Post # 1
Darling Husband and I have lived in our current house for almost 2 years. We rent. We had been planning on moving in September when our lease expires, right after coming back from a 10 day trip to Italy. This weekend we decided that instead of moving, we would use some of the money we would have spent on moving (first month’s rent, deposits, moving company, etc) and put it towards fixing up our current place. We can save money that way, and make some changes that will last a while.
Some of the things we want to do include upgrading furtniture (i.e. new couch!), while others are more about making our rental house feel a little more homey and less rented.
Does anyone have any ideas for things we can do that don’t cost a ton? Decorating ideas, home improvement ideas, and DIY projects all welcome! We are allowed to paint, and our landlord is pretty flexible about what we can do. Also, just to give you a complete picture, we are TTC and this will likely be our baby’s first home (assuming we don’t run into much trouble conceiving)!
Post # 3
I would look into painting now before you get pregnant the fumes are pretty strong and linger for weeks! It may make you sick and the “morning” sickness can be an all day affair with the paint fumes… Sorry! I can be a bit of a mother hen sometimes, but I had personal experience in this, every time I would go home, I would gag a lot and feel sick all the time, when I was out of the house, I was fine!
One DIY prject I always liked is “floating shelves” and Corner cabinets.
Post # 4
Are you able to post some pictures of what it all looks like now? You’d get better ideas from us all.
Post # 6
I’d suggest painting since it’s fairly inexpensive. I wouldn’t do anything you can’t take with you since it is a rental. Nice furniture or rugs depending on your flooring would be a good start too. Maybe some enlarged photos from your Italy trip.
Post # 7
If you’re getting a new sofa, consider getting a new coffee table (or ottomans, depending on your style), an area rug, and some fabulous pillows.
IMO window treatments are the easiest and most obvious way to change or enhance a room; don’t be afraid to start with that and work your way in.
Other small touches: table cloth or new chairs for dining, new hardware on cabinets, stylish bath accessories that tie the room together (shower curtain, mat, towels, toothbrush holder, tissue cover, wastebasket, storage, etc.).
For all of this, keep in mind the potential use of each item in the room, and how a small child will interact with it. Storage is going to be very important very soon, as is cleanability — try to buy paint that wipes clean, rugs with darker colors and soft fibers, and decorative items that aren’t breakable if they’re within easy reach. Have fun!
Post # 8
You can do amazing things with paint, area rugs, curtains, and throw pillows. The nice part about the rugs, curtains, and pillows is that you can take them with you when you move.
Post # 9
Definitely paint! New curtains and an area rug are the quickest way to change the feeling of a room IMO. If you have a pinterest, I would go back and look at pins that you’ve saved to get some inspiration. If you don’t have a pinterest…get one!
Post # 10
@happyface: try a low VOC paint like benjamin moore. barely smells at all! its expensive ut covers really well.
OP, get some cute pictures, quotes or sayings. You can either print yourself, or get from etsy, and get some nice frames to hang up.
Post # 11
@kerensa: That was a long time ago, (25 years ago), the landlord painted our place and I was pregnant at the time… I couldn’t believe that paint would make me sick like that!
Post # 12
Fabric! As a renter, I too am not fully committed to large investments but just bought about $100 worth of fabric from http://www.fabric.com and plan to recover my toss pillows (cheaper than buying new), turn my coffee table into an upholstered ottoman and generally add some new color to my stuff without a large investment. Darling Husband also has a colelction of old board games whose boxes have seen better days so I am slowly using scrap fabric to cover the tops so they look presentable on our shelves. We are also able to paint and did where necessary but the previous tenant left us with a red accent wall in the living room that gets so many compliments, hae you considered painting one bold wall in a room? I am also collecting frames for a gallery wall in the near future, that seems like the best way to make a big impact on a space and then changing out photos and art is always flexible. Honestly, if you have a couch that is not completely falling a part, I would not invest in a new one if you eventually paln to move. I think things like couches often depend on the shape of the room and if you think oyu will stay for 2-3 years and have that much life left in your couch, add some pillows or a slip cover and save the new purchase for the new place, it will save you on having to move it (delivery) and you can wait and choose somethign to suit your next apt. or house.
Post # 13
We live in a rental which looked sooo studenty so I can totally get where you’re coming from.
Things we did were – we bought matching TV stand, glass cabinet and shelving (this was our splurge with some of the wedding money). These items are classic pieces which will fit into any future homes.
The sofa that came in the house is of great quality, so I just bought new coushin covers and curtains that matched.
Also pictures and paintings really make a house a home as well.
But now I’m pregnant, we’re having to move to a larger house! Typical, just after we got the house looking like a home!! lol! But everything we have is transferable (I tried to choose things that would be able to fit in wherever we move).