As any renter will tell you, it’s nearly impossible to find a place that meets the criteria of your “dream apartment” while sticking to your budget.
Unless you’re a Rockefeller, you’ve probably had to make a few compromises and live with a few less-than-stellar features that are impossible to change.
Covering up some not-so-great flooring with rugs? Easy.
Disguising hideous kitchen cupboards? Hard!
Or is it? This too can be an easy and reversible fix, friends!
Cover cupboard doors with contact paper
With contact paper regaining some momentum and becoming a popular material for DIY’ers, there is a slew of inspiration out there from fellow renters who have discovered genius ways to cover up their less-than-attractive cupboards.
The great thing about this new generation of contact papers is that they tend to be super easy to remove, but will stay put until you decide to pull them off. Win-win for the renters of the world, right? I love this marble-looking contact paper, this chalkboard contact paper, and this neutral polka-dot contact paper.
Panyl makes covers for IKEA furniture (also very renter-friend, am I right?) and that includes their cupboards. You can now completely customize your cupboards to be as colourful (colourless) as you want!
Add some open shelving where cupboards are lacking
Remember Joy Cho’s studio up there? That kind of open shelving can be a great option for those of us who lack storage in the kitchen. Find a wall with no upper cabinets and add your own stylish storage!
Remove your cupboard doors for open shelving
Just get rid of the doors! By removing the doors, you create openness in the kitchen, a better flow, a more modern look and a place to show off all of your prettiest dishes! Just remember to keep all of the hardware and the doors themselves!
And while you’re at it, why not use the ever-popular washi tape to your advantage too? It’s easy to apply and remove, and you can switch out colours and designs as often as you wish! This set of washi tape particularly lends itself to shelf-edging!
Hardware is jewelry for your doors!
My last piece of advice to you is to remember that hardware is important! After you’ve taken care of what you want the doors (or lack thereof) to look like, remember that the knobs and pulls make a big impact, too! Here is some inspiration for you, in a wide price range from $5.99-$49!
I hope this provides you some inspiration for your very own rental kitchen! Remember you don’t have to settle for someone else’s taste – you can always bring in a touch of your own personality and change things up!
What’s your kitchen situation like? Share your best rental-improving tips in the comments!