Renovation Ideas That Look Amazing But Are Totally Removable — For Renters or Commitment-Phobes

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Peel-and-stick everything is having a moment — and rightfully so. Whether you live in a rental space or are just scared of damaging your floors + walls, these temporary, rental-friendly home decorating ideas from genius self-taught DIYers and bloggers Alexandra Gater and Fariha Nasir are your ticket to a trendy (and practical!) living space — without the commitment.

1. Create a removable board and batten wall.

Get Fariha's DIY board and batten wall how-to (with products you'll need!) here.

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2. Use a peel-and-stick dry-erase wall calendar for your home office or meal planning.

Organization goals, but make it cute + fun. Here's what you'll need to create your own peel-and-stick dry-erase wall calendar like Alexandra's — perfect for a rental space.

3. DIY removable light fixtures. 

Learn how to hack a sconce light fixture with a battery-powered LED light + easily removable velcro from Fariha here.

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4. Use electrical tape to create super cool, customized wall décor.

Fariha used electrical tape to make this adorable design in her son's bedroom. Get more electrical tape décor inspiration here.

electrical tape decor
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5. Refresh your laundry room (or bathroom... or kitchen) with removable upgrades.

Use removable upgrades — like peel-and-stick backsplash tile + stenciled flooring — to renovate + refresh your laundry room without the commitment. Get all of Fariha's laundry room DIY ideas here.

fariha nasir laundry room
Courtesy of Fariha Nasir

Get more peel-and-stick backsplash tile ideas here — which would work in a laundry room, kitchen or bathroom.

6. Use peel-and-stick wallpaper to dress up temporary living spaces.

Shop Fariha's peel-and-stick wallpaper + 30-plus more options we're loving right now here.

7. Decorate your stairs with peel-and-stick decals.

How amazing are Alexandra's stairs?! She got her decals from Quadrostyle. To install, she used a cloth to smooth the decal out on the stairs and a utility knife to cut the excess material off.  

Shop more gorgeous peel-and-stick stair stickers here.

8. Transform your kitchen or bathroom with peel-and-stick floor tiles.

These floor tiles in Alexandra's bathroom? You guessed it — stickers. Alexandra got these from Quadrostyle, too. 

9. Customize your refrigerator with peel-and-stick wallpaper.

That's right, you don't have to use peel-and-stick wallpaper on a ... wall. Before you apply wallpaper to your fridge door, Alexandra says, remove the hardware, so you're working with a clean canvas. 

Pro tip: Alexandra likes busy patterns because they're easier to install. You can get her refrigerator wallpaper here. (And this peelable terrazzo wallpaper is very similar, too!)

"You don't have to line anything up," she says. "And if you have to use two panels, the seam is really easy to hide if there's a pattern to distract from it."

10. Get the look of wallpaper without the commitment by creating your own wallpaper look with paint.

Alexandra created this super unique look on her walls with a level, pencil, foam brush + black paint.

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11. Give your couch a makeover with custom slipcover + legs.

Alexandra loves her neutral Ikea couch, but she's always dreamt of having a mauve and/or pink velvet couch — but they can be pretty expensive, she says. So, she used Bemz — a company that makes custom couch covers for almost any Ikea sofa — to make her dream come true.

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She also uses a company called Prettypegs to change up the legs (or "shoes," as Prettypegs calls them) on her couch.

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