One day hopefully in the near future I will be a proud homeowner. With an extended backyard, tall ceilings with exposed beams, countless windows, old charm, a dream homem naturally it will be everything I’ve wished for. A girl can dream! But until then, we’ve all likely found ourselves living in a wide variety of apartments, tiny homes, sublets that are usually less-than-ideal. Being a tenant can be tricky, because while paying your rent on time is important, so is making sure your place is personalized and stylish. Depending on your landlords rules, there are cheap and simple options that can help make your new space feel like your own.
Even though I recently moved into a new place I wanted to share some tips on how I spruced up my bungalow’s kitchen. Check out these before and after pictures.
The kitchen was not terrible. The space was a little awkward, but it defiantly lacked color other than blush pink. Depending on your landlords terms and your budget, here are some ideas to consider for your space.
Walls: If you are willing to repaint or sacrifice part of your deposit, paint will be the most affordable way to brighten up your walls. Especially if the walls have texture, since wallpaper takes a longer process. I used two different shades of paint to cover up the pink walls. Using some painters tape, I created clean lines on the wall over my sink by first painting the base white then layering two coats of grey. On the opposite end of the kitchen I decided to paint only half the wall grey at an angle, using the same tools.
Hardware: Replace all of the outdated doorknobs. Most doorknobs can easy be unscrewed and replace in a matter of minutes, plus you can always switch them back at the end of your contract.
Lighting: Using the existing light hardware, replace the shade by simply unscrewing the typically glass top. Again you can switch this back later.
Storage: Lack of storage can be a problem in any kitchen. Luckily your walls/counters can easy support your kitchen supplies with some nifty help from Ikea.
Decor: Use what you’ve got, DIY or go shopping to redecorate your improved kitchen! I have a ton of plants, that are easy to maintain, affordable and look great in any space.
I wish I could have ripped out cabinets, the sink, changed the floors…etc! However with the changes I made I was able to personalize my space, get back my deposit back and live happily in my bungalow.
Paint: White, Bit of Sugar from Bher Paint /Grey: Pencil Sketch from Bher Paint @ The Home Depot
Hardware: Liberty 3/4 Milk Bottle Knob @ Knobs
Lighting: NYMO @ Nymo Lamp Shade
Storage: Grundtal, Magnetic Knife @ Magnetic Knife Rack
Photo Crede to Ryan Walters on my before pictures! @ Something Standard