Small Kitchen Ideas: Tension Rod Above the Sinks and Open Shelving

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The kitchen in my rental apartment was all white and not all that interesting when I moved in. So one of the first thing I did was to remove the sliding doors above the sink to create some open shelving. It's a great spot to add some color with dishes. To keep my precious counter space free, I installed a tension rod above the sink for my dish towel and to keep my sponges - and by using red accessories, it also became another place to add some color.

I know that electrical outlet isn't to code, but I have no choice to use it - it's the only one in the entire kitchen and the landlord just won't do anything about changing it.

I also added a deep blue accent wall to really bring in some color - I actually covered the wall with temporary wallpaper before painting so I wouldn't have to repaint the wall when I move out. But another option would have been to use this navy colored temporary removable wallpaper - it's not exactly the color I wanted but it's very close.

You can watch the whole kitchen transformation in the video below.

Suggested materials:
  • Bins   (online)
  • Temporary wallpaper   (online)
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  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 14, 2016
    can the hinges be painted?

  • SheilaFlorida SheilaFlorida on Jul 22, 2017
    I don't know how much the removable wallpaper cost - but wouldn't it be just as easy and cheap to repaint white when you leave? I love the fabric and glass backsplash and I'm going to do the tension rod above my sink.

  • Jeanette Nicole Jeanette Nicole on May 27, 2019

    Where did you get the little hanging buckets?

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  • Bmi32050820 Bmi32050820 on Jul 17, 2019

    That outlet is a real hazard. Find the code that it breaks and show your landlord. He is responsible for moving it. Bm

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    • Wr Wr on Aug 21, 2021

      I came to the comments specifically due to the non gfci outlet above the sink. Glad it was addressed at a much earlier time.

  • Judy63 Judy63 on Jan 31, 2022

    Looks amazing I will try some of these in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing