Customizing Our Rental Kitchen

After owning our own homes for over 17 years – it was hard to walk into a rental home that was nice but not our own taste. Renting has some limitations that ownership doesn’t – but some freedom, too. Here is how I made the kitchen more my style without making permanent changes…

I shared Our Kitchen last January. Here are some pictures from that time.
It is big and roomy but dark. I wasn’t fond of the bisque appliances with cherry stained cabinetry.
By removing a cabinet for open shelves, painting the walls and building in the refrigerator I got more of the light and white that I wanted.
Bringing in our own appliances helped modernize the look.
Notice that above the fridge and above the microwave – I made a box with pine wood to go above the cabinets so they look staggered. The white gives my kitchen a two tone look. I didn’t paint any of these cabinets – I used:
Contact paper that I ordered on Amazon.
To be honest, I wanted to cover all the top cabinets in white contact paper but it was very hard to get the adhesive smooth on raised panel cabinet doors. Too much detail on the corners.
All I did here was take off the cabinet doors and covered the cherry cabinet frame above the microwave with white contact paper. The very top is a box made out of 1×12 pine that I painted white. It is only nailed in two places to secure it to the wall so it will be easy to get this kitchen back to “original” when we move on. Instead of showing more open shelves I hung this Shabby Black Art that I made from an old window. To see more details on how I covered the fridge – see the links at the bottom of this post.
I found the stove on Craig’s list for $200, the microwave was on clearance for $150 at Lowe’s. The fridge and dishwasher were ours already. Notice the goofy tile behind the bisque color stove (it was a diy project that didn’t turn out so great – not my own, either) The “decorative accent tile” is not my style so I purchased a faux tin tile for $20 at Lowe’s and it is applied with sticky velcro.
I could have used two but a $20 investment covered the other stuff instead of having to spend double to go the whole width of the stove. It works.
So even though I spent a little bit of my own money here – I can take what I purchased with me or sell it when we leave. I am so happy with the changes and staying here doesn’t sound so bad now that I have fixed the major things that bugged me.
 Here are the other projects I did that helped make this home feel a little nicer to us and make it more our own style. Click on the links below to see more “rental” fixes…
Lighter, brighter and more of my own style.