When I moved into my rented house I had high hopes to change everything. I’m one of those whose heart and ideas run ahead of my head, which usually means I learn things the hard way. Luckily I didn’t have the money to do much, so although I may have planned to do things, I couldn’t (phew). You may be old and wise, I on the other hand am young and stupid.. not to put you off reading.. So I am a twenty something year old girl trying to give basic tips to help moving in easier for you.
Tip 1: Some walls are ugly. Really ugly, who decided yellow or cream is good? Who, please? Ask your landlord if you can paint your walls white. If they say no.. too bad.. but usually they don’t mind, as you are doing them a favour! White is a blank canvas. And clean. Always want to appear clean. And how much is a pot of paint? Not much, it’s worth it.
Tip 2: Don’t spend money on the place because it’s not yours! ..other than that pot of paint I mentioned.. Spend it on your belongings, they are yours. How much do you pay for rent every month? On top of that you are giving your landlord that lovely wallpaper you just put up, and that floor you just laid. When you move it cant come with you. Maybe buy a big frame and put a free sample of some quirky, fun wallpaper in it. And when you leave you can grab it and run away with it, laughing and shouting ‘you can’t have it, it’s mine!’ Yeah? Cool.
Tip 3: I’m assuming you have no money like me, we are all poor nowadays, which means we are all rich. Yay win! Create stuff without even knowing you had that stuff! I found a misused frame, an old PJ top, a barbie hat and a teeny tiny hat I knitted when I was teeny tiny. And I created this thing. This only exists because I was going through boxes out of my Nan’s loft and came across these hats. Have a rummage through old stuff, and something new may come of it. Super cute! And all free-ish.
Tip 4: Most of my furniture is second hand. Actually, all of it may be, or there abouts. Either given from friends and family, or bought in a charity shop. My best friend always comments that my house is so nice as all my furniture matches – only because I’ve decorated it that way. My coffee table was from the YMCA for £10.. Young man, there’s no need to feel down.. It was a bedside table, brown and ugly with graffiti on the top about how much Kez luvz Ryan or something. It also had a drawer in, but I measured it before buying it and realised without the drawer in it would fit my big books that wouldn’t fit in my book shelve.
I sanded it down forever, but Kez’ luv for Ryan would not come off. It was really scratched in, she really luved him. Anyway, I painted it with primer, then white paint. (I did the same to the drawer and painted it light brown, and it is now being used like a basket for my Xbox stuff) And Kez’ luv was still visible! True luv. I was going to cover the top with something anyway, I knew this when I bought it. So then on impulse one day this happened, my coffee rings. Then I varnished it and Kez’ luv was never seen again. The end.
Tip 5: Pictures, photos and anything on the wall! Again, it depends if your landlord allows you to hammer a few nails in your walls. When I moved in there were a few nails up already, so I put a few more up. If not you could always use stick on hooks, which I have done also. They aren’t usually strong enough for frames, but you can hang light things like dream catchers on them. Or a fabric banner of your Hogwarts house, as we all know that is a true determination of someone’s personality. More so than star signs.
My best friend has a vinyl wall quote on her wall, which looks really good too. And I believe it isn’t too difficult to remove if your landlord gets angry when you move.
Tip 6: Old toys are now cool! In the last photo you can see a yellow submarine. That was my Dad’s when he was a young boy. My Nan gave it to me a few years ago as it had been sitting unloved in a box forever. She is surprised I still have it, and that it’s on display, but it’s so cool! John, Paul, George and Ringo even pop out if you press a button. So have a look at old toys you still have and maybe display them? (I also have a Pokemon tamagotchi on display that is like 15 years old)
Tip 7: Plant pots look super duper! If you remember to water the plants. Hence the only alive plant is a cactus.
Tip 8: Make over old items! Like my coffee table I showed you, I painted this bathroom storage box. It was donated from my Mum and looked rather tatty. And now it looks a lot better if I do say so myself!
These are just a few simple tips from a girl who doesn’t know what she’s doing, to people who don’t know what they’re doing (I assume this of you, as you wouldn’t keep reading if you knew everything) (sorry if I am wrong). This is all for now.
Over and out, Emily x