Our Rental Nest

After we sold our second home, we went full speed into hunting for another fixer upper to get our hands on but after a couple of set backs we came up short.  They were blessings in disguise though because soon after, we were given a rental offer we couldn't refuse; one that would allow us to pay off most or all of our student loans and live debt-free.  Whoop, whoop!  So we hopped into our first ever rental house.  Of course, because we don't own this house, it wouldn't be prudent to pour money into lots of renovations (which is so hard, by the way) but there's no stopping upping the aesthetic appeal.  So, with our budgetiest project house to date, we are on our way to pretty.  Come on in for a tour!

Entry


Dining Room


Living Room


Kitchen
The kitchen was the first room to get a makeover - one that rang in at only $160.  You can see the full reveal here.  We knew that it would be take the most energy to transform and if we didn't do it right off the bat, we probably wouldn't do it as our lease term got shorter and shorter.  It's the smallest kitchen we've had to live in to date so finding a place for all of our kitchen stuff was...interesting.  First, we tore down that striped wallpaper and gave the walls and cabinets a fresh coat of paint.  We said goodbye to the old, gunked up cabinet hardware and hello to some new goldies and installed some subway tile...wallpaper, that is.  We also ripped out that wood header over the sink, made a pendant light for over the sink, and added a drum shade to the ceiling fan.


We made and installed some easy, breezy spice shelves to add some flavor to the other side of the room.  #seewhatIdidthere


Our landlord graciously installed a dishwasher for us before we moved in and as great as it is, it kinda stuck out like sore thumb.  So, we "temporarily" painted it to make it blend in more.  The pot rack we installed on the far wall got our pans off the counter top as there was no room for them in the lower cabinets.


Laundry Room


Den
Room numero dos to get a makeover.  The lack of flow between this room and it's next door neighbor, the kitchen, was killing me so I had to do something and do it quick.  Here's what this side of the room looks like after we did some tweaking:

Get in on the whole tour plus sources here.  With the actual living room in this house (through that wall on the left) becoming a sort of multi-purpose room for us, this room has taken on the living room title vs. den.  What's the difference you ask?  No clue.  We've never really had a "den" but we've had living rooms and they've all functioned like this one so living room it is.  :)

Before:

After:
I had lots of fun injecting lots of DIY projects into that little corner over by the back door - yarn art, a framed Christ picture, and a floating vase.  I also added some words to an old casino painting, updated the fan with some new-to-us shades, and we hacked an Ikea shoe cabinet to add some much-needed function.


Hallway


Bathroom #1


Bedroom #1


Bedroom #2


Master Bedroom


Master Bathroom




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