Rental Kitchen Makeover

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Renting has its perks.

However, bathrooms and kitchens are rarely ever included in that ‘perks package’ You either get a great kitchen or bathroom – or you dont. It’s just one of those things you learn to accept when you rent- especially if the rest of the house happens to be in good condition. . . and if your landlord isn’t half bad.

Whilst you can’t make any drastic changes to a rented kitchen (as most of it will have been built in before your arrival), you can customise it somewhat. And often you can do so, in a way that doesn’t cost you your security deposit at the end of your tenancy (music to any renters ears right?)

After living with my mediocre kitchen for over 3 years, a few weeks ago I finally decided it was time to put that thought process into practice. I mean, as far as kitchens go, mine wasn’t that bad. It was just so very basic . . and so very not me. And more than anything I craved a kitchen that felt like me.

I started out by removing the kitchen doors. I wanted to create an open plan look.

Next I gave the cabinets a freshen up with paint because they were a little stained. Here is my tutorial on the blog on how to paint laminate

Then I added removable wallpaper to the backing of the cabinets. to find out where I bought this wallpaper from.

Next I added in a rail to hang mugs!

Watch my video to see more of the transformation in real time!

Next I added in a rail to hang mugs .

I also changed the handles on my cabinets. I plant to replace the doors in the future but this was a temporary option for now that made the kitchen look so much better! See where I got my wallpaper from on the blog here

Here is the final space! What do you think? VISIT my blog at link below to get all the source details for everything!

Suggested materials:
  • Handles   (amazon)
  • Glass jars   (amazon)
Medina at Grillo Designs
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  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Nov 16, 2020

    Did your landlord allow you to paint your cabinets + remove the doors? I've been a landlord for 20+ years and have never had a tenant ask me if they could do something like this.

  • Kelli Kelli on Nov 16, 2020

    It looks very cute. I just had a question, over on the left hand wall you did have a little open shelf thing? Did you take it down?

  • Shirley Barnett Shirley Barnett on Nov 18, 2020

    In one picture the cup bar looks stainless and another it looks like brass. Did you change the cup rack or is it the light.

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  • Shirley Barnett Shirley Barnett on Nov 18, 2020

    Love the wallpaper look and the overall change you did. It looks neat and nice. I also have open shelves and I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Em Em on Aug 13, 2021

    I see so many people that do something similar in a pattern that makes your eyes hurt. This is a lovely design that is not too busy and showcases your items instead of competing against them. Lovely.