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What do you do in your rented spaces?

Now I may have mentioned once or twice that I am in military housing – we could move at any moment, but realistically, in the UK in my husband’s role, the chance is once every couple of years – this is due to how drafting works here. I love the location of our house, I hate the house itself – actually, that’s not fair. If I could do what I wanted, I would love this house.

I have three main issues with military housing in the UK.

The first is that everything is bodged, for example, when we move in everything is magnolia *shudder* and white gloss. So it looks for a few days at least, clean. But it’s so bodged the gloss starts pealing quite quickly as it wasn’t prepped properly to start with and there’s about 30 layers of paint on the skirtings. So I have peeling, lumpy skirtings. Horrible.

My second issue is how tired everything is. My kitchen must be 30 years old. It is just horrid. It doesn’t matter how many times I clean, it always looks vile. I feel like my kitchen is a lost cause. It’s not a cool vintage kitchen, it’s a manky kitchen. I can’t replace the doors or worktops – I am not allowed – and they won’t change them for me. I have mismatched doors and door handles, dodgy looking air vents in the walls that are now redundant, and the list goes on…

The third issue, and the purpose of this post, is that we are so limited in what we’re allowed to do. Everything has to be as it was when we found it – it’s not too bad, you can repaint and fill holes, but you’re not allowed to replace things like carpets, remove nasty fireplace surrounds, get rid of ancient and pointless built-in storage etc. And whatever you do has to be put back, so you have to really think about the long term effects / damage certain things can do. If it’s not how you got it, you get fined.

So my question to you is this…

What do you do to make your rentals feel more like home but without pissing off your landlord?

I want to be inspired. I’m going to write a post about what we do, but there’s certain corners of my home (and that bloody kitchen) that are just awful.

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