Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Replace Vertical Blinds with Curtains Without Removing the Hardware - Content to Rent Idea #11

Hi there! How is your week going? I have really been enjoying the warm weather we're having in Cincinnati, and am excited that summer is just around the corner! It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for the next post in my Content to Rent series. If you haven't seen this series before, it's a weekly post I'm doing that spotlights decorating ideas for renters. I hope to show you decorating ideas that are stylish, affordable and easily removable.

Today I'm posting a neat trick I found here from Sassy Sanctuary. The idea is to replace ugly vertical blinds with curtains without even removing the track that they're on. You are able to hang up whatever curtains you want and they slide on the existing track already installed there for the vertical blinds.
This is such a smart idea! It does require you to use curtains with grommets, although I suppose you could also use curtain rings. All you do is take down the blinds and store them away. The grommets (or the curtain rings) can then slip onto the plastic piece that was holding each individual vertical blind in place. The picture below (from Sassy Sanctuary- this was her clever solution) shows how this idea works:
What I love about this idea is that it is quick and easy, and totally perfect for renters because you can swap the ugly vertical blinds back in place when you need to move out. That means not only do you avoid putting holes in the wall to hang up regular curtains, but you avoid even having to look at those ugly blinds while you're living there (or disguise them, like I did here).

A quick and simple solution to a very common rental decorating dilemma. I love that you can hang any kind of curtains you like, allowing you to further personalize your space and really make it feel like a home.

Thanks for stopping by to check 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:
#7: Hanging Shoe Organizers
#8: Swap Out Ugly Light Fixtures
#9: Colorful Area Rugs
#10: Removable Kitchen Backsplashes

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 your week!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Mini Pom Pom Garland

Hi everyone! We finally made it to the end of the work week, and now it's Easter weekend! I'm excited to spend some time relaxing with family on Sunday-- how about you?

I'm posting today to show you a quick mini pom pom garland that I created for my mantle. This was a project that only took about 15 minutes of work, but creates such a fun pop of color. Don't you agree?
To create this DIY mini pom pom garland, I used the fork method (have you seen this tutorial?). I love this method because it helps you to create pom poms of uniform size and shape. My pom poms were created with this fun multi-colored yarn that I picked up at Joann Fabrics. I felt like it had a nice spring palette of colors, perfect for my spring mantle.
To make the pom poms, you start out with a fork and a short piece of yarn. Place the length of yarn (about 3" - 4") in between the 2nd and 3rd tines of the fork.
Hold the short piece of yarn in place with one hand, then start wrapping yarn around the tines of the fork. Be careful not to accidentally incorporate that first length of yarn into the wrapped yarn, as you'll need it later.
Continue wrapping yarn around the tines of the fork until you've reached the desired fullness. The number of times you wrap the yarn around the fork determine how poofy (scientific term) your pom pom will be. This will also need to be adjusted depending on the type of yarn that you use. The yarn I used wasn't too poofy, so I wrapped it around the fork 70 times.
Cut off the end of the yarn after you've wrapped it around the fork as many times as you want.
This next part is a little tricky, but no big deal once you get the hang of it. You're going to take that original length of yarn (the one you held in place between the 2nd and 3rd tines of the fork) and tie a tight knot with it around the wrapped yarn.
Make sure the knot is nice and tight or the yarn will slip out later. Then slide the scissors into the loop of yarn and start cutting through each piece of yarn. If you find that the knot you tied wasn't very tight, just cut off a new piece of yarn and tie a tighter knot around the same area.
Keep cutting until all the lengths of yarn are cut.
Next fluff the pieces of yarn to create the full pom pom effect. Trim any long edges until you're satisfied with the look of your pom pom. Keep going until you have as many as you want.
To make the garland, I strung the pom poms on some pink thread.
Next I hung up the garland from the clear Command hooks on the mantle. Done!




I also made the cute pinwheels that you can see in the picture, which I'll share in a future post. Now my mantle is officially ready for spring! How about you? Have you done any decorating for spring?

Have a great Easter weekend!

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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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