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Living in a rental? 5 DIY ways to upgrade the bathroom

by Julie Pennell /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Just because you’re renting your home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun decorating it and making it your own. For our series “Improving Your Rental,” TODAY.com is looking at landlord-approved ways to make your space more personalized with easy DIY tricks.

The last thing you want is a rental bathroom that makes you use the word “gross” when describing it, so we scoured our favorite home blogs to find the best projects to freshen up the space and hide the things that make you want to shudder.

Update the flooring

Nine Red

Hate the ugly tiles on your bathroom floor? One blogger found an easy fix for that. He used a peel-and-stick wood-inspired flooring that was simple to install and gives the room a completely different feeling when completed. See the tutorial here.

Cover the outdated counters

Sequins & Scissors

If your landlord didn’t splurge on new granite countertops for your bathroom, it doesn’t mean you can’t still get the look. The blogger behind "Sequins and Scissors" transformed her vanity with a heavy vinyl covering called Instant Granite, which is a temporary solution for hiding unsightly counters. See the tutorial here.

Install a new showerhead

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Create a spa-like experience in your rental by simply switching out the old, gunky showerhead with a new one. It’s quick, easy, and sure to make your bathroom experience so much more enjoyable. See the tutorial here.

Frame the mirror

L’amour Chez Nous

Dress up your bathroom’s standard mirror with a DIY frame to make it look more elegant. This blogger came up with a way to do it so that it’s permanent-looking but secretly easily removable. See the tutorial here.

Hide unsightly pipes

The Painted Chandelier

Want to cover up whatever grossness is under your exposed sink? Instead of building a cabinet and giving your landlord a fit, this blogger suggests making a pretty pedestal sink skirt. Not only does it hide areas you don’t want people to see, but it also provides a place for extra storage. See the tutorial here.

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