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    25 Easy Ways To Help Transform A Rental Apartment

    Easy, landlord-approved items to refresh your home and get your security deposit back.

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    1. Give your tiles some temporary tattoos to liven up your kitchen, bathroom, or mud room.

    Stick Pretty

    Get a set of 10 decals from Stick Pretty for $26 (available in 59 styles).

    2. Hang some fake vines on your walls or windows, and get the Poison Ivy lair you've always wanted.,

    Promising review: "This vine looks pretty good for the money. It’s great for filling in any area with green. I tugged pretty hard on it to get it through a trellis and not one leaf fell off. It is super durable. There is no color variation so I may weave another vine through with this vine." —Metz

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $15.99.

    3. Or just get a real plant, like a tricolor stromanthe, for fresh air and a fresh new look.


    These babies like bright, indirect light.

    Promising review: "THIS PLANT IS BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING AND SO GORGEOUS AND HEALTHY! It literally arrived in a day. I cried and howled in joy when I pulled the box away and pulled the well-wrapped trappings away from its secure and healthy root ball. It is flawless and perfect and healthy. I can't wait to pot it and love it and treat it with all the love and adoration that I have for it. BEST PLANT DEAL I'VE EVER GOTTEN!" —Shiznit1984

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49+ (available in two styles).

    4. Switch out all your ugly knobs for fancy brass ones for a surprisingly noticeable difference.


    Promising review: "Really love these. They were inexpensive, but look top notch. We used them in both our bathrooms. Can be used either direction for a sharp look." —Kelsey F

    Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in two other finishes).

    5. And grab some matching drawer pulls to complete the well-polished kitchen look.,

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in 10 sizes).

    6. Invest in a reliable floor lamp, because installing lighting is not something mentioned in the lease.

    Amazon, Target

    Get the globe from Amazon for $64.99 or the rose gold lamp from Target for $93.99.

    7. Hide from prying eyes the prettiest way possible with stick-on window film. First floor problems, be gone!, Amazon

    Bonus: When the light hits your window just right, you get indoor rainbows!

    Promising review: "I'm surprised at how much I like this. I was afraid it would look cheap, but it doesn't. From the outside looking in you don't see the colors, but from inside when the light hits, it's very subtle and pleasing to the eye. It's perfect for that oddly sized window by my front door that I had to order specially made blinds for. Even then, I didn't like the blinds closed, but didn't like them open either. This solves that problem and was easy to put up with just soapy water. Big difference for little investment." —Alice Wakefield

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in two styles).

    8. Cover up sun spots or damaged wood with some ~fake~ wood contact paper until your super can get around to actually fixing things.,

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome!! Bought some to cover up sun spots on a few windows before we sold our house, and couldn't believe how good it looked and how easily it installed. I could hardly tell the difference from the original wood! Recommend to anyone looking for a cheap fix!" —Trent

    Get it from Amazon for $2.87+ (available in seven colors and five sizes).

    9. Find a pretty bookshelf to help mitigate your strong desire to put up shelves.

    Amazon, Walmart

    Get the industrial one from Amazon for $149.99 or the gold one from Walmart for $129.99.

    10. Stick some tiles on your bathroom walls or kitchen backsplash for an easy (and reversible) way to transform your home.,

    Promising review: "Amazing product. Wish it was just a little cheaper, but this is the cheapest I found out there so it is worth the money. I would recommend buying an adhesive spray for those that have broken or lumpy walls. But other than that I completely transformed my kitchen with these. Highly recommend this." —JM

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97+ (available in two different sets).

    11. Or add some rustic charm to outside your fireplace with some peel and stick faux brick.,

    Promising review: "Being an artist I have bought A LOT of faux pattern vinyls for various projects and I have to say this is by far the best faux stone vinyl I have ever come across. I am truly impressed with how realistic both the textures and colors of this 'stone' are. I love it and intend on buying multiple patterns of this." —CutePanda

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available as one tile or as a 15 square foot kit).

    12. Hang an additional bar in your closet to give you some extra space until you finally move somewhere with a walk-in closet.


    Promising review: "This is perfect. I bought this to hang jeans on in a blank area of my room. My apartment is small and space is limited. The bar did the job that I wanted it to do and the fact that it's sturdy enough for my heavy jeans makes this an A+ product in my book." —Terri Beavers

    Get it from Amazon for $11.52.

    13. Top your little one's bed with a canopy so they can feel like royalty as they sleep, no peas under the mattress needed.


    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in three colors).

    14. Hang star string lights anywhere you need some whimsy (like oh hey, on your kid's new canopy!).


    They are battery powered and have three settings: on, off, and flash.

    Get a string of 30 or 50 LED stars for $8.99.

    15. Peel and stick fake marble onto everything, because granite countertops are not in you or your landlord's budget.,

    Promising review: "Used a little more than one roll for a quick makeover for an ugly fireplace in a rental apartment. It was easy to cover the tiles with the film, and I could stretch the film out about 1 mm if I had cut the strip too short. It makes a huge difference for minimal effort/price. I don't think anyone would be squinting down at the floor to notice the slightly pixelated pattern." —zhen

    Get a roll from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in nine configurations).

    16. Drape a fuzzy, faux fur rug over your chair and feel so much more chic.


    Promising review: "We love these throws!! We’ve bought four (purple, pink, turquoise, grey) to use in photos with our social media puppy. They have held up beautifully even after washing (we air dry and do some light combing after) and our dog actually prefers them to her bed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98 (available in two colors and two sizes).

    17. Replace your annoying and dusty Venetian blinds with bamboo blinds that will change the whole vibe of the room.


    Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in eight colors).

    18. Stick some bird or gold heart decals to add some temporary flair until you get sick of it.


    Get them from Amazon: the birds for $7.97 or the the hearts for $14.95.

    19. Install some snap flooring that goes right over your old flooring, no gut renovation needed.

    Home Depot

    This makes it easy to add tile flooring by yourself. Just check with your landlord before doing this!

    Promising review: "We couldn't be happier about how our bathroom turned out using the StapStone tile. Since we didn't have to buy adhesive, we saved money on the overall project. The product was very easy to use! The built-in spacers made the design layout easy!" —DIYDana

    Get it from Home Depot for $5.83 per square foot (available in 17 colors).

    20. Add hairpin legs to your coffee table, end table, console, couch, or any other piece of furniture that could stand to be a little more chic.,

    Promising review: "Very happy with the quality of these. Was worried they were going to be bad quality or thin, but they were perfect. Holds up a nice heavy slab of black walnut very well." —Toker

    Get a set of four hairpin legs for coffee tables from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two sizes).

    21. Skip the spray paint and opt for a peel-and-stick chalkboard wall your kids will adore.


    Get a roll from Amazon for $7.58.

    22. Conjure up an instant laundry room by hanging a three-tier drying rack over the door when you need extra counter space.


    Promising review: "I unintentionally buy lots of 'dry flat' blouses and sweaters and have learned from experience that it really does make a difference. So, now that I’m older and maybe a little wiser, I dry flat when instructed. This contraption has been a life saver. I mean, there’s only so many surfaces you can lay your clothes on for an extended period of time to try." —Miki H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. Replace drab white light switch covers with classy brass ones. Your guests will feel like they're visiting a millionaire or something.


    Get the switch plate for $7.08 or the paddle plate for $7.20 from Amazon.

    24. Cover your scuffed up walls with a vibrant new wallpaper you can easily remove when the time comes.

    Target, Urban Outfitters

    Get the stripes from Target for $29.99 or the peaches from Urban Outfitters for $49.

    Learn some valuable tips on how to put up your own wallpaper.

    25. Find a new sleek faucet, because that dripping noise from the old one is going to drive you up the wall.


    Just switch back to the old faucet when you move out! Or leave it, if the landlord likes it.

    Promising review: "You need to purchase one!!! I had a much more expensive Delta that kept leaking, even after replacing the rings and ball valve. I decided to give this a try, and for the price wasn't expecting too much, but I was very surprised by the quality, fit, and finish." —ernie

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    Live footage of you and your roommate enjoying your new apartment look:


    Like, OK, it's still too small for dancing, but at least it looks good.

    Also check out these handy home hacks and cheap ways to give your home a makeover.

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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