u p g r a d e s.

Hey all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! My dad was in town this weekend, so we had a few days off with our boys, enjoyed some nice weather, good food, and some much needed down time. Weekends are my favorite:) 

Anyways, I’m not sure how many of you are renters or have rented in the past, but we are currently renting our house here. We would buy it yesterday if we could, but we are still waiting for our house in Houston to sell. So in the meantime, I just wanted to share a few ways to upgrade your house and make it feel like its your own while you’re renting. 

I am not totally sure I would consider myself a great renter…only in the sense that I have a compulsive need to decorate and change everything in the house to make it feel like home to me. My justification is always, “I’m doing the homeowners a favor by upgrading their home at my expense.” Which is kind of true…I mean, to my defense, I haven’t torn any walls down…..yet:) So its all good, right?

So, with that said, I have lived and learned what you absolutely should never do as a renter if you don’t want to totally ruin your renting reputation! But I have also learned a few ways that you can make subtle changes to your house without upsetting your landlord and being banned from ever renting again:)

Note: I have always lived by the motto “I’d rather ask for forgiveness, not permission.” and I don’t advise it…most of the time:) I will always recommend asking your landlord first before dojng anything!

So here it goes…

Lighting // This is my favorite way to do something small that makes a huge difference. I truly believe that lighting has a large influence in the style of your home. You’re home could be traditionally styled but if you put a mid century chandelier in there, it totally changes the feel of the house. Not in a bad way, but it just changes it. Lighting sets the mood of your home.

It is pretty inexpensive and easy to switch out a light fixture. We recently did this in our own house. I had my eye on this chandelier I wanted for the dining room so I bought it and had my father in law change it out for me and it dramatically changed the look of the room. And I absolutely love it!

B E F O R E.

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A F T E R.

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My next swap will be the kitchen lights. Here is what they are now and what I will be changing them out for. Its a little hard to tell in the picture, but I will swap out the island lights and the one above the sink, and I can’t wait to see the end result!

 

Paint // Paint goes a looonnnggg way in any space. Its an affordable change and most times you can take on the project by yourself without having to hire someone. I absolutely love neutrals. I’m all about a fun accent wall here and there, but my personal take on accents is I would rather have a neutral wall and add a colored vase, some colorful throw pillows, or some greenery. I’ve evolved over the years with this idea. I used to have 5 different accent walls in one room. If I can find the pictures ones day, I’ll show you. Maybe at the time, it worked. Or maybe it didn’t. But now I’m a lover of neutrals and cohesiveness. I’m a fan of every room in the whole house being painted the same color. To some, that may be totally boring, and I totally get that. Its just my preference. It gives your home a certain flow, but like I said, its just my preference. Here are a few of my favorite neutral paint colors. From left to right: “Revere Pewter” by Benjamin Moore. “Olympic Mountains” by Benjamin Moore. “Alabaster” by Sherwin Williams.

 

 

Something I have learned is that there isn’t a right or wrong to design. Truly, its all about what you love and what speaks to you. 

Hardware // This is a big one for me. I love hardware. Its fun and it can add a subtle and effective change to your space. The first thing I did when we moved into this house was swap out all of the kitchen cabinet hardware and all of the bathroom hardware. I’m still not totally done, but I got a pretty good start on it. The kitchen used to have this oil rubbed bronze hardware on it, and it wasn’t awful at all, but I wanted something different. So I ordered some polished nickel pulls and knobs from Home Depot and it totally brightened up the space. Polished nickel is my favorite because its like a tinted gold chrome. So its not chrome and its not gold. Its just a perfect in between. And if you’re ever wondering if you can mix metals, the answer is YES! I’m a big believer in mixing metals, but I’ll post that another day. 

 

Last but not least…

Peel and stick backsplash and peel and stick wallpaper // I have used the backsplash and it did wonders for one of my kitchens in a rental house we had years ago. It was super easy and decently budget friendly. I absolutely loved it because its mess free, you can cut it with scissors, and it just sticks right onto the existing backsplash without harming or damaging it. Its amazing. As for peel and stick wall paper, I have used it a few times and its another one of my favorites because it allows you to create an accent wall without having to paint if you don’t like painting. And it can add texture and creativity to your space. Here are a few of my favorites. The white subway tile is the backsplash, the gray is a peel and stick wallpaper.

 

Well, there you have it folks. Sorry, I normally like to have a bit more fun in my posts, but these few things have really helped me as a renter so I wanted to pass them along to those of you who may be renting and looking for fun, effective, and budget friendly ways to make your house feel like a home. I hope these few tips help you as much as they have helped me!

Have a great day! Stay tuned for more this week!

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