When it comes to architectural style, rental apartments can be bland and lifeless, with little room for creative design expression. So what’s the renter with a dream of having a beautiful outdoor space to do? Here’s an inspiring story of how two renters turned a bland outdoor patio into a gorgeous tropical-style outdoor retreat using pallets. Because they were renting, the creative husband and wife team at A Piece of Rainbow couldn’t do any drilling into or attaching to existing walls. They also couldn’t paint existing surfaces, including the floor, walls or ceiling. But they wanted to achieve a built-in look while keeping everything easy to take apart when it’s time to move.

Almost the entire project was done with thrown away pallets – the living wall, the furniture and stenciled pallet wood floors – just to prove that not only can one have a magazine worthy “remodel” as renters and it can be done with minimal cost as well. Check out the pictures of the final project and then head over to A Piece of Rainbow for tutorials on how to make everything – from the pallet furniture to the tropical living wall.

+ A Piece of Rainbow

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