4 of the best damage-free ways to upgrade your kitchen with hacks from TikTokers and apartment renters
- Insider compiled the best renter-friendly hacks from TikTok and designers to revamp your kitchen.
- Many of the DIY projects are inexpensive, such as making a backsplash using dollar-store products.
- One apartment renter showed how to make a magnetic spice rack to save space in small kitchens.
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Hinds said in her video that she spent about $24 on the whole project — $7 on the adhesive tiles that she bought at a Dollar Tree store, $8 on a sample size of paint, $2 on a paintbrush, and $7 on the finishing sealer spray.
She painted and coated the tiles with the finishing-sealer spray before sticking them to the wall.
If you want to give the design idea a try for yourself, Hinds recommends thoroughly cleaning the wall before sticking the tiles on it to keep them from peeling off later.
She also warns not to use the backsplash near heat or it could melt the tiles.Create a magnetic spice rack to maximize space, like apartment renter Anju Abraham did.
In the kitchen, Abraham made a magnetic spice rack to spruce up her fridge while saving shelving space. It was a trial-and-error process, Abraham told Insider.
"At first, I bought 6-ounce spice jars but then I realized the glass was far too heavy for the magnet. I also initially bought a magnet that was too weak," Abraham said.
Abraham said she placed magnets on the underside of each jar lid and popped them onto the fridge without needing anything adhesive.
To label the jars, she said she used a paint pen.Interior designer Chelsey Brown recommends using contact paper to completely transform your countertops.
Brown is an interior decorator who lives in a 520-square-foot studio apartment in New York City . The author of " Rental Style " and founder of the blog City Chic Decor uses renter-friendly hacks to make her space feel larger, she previously told Insider .
In the kitchen, Brown used a blush-colored, marble-printed contact paper to give her kitchen countertop and backsplash a new look.
"It can completely transform the look of your rental kitchen," Brown wrote in a blog post about how to apply and remove the contact paper.
To apply it to your counters, she wrote on her blog that you need to measure the width of your counter, then cut the paper. She recommends cutting three extra inches of paper for your countertop just in case.
To stick the paper onto the counter, Brown says to unroll it slowly and stick it a little at a time, using a smoothing tool over the top.Carly Fuller, a New York City apartment renter, showed how swapping the hardware for something more your style can make a huge difference.
On the cabinets, Fuller swapped out all the apartment's original hardware with gold knobs to match her own aesthetic.
Switching out hardware is a quick and easy way to upgrade your cabinets because you can just switch them back before you move out of the unit.Read the original article on Insider