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After a $300 Makeover, This Rental Kitchen Is No Longer Recognizable - Apartment Therapy

After a $300 Makeover, This Rental Kitchen Is No Longer Recognizable - Apartment Therapy
From The Kitchn - December 4, 2017

This is what Tara's kitchen looked like when she moved in this past year. Not too pretty, eh? With her landlord's approval, we did a light reno that did not cost a lot, but made a major difference in both appearance and function. Spending money on a rental is not for everyonebut for those of you who love to cook, have a horrible kitchen, and plan to stay put for awhile, then a little investment may well be worth the time and expense.

Here's what we did:

#1: Painted Cabinets Black: Painting the cabinets made the largest impact, for the least amount of money. The dark paint covered up all the weird "wood" laminate and is pretty timeless and sophisticated. And, unlike before, the now "vintage" brass cabinet pulls actually look nice against the black.

#2: Lowered Cabinet Trim: Wood strips were added to the bottom of each upper cabinet, which made the kitchen look a little more custom and covered up the naughty cords from the undermount lights. Although you can buy something called light rail at the hardware store, for just this purpose, we used some basic pine wood cut to size and painted to match the new cabinet color. They were installed with just a little caulk.

#3: Installed A Checkerboard Floor: VCT tiles were stuck right on top of the existing linoleum floor, so there was no need to rip out the old material. The black and white pattern is classic, and the durable vinyl tiles wo not need to be updated anytime soon, making them a good option for a rental.

#4: Hung Removable Wallpaper Backsplash: The one pseudo-expensive indulgence was the botanical print wallpaper, which just adds so much interest and texture that it was completely worth the cost. It's removable, so if Tara, or the next tenant, wants to take it down at any point, no problem. Plus, this re-positionable wallpaper is easy to wipe down and works well as a backsplash.

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