These few couple of weeks have been a nightmare for me, I’m not gonna lie! Me and my family had to move to a different home and I was swept off my feet (not in a good way) with how hard moving can be when you have a toddler. After sooo much packing and cleaning our rental apartment I was exhausted but still so determined to transform our new apartment from a house to a home. A D.I.Y painted accent wall was number one on my to do list on the first day we moved!
I know I am not the only one out there that lives in a rented place, so you probably all know how complicated dealing with landlords can be: following their many rules and disagreeing on so many levels. This is the third time I moved in the last 2 years so you better believe me when I say I have some great tips on how to make your rental look awesome as well as how to move more efficiently.
Another things that I hate so much about living in a rental is how hard it can be to make it look nice.Even so, I managed to break the rental boredom without breaking the rules and I used a list of quick DIY Projects that turned my rental into a HOME not a house. Make sure you stick till the end to get the list for yourself!
So let’s start with this D.I.Y painted accent wall I keep rambling about. Most of the rented apartments have white walls which I don’t know about you, but they remind me of living inside of a hospital. Yes, white is nice and clean and fresh, but when everything around you is white, you might want to consider the painting idea.
Here is what you will need:
- Your landlord’s permission- Any landlord will usually accept if you explain to them it’s only one wall and that you will paint it back the way it was once you move out. If they are being stubborn, give them your word in writing that you will paint it back or even better, make an inspiration board so they can see how amazing the place will look after you paint!
- Confidence -I know what you might think: “Why would I spend money on getting someone to paint my rental??” but I’m going to tell you straight up that you can do it all yourself! If I did it, you can do it as well! As long as you follow these steps, there’s really no way you can mess it up that bad that you can’t even look at your wall anymore. And this really is number 1 on my list when it comes to making your rental apartment look amazing!
TIP: Choose your color wisely. Personally, I like bold colors, especially if the rest of the walls are all white. In my previous apartment, we had a dark purple wall and with this one I decided on a a dark navy blue which I am completely in love with. I think contrast is the key! For example, the couch that stays next to the wall is light gray. If I would have made a grey wall, nothing would really pop up and it will all end up looking really boring. Don’t get intimidated by painting with a dark color. Sometimes it can be easier than it looks.
- paint – You will have to measure your wall, go to the store and ask the people there how much paint you will need. Or, you could just eyeball it like it did :D.
- painting roller and a small brush – You will use the small brush to paint the corners and the edges so you don’t mess up the rest of the walls or the floor
TIP: Make sure you get the appropriate roller for the kind of wall you have. If you walls are smooth, get a roller that says on it “for smooth surfaces” or if it’s really rough, get the roller for rough finishes. When I did my first coat of paint, I picked the wrong roller and I ended up with a lot of marks and shadows that I had to work hard to cover with my second layer
- paint tray – You will need one to pour your paint into. The thin plastic ones work really good. You don’t need to invest money into something you will only use once!
- masking tape- This is a must have if you are a beginner! What I did to protect all the edges was to carefully and precisely tape all the surrounding walls or edges, as well as the plugs or outlets that were on the wall I was about to paint. This way, you have to worry less about splashing with paint
- cardboard boxes or painting plastic- You will need something to protect that precious floor that your landlord is so worried about. Personally I prefer cardboard because it stays put, unlike plastic. Also, you can get it for free at grocery stores or at liquor stores. All you need to do it tape them to the floor and to the edge of the wall where you will paint. Make sure there are no gaps that will let the paint go trough.
- a table or ladder – if you are short like me, you will most likely not reach until the top to paint!
4. Tape all surrounding walls and cover the floors with tape and cardboard.
5. With your small brush, paint the edges first, as well as around the plugs
6.Use your roller to paint the rest of the wall, going in long motions, rather than short chunky ones.
TIP: Use a stick or a spoon to remove excess paint from the roller before you put in on the wall. This way, you will splash around less and your coat will be more even.
7. Leave your first coat to dry overnight then repeat the steps above for the second coat.
That was it! Painting done in less time that you would ever imagine. This is the first step towards getting your rental to look amazing. For a full list of the tips and tricks that I used to transform my rental apartment into a million dollar-looking home, subscribe to my newsletter and download the free checklist !
Did you ever do something bold like paint a wall yourself? I would love to see some pictures!
Here are some inspirational pictures with similar accent walls that I would love to try someday!