eye-catching wall detail!

9. Try a Makeover for Your Stairs
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Project via Hometalker Gwen @The Bold Abode

If you live in a place with multiple floors, cure your boring stairway, by   wallpapering your risers, to brighten your steps and add a whole new look to your space.

10. Add Some Cabinet Design
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Project via Hometalker Dawn @By Dawn Nicole

If you're craving new cabinet colors, try applying contact paper or removable wallpaper to the front, or try out this convenient and cute  cabinet chalkboard idea!

11. Upgrade Your Backsplash
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Project via Hometalker Cheryl @Cheryl Beasley

Just because you can't add tiles or paint, don't give up on an eye-catching backsplash. Check out the placemat-turned-backsplash that this renter dreamed up!

12. Create an Entryway by Designing Your Door
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Project via Hometalker Isabelle @Engineer Your Space

A DIY no-paint striped door is a quick, easy, and totally adjustable way of decorating your entryway, no matter the size of your space.

13. Look for Design Opportunities
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Project via Hometalker Lisa @Concord Cottage

Your limitations can actually be your motivation to try new things and think outside the box! Look out for places you can decorate and maximize that potential, like this fabric covered ceiling fan!

Want more great ideas like these? Check out our  Home Improvement page on Hometalk for lots more from the Hometalk Community.