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Stuck with Really Old Rental Kitchen Cabinets? There's One Silver Lining. - Paint Project

Stuck with Really Old Rental Kitchen Cabinets? There's One Silver Lining. - Paint Project
From The Kitchn - September 29, 2017

If you are a renter, it's pretty likely that you have had to sacrifice at least one or two "wish list" items when you moved into your place. Maybe it's a few extra blocks from your favorite supermarket, lacks a pantry, or has a really ugly vintage kitchen.

While landlords can be toughthe majority of them are pretty reluctant to allow renters to make any major home improvementsyou may be in luck if your cabinets have seen better days.

We interviewed a few-dozen landlords for this story, asking if they'd allow tenants to paint their kitchen cabinets. For the most part, it was a hard nounless the cabinets weredecently old and could use the refresh. Then, many of them were all about it.

3 Tips for Convincing Your Landlord to Let You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

1. Ask.

Before you take it upon yourself to do it, ask your landlord if he's willing to let you paint your cabinets. Because it's a smaller cosmetic change (i.e., not ripping out the cabinets or demo-ing tile), you standat least halfa chance at getting a "yes" out of the gate.

2. Come to the conversation prepared.

Go into the convo armed with specific information about your vision, like the paint color you are hoping to select (neutrals like white, gray, or light blue are considered fairly renter-friendly) and any photos of past makeovers you have done to give your landlord an idea of the quality of your work.

3. Offer to hire a pro.

If the Answer Is Still No ...

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