I've been there. Living in rentals can be ugly. But don't despair. There are things you can do to brighten up even the most hideous of holes.
Here's the second installment in my wee series about how to fix up your rental in a single weekend on a VERY limited budget.
For the love of all things relatively un-hideous, take down those boob-lights and other monstrosities. Take down at least ONE of them. They are ugly. They look cheap. There is no excuse for them. No excuse at all.
Now, I know what you're going to say. Light fixtures are expensive. And yes, they can be. But they're not THAT expensive. The Hampton Bay pendant fixture (shown below, left) is only $29.99 CAD at Home Depot. And if that's still too pricey for you, there are other options. For example, Ikea's Melodie Pendant (shown, middle) is only $9.99. And you might even be able to dress it up with a vinyl decal or something. (In fact, I might try that.) The third fixture you might already have. It's a classic white globe you can get them for about $10. If you already one in your rental - lucky you! But please... take down the shade and WASH it. It's probably caked with dust, dead bugs and kitchen grime. The change will be impressive.
Dollarama. Dollarama in Canada now sells simple white pendant fixtures with exposed bulbs for about $2. They also have associated shades for $2. I do not recommend you buy the shades. The pendant itself isn't bad, though. And if you're near a Chinatown, you can get your hands on a variety of rice paper shades "for a song." (As the magazine people like to say. I hate that phrase. Ick.) ANYWAY. Rice paper shades come in lots of colours, several shapes and even patterns. And can be customized by you if you're handy with the scissors and a paintbrush.