As we are thick in the throes of renovating the house we just bought (see here here and here to catch up!) I’ve already been reminiscing about our current little rental. Some people have been shocked to find out all the changes we’ve made to it, and for good reason! Who does this to their rental?! We do! While our time is being spent over at the new house, I wanted to share all the things we’ve done. Maybe you might find some inspiration to get going on some changes yourself!
All the changes we’ve made to our rental
Admittedly, it’s not the tiniest of apartments. In fact, when we first moved in we thought it was ginormous, by Denmark standards. We moved here from Copenhagen 7 years ago and did leaps around with “all the space” we had. We started out renting 2 bedrooms and they had another bedroom in the basement, which they rented out to me after about a year for my home studio. It was the biggest room in the house so it was such a step up for me and Lars at the time.
In 2015 I got a studio space in the neighboring town (I should show you all the changes we did to that space, because that’s also a good one!) and then we had a baby in 2018 and things have become CRAMPED! And since COVID we’ve REALLY been feeling cramped in. It’s probably what motivated us to start looking in the first place. Anyone else experience this?
WHY change your rental?
A lot of people have asked us why we’ve done so much to our rental and sometimes I’ve wondered the same thing, but ultimately, it comes down to this: your environment affects your well-being and I was feeling the need to catch up our space to how I wanted to feel. We knew we wouldn’t move until we bought a house so we wanted to make it a home in the mean time. PLUS, our landlords, who own the house and live upstairs, have become our second parents so we haven’t considered anything a loss. We love the idea that we can improve the space for them.
- Here’s the timeline of the kitchen. We started out with the top left photo: oak cabinets, laminate flooring, laminate counters, stainless steel sink and faucet, fluorescent lighting. Everything was functional and nice but not our vibe.
- Next, our landlords surprised us by painting our cabinets white. Score!
- Then, we did a partnership with Pergo flooring and they replaced all of our flooring, besides the bedrooms, with their wood laminate flooring. We’ve loved them! It really improved the space.
- Next, we did a partnership with BEHR paint and we did the two toned painted cabinet trend–white on top and blue on bottom. We also changed out the hardware and our landlords replaced the appliances.
Finally, we worked with Caesarstone to replace the laminate countertops with the quartz and we LOVE it so much!
Our living room is basically our living and family room combined. It’s definitely where we spend the most time and it’s gone through a transformation for sure!
- Once again, we started with beige carpet.We initially replaced the lighting fixture with this gold one from Schoolhouse and that made an impact. We also replaced the vertical blinds with curtains.
- Next, we got a new green sofa and that changed the whole tone of the room. You can also see when we switched to the laminate flooring.
- Two years ago we updated the living room with this wildflower wallpaper and got a new sofa to go with it. This is the state we’re currently in
- You can see the furniture combos I was looking at for the living room here.
- Here’s our first iteration of the gallery to showcase our Frame TV, which we LOVE!!!!
We used Jasper’s room as our office before he was born and didn’t touch it, clearly! So, we had a bit of work to do.
You can see the transformation of his mural in this post when we worked with Behr paint.
And then the full nursery reveal here. We changed out the blinds (worked with Blinds.com), added furniture (care of Crate and Kids).
The only changes that have come to his nursery is the AMOUNT OF STUFF that we’ve somehow accumulated. We are bursting at the scenes here.
The master bedroom was PITIFUL. I’m so sad looking at it.
And I’m still in love with the results. We did our partnership with Spoonflower and I used them from head to toe, well, from the wallpapers to the bedding to the matching curtains. I love this room! I think this is the one I’m most sad about leaving. I just love the vibe. You can see the full transformation here.
The last room that we did before we bought our house is our guest room with Crate and Barrel earlier this year before COVID.
The guest bedroom we added in an alpiney feeling and lots of accents of color and art. You can read about it here.
Ok, that’s it! Looking back, that’s 5 rooms we switched up, some larger than others. Some were just decorative like wallpaper and curtains, while others, like the kitchen, were more involved and more expensive like switching out appliances, countertops, sinks, etc. Would I do it again? For sure! Yes, they were mostly all for sponsorships so they were considered work and we were paid to do them, but even then, I definitely would suggest customizing your space in some way or manner even if you don’t plan on being there for very long. A happy space creates a happy space in your mind too and that’s soooo important!
I’d love to hear if you’ve done changes to your rental and what they are! Tell me more!