Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Removable Kitchen Backsplashes - Content to Rent Idea #10

Hello everyone! How is your week going? It's hard to believe that it was almost 80 degrees on Sunday, then we got snow on Monday night! I have had a busy but productive week at work, but have fallen behind on some projects at home. Hopefully I'll have some new projects to share on the blog soon!

It's Wednesday again, meaning that it's time for the next post in my Content to Rent series. If you haven't seen this before, it's a weekly series I'm doing that focuses on decorating ideas for renters. I hope to show you decorating ideas that are stylish, affordable and easily removable.

Today I'm posting another idea that is equally great whether you rent or buy-- add personality and cover up anything ugly by installing a removable kitchen backsplash.
There are several different ways that you can DIY a temporary upgrade to your kitchen backsplash that is completely removable! I found lots of great ideas online, and the best part is that they are pretty cheap too, making this a project in which you get a lot of bang for your buck.

This renter used vinyl tile decals (that she designed herself, wow!) to create the look of high-end tile for a fraction of the price.
This removable kitchen backsplash was completed by cutting out individual shapes from contact paper to create the look of tiles. This would definitely take some patience but what a unique look!
The next DIY backsplash features a vinyl pattern that was very easy to install. I love the graphic look of the white vinyl on the gray paint!
Here's another one with removable decals. Each decal was cut by hand and placed into a pattern to create an interesting and fun backsplash in this colorful kitchen.
How about a removable fabric backsplash? I think this idea, which uses spray fabric starch to secure the fabric to the wall, is genius! What a great way to use fun fabric in a place you'll get to see it each day.
This is one I never would have thought of, but makes perfect sense! Using plastic plates as a bright and eclectic backsplash is a fun statement. You can get patterned plates for next to nothing these days, and I'm always wandering what to do with them. Great idea!
Another use for a common kitchen item-- this time, placemats are used as a backsplash. This is another fun way to add some color and whimsy to your kitchen, and also would be very easy to keep clean.
I still haven't tried out temporary wallpaper, and here's another idea to add to my file! I really love this bold and graphic pattern. It would be perfect in a small kitchen, don't you think?
Last, but not least, I'd love to try temporary tile tattoos! I have some plain-jane tile in my bathroom that could really benefit from some of these removable decals. Since they come in different colors and styles, you could really create a custom look in your kitchen (or bathroom) for a fraction of the price!
So that's another easy idea to personalize your rental space! Thanks for checking out the most recent post in my Content to Rent series. You can stop by again next Wednesday for another affordable decorating idea for renters (or those who prefer to change their decor frequently!).

For more inspiration, look at the other posts in this series:

Or you can check out my Pinterest board for all the ideas I find for renters.
Follow Lyndsay's board Content to Rent on Pinterest.
Have a great rest of the week!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Colorful Area Rugs - Content to Rent Idea #9

Hi guys! It's Wednesday again, meaning that it's time for the next post in my Content to Rent series. If you haven't seen this before, it's a weekly series I'm doing that focuses on decorating ideas for renters. I hope to show you decorating ideas that are stylish, affordable and easily removable.

Today I'm posting an idea that is equally great whether you rent or buy-- add colorful area rugs to your home for an instant update to your decor!
Area rugs are perfect for so many areas in your home. They are a great way to take a risk, to try a pattern a little bolder or a little brighter, or to incorporate a pattern into the room. In addition, area rugs can help to define different spaces as your home, especially in the living room. Whether you buy or DIY, there are tons of great options at different price-points.

Here are some of my favorite area rugs available for purchase online:

If you are more of the DIY type, I also found several online tutorials for some beautiful area rugs. You would never guess that these are homemade, would you?
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Worried about carpet? Turns out that it's no big deal to layer a colorful area rug right over top of your wall-to-wall carpet. Check out the ideas below about adding an area rug on top of carpet.
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There you have another easy idea to personalize your rental space! Thanks for checking out the most recent post in my Content to Rent series. You can stop by again next Wednesday for another affordable decorating idea for renters (or those who prefer to change their decor frequently!).

For more inspiration, look at the other posts in this series:

Or you can check out my Pinterest board for all the ideas I find for renters.
Follow Lyndsay's board Content to Rent on Pinterest.

Have a great rest of the week!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

DIY Radiant Orchid Chalkboard

Hi everyone! I'm posting today to show you a quick update in my front entryway. Check out my newly painted radiant orchid chalkboard!
I picked up a small sample pot of paint from Lowe's in Pantone's color of the year, radiant orchid. It's such a bold color that I really wouldn't want it in my home as more than an accent color. So I decided to paint the frame of my large chalkboard in radiant orchid. It turned out to be such a fun and bright accent, and adds some much-needed personality to the entryway.

The chalkboard had previously been painted a light aqua color and used to live in the kitchen at my last house. Since we moved to this home last August though, it has just been leaning against one of the walls in my office. I propped the chalkboard up on some pots on the kitchen table, and cleaned it off.
I taped off the chalkboard and then used a small foam brush to paint on the first coat.
I let it dry and finished it off with a second coat of the radiant orchid paint. Perfect! After the paint was dry, I drew on a design for spring.
I hung it up near the closet in the entryway. Looks great!

You can see it as soon as you walk in the house, either from the front door or the door to the garage (which is usually how we come and go). It's a much brighter view now in the entryway! Here's a comparison of how it looked before and after:

Isn't it funny how you never realize just how plain a space looks until you add a pop of color? It always makes me want to get the ball rolling on more projects to add life and personality to the space.
Do you have a favorite way to start adding color to a space? I like to start with fabric, or by picking out a few colors to focus on. But sometimes it's just fun to try out a trendy color, such as radiant orchid, in an easy way that can be swapped out for something new once you get tired of it.

That's it for now. Have a great rest of the weekend!
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