Hey hello! This video is for anyone renting and looking to improve their living space and decor without losing their damage deposit. It’s possible to make dramatic changes to a rental property without making any permanent changes! Or maybe you’re a homeowner but you want to try a new look in your home without fully committing…either way, I hope you love this video and are inspired to try something new in your home!

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  1. Hannah Pea on March 3, 2023 at 8:59 am

    You can also tack wallpaper or even fabric to the wall so you don’t have residue to clean. Just be advised, don’t use a wallpaper with a water activated adhesive, as overtime humidity could cause it to adhere itself. Also, be conscious of heavily dyed fabrics leaving dye stains.

  2. Nurse T L on March 3, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Amazon has peel and stick molding

  3. SheToasty on March 3, 2023 at 9:00 am

    I think I heard somewhere that some water heads waste more water than others. Does anyone know if this is true? If so, it’s nice to know to save water (for the environment), save money on water bill, & I THINK i read somewhere that water can get colder faster if you’re dropping more hot water faster than it takes to heat. Can someone tell me if that part is true too?

  4. Dzintra Meier on March 3, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Dear Vivian, I’m just started decorating my new flat which is quite small. I love colours and bold decor but I’m so worried over do it. Please some advice, please???

  5. Aisha S on March 3, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Lots of love 💗 you are the best

  6. KaiZen _ on March 3, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Love the intro statement. Sooo many YT vids claim to be renter friendly and they’re just not! Thnx for keepin’ it real 🙂

  7. Briana Whatley on March 3, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Be careful about replacing shower heads. You don’t want to bust up the pipes behind the shower wall.

  8. Athena Parusudis on March 3, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Thank youuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Elin Gustafsson on March 3, 2023 at 9:04 am

    EXACTLY what I wanted to watch today! I’m moving into my first own rental on Nov 2nd and even though this unit is in absolutely great shape, I’ll definitely swap out the hardware and maybe even faucets. Also really into picture frame molding. And I’m thinking about painting 😅
    I can’t wait! Thanks for a great video, as always!

  10. Alex Marchant on March 3, 2023 at 9:05 am

    I totally get painting walls. I’ve almost always did it myself when renting. So when I got to the stage of property manager, I let my tenants paint… They got paint all over the carpets, and did such a terrible cover up job (they had black accent walls throughout the apartment) that I ended up having to completely repaint, and get the carpet removed. It was an extremely costly lesson. Their damage deposit didn’t come close to covering the costs.

  11. The Creative Youth Society on March 3, 2023 at 9:08 am

    For those who can’t paint their walls, they now also sell peel and stick wallpaper in solid colors, fabric soaked in fabric softener also acts as peel and stick wallpaper (you can also use a few clear thumbtacks at the top and base of your fabric panels if you don’t want to use the fabric softener method.

  12. Vixen Princess Nails on March 3, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Just recently (like…last month) moved into a new apartment, and some of these tips I might just use when we can afford them, like the cabinet hardware, and maybe (hopefully) some new faucets and backsplash tiles

  13. Harley on March 3, 2023 at 9:10 am

    The last time we painted a rental, the landlord loved it and asked us to leave it. 💁‍♀

  14. Marina Bletsas on March 3, 2023 at 9:10 am

    I use double sided tape for everything, even to hold my garments in place. But it had not occurred to me to use it for moulding 🤯 My flat is about to get fancy! 😃

  15. Adrianna Flores on March 3, 2023 at 9:12 am

    I saw on tik tok if u use painters tape on the wall first then attach your command strip it will protect the wall and still hang.

  16. Kate on March 3, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Yeah my landlord owns 5 properties and hates updating our units or adding security cameras so I don’t feel bad about painting besides they’ve been through a few times and all they care about is passing fire and safety regulations. Though I also learned they did a shoddy job on electric when I went ahead and replaced an old light fixture because I couldn’t find bulbs to it which is always semi concerning. My favorite was the outlet that was grounded with a nickle.

  17. sab_10 on March 3, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Oh the ugly faucets are so depressing. You can find faucets on clearance at lowes and in thrift stores. This is good content. Thanks for not suggesting candles and lamps. This place is too far gone for that.

  18. Jessica Wood on March 3, 2023 at 9:20 am

    Any ideas for covering ugly carpet?

  19. Matt on March 3, 2023 at 9:20 am

    My facute and shower head are super nice

  20. ProgressiveHeart on March 3, 2023 at 9:21 am

    I liked the idea of removable tiles. So I tried three brands on my old bathroom first (in the house I own). Even using a blow dryer on the tiles did nothing to cleanly remove the tiles. I now have to sand and repaint the “experiment” area of my bathroom. Glad I tested, before using in my apartment.

  21. Anthony Sirico on March 3, 2023 at 9:25 am

    I’m a land lord and I always but Mohen faucets they are good quality and functional. Being cheap with stuff like that doesn’t pay long term. Cheap faucets leak, leaks lead to plumbing repair cost cabinets and vanities getting wet and if not reported they rot. Cutting corners feels good on the wallet the day you spend money but down the road it bites you in the ass.

  22. Simple Home Art Decor Ideas on March 3, 2023 at 9:25 am

    what I’m afraid of when renting a house, not all homeowners are flexible to allow them to remodel their homes.

  23. Kristen Damico on March 3, 2023 at 9:27 am

    you are adorable..thanks for the amazing tips! 😊

  24. Chicago Sellout on March 3, 2023 at 9:27 am

    Exactly the compendium of tips I needed to share with a family member. Thank you!!

  25. K S on March 3, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Any other sink suggestions outside of contact paper?

  26. Ginger Dad on March 3, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Some landlords secretly like upgrades

  27. Nataliya Odud on March 3, 2023 at 9:38 am

    Thank you

  28. ExploreBeautyCo. with Kei on March 3, 2023 at 9:38 am

    Very late on this video wish I would’ve seen this sooner. 😂 you had me at certified plumber now 😂😂

  29. the exploring collective on March 3, 2023 at 9:39 am

    As a land(lady) with a strict "no painting" in the lease agreements, I would like to note that the best rule of thumb is to at least ask the owner first before painting the walls. I would be okay with some colours if they were reasonable and matched the unit aesthetic.

  30. InfamousRainbow on March 3, 2023 at 9:40 am

    I put in a reversible wall made from wood and (construction plate? I dont know the translation, they are breakable white plates). It did not require any screws to the house, just a bit of tape! It works by pressure and putting expanding foam inbetween the wall and the wood construction. It puffs up and squeezes the wall in place. Super sturdy and reversible!

  31. Danette Compton on March 3, 2023 at 9:44 am

    Lol, you are not old tired and damaged!! You are beautiful and wonderfully made! 🤗
    Thank you so much for these tips and for being such a intelligent inspiration! ❤️

  32. mitch hills on March 3, 2023 at 9:44 am

    It all depends on where you live. If you live in a social housing property, many of them give permission to do more major stuff, like replacement kitchens etc….in the UK that is! We rent and have what they call a ‘home for life’ so we spend quite a lot on it, knowing we will be here permanently….

  33. Calimesmerizer1 on March 3, 2023 at 9:45 am

    “Tap wear” sounds so fancy 💁🏾‍♀️

  34. disrespecc on March 3, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Got an ad for losing weight. No, YouTube. I need to GAIN weight. I am difficultly deathly emaciated and have a midhigh metabolism

  35. Bedina Bebe🐝 on March 3, 2023 at 9:45 am

    I may have talked myself out of a great apartment by asking the owner for permission to replace the rusty showerhead during the initial tour.😶 Isn’t a fresh basic paintjob the minimum that landlords should do to refresh an apartment between tenants. I feel like the issue is dark or textured paint or with a different base.

  36. Ljay Me on March 3, 2023 at 9:47 am

    Great Great video

  37. Cassandra Scott on March 3, 2023 at 9:47 am

    When I lived in a rented room (landlord’s home) he was strict on the ‘no nails’ to hang my pictures. I came up with a solution in the form of an ‘A’ support made from bamboo canes and raffia. The cross over at the top was for hanging and the horizontal cane was where my picture rested. The legs of the frame were pulled slightly away from the wall to stop it toppling over. The ‘look’ was unusual and impressed my landlord who was actually trying to made things difficult for me.

  38. Andrea on March 3, 2023 at 9:49 am

    We have a landlord and their management property to go through so there’s restrictions upon restrictions. But we’ve always just gone straight to the landlord and asked, "hey can we put in a shelf here?" and we offer to leave it when we move out and he’s always said yes. Simply asking for what you want goes a long way. I love your suggestions, there are so many things I want to try now that I never would have thought of. Thanks for the informative video!

  39. Dim Fre4kske on March 3, 2023 at 9:49 am

    Nobody makes holes in a rental property for "cable management", they do it because the home is from the dark ages before the internet so they can have a cabled connection which is stable unlike wifi.

  40. Ashley Kelly on March 3, 2023 at 9:49 am

    A note on peel and stick, they usually don’t like to come up very easily afterwards. Even command strips, I have had some come off easily and others did not and left decent holes in the drywall.

  41. Leonard Donato on March 3, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Uh, you’re not old, damaged, nor ugly! At worst, you’re a hot mess 😉

  42. Maid in America on March 3, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Any suggestions on cabinets? I would live to do something to brighten them up, I like the rustic/farmhouse look and these are the dark cookie cutter cabinets 😩

  43. Jon Wallace on March 3, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Dang, you can afford an apartment that have cabinets with door pulls!? What a flex. lol

  44. eArPh BoUnD on March 3, 2023 at 9:51 am

    I’m with you. I’m gonna paint. I don’t care what that contract says.

  45. Tina Bu on March 3, 2023 at 9:52 am

    just want to let you know how much ive enjoyed your content! they are so immensely helpful. i recently moved to an (rental) apartment that i feel like i’ll be staying at for quite a few years and your videos are a huge help when deciding on decor & renovations. there’s no reason for putting up with ugly fixtures/walls just because i am renting!

    i am currently painting my walls off-white with a flat finish on a very yellow and shiny base. i asked my maintenance person and he said most likely they won’t even notice since the company manages so many properties and they all have different paint colors. i also noticed how badly the previous paint job was done, there are paint drops and weird textures everywhere. this is my first time painting walls and i am already doing a much better job!

  46. Katarina P on March 3, 2023 at 9:52 am

    Oh, Alexandra Gater’s "Treehouse apartment" kitchen! 😀 The one with pink subway tile and hexagonal cabinet pulls.

  47. Tattedtrad on March 3, 2023 at 9:53 am

    Any suggestions of brands of peel and stick wallpaper that remove easy?

  48. Petronella Wessman on March 3, 2023 at 9:55 am

    A recommendation I’ve had from my actual landlord’s property manager is that if your contract says you’re not allowed to put nails in the walls, you take an exacto knife, cut a little tent shape (an A without the crossbar) in the wallpaper, and you peel down the little tab a centimeter or so. Put your nail in the gap, hang your stuff, and when you move out, you just buy the smallest amount of wallpaper paste you can find (or bootleg it with some other glue that dries clear), and you glue the tab back up.

  49. Wool&Words on March 3, 2023 at 9:57 am

    One thing you can do if they do not allow painting is to take a small sample of the current wall paint using an xacto knife and take that to any paint counter and have them match it. You can either use that to paint over your walls when you move out, or as a touch up while you are living there. It’s not usually EXACT, but it is close enough for no one to notice during a walkthrough.

  50. Ann Elizabeth on March 3, 2023 at 9:58 am

    I’m just always worried with painting the walls that white paint won’t successfully cover my color

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