3 Ways To Transform Your Rental Kitchen Under $200

If you have been following me on social media you have seen all about our move from the Bronx, NY to Gainesville, FL this month. Since we don't know the area we found an adorable older neighborhood with a 2300 Sq. Ft. house that we really loved online. My husband and I only had 24 hrs to look around town for a house (one of the main reasons we are renting right now).  A 10 minute commute to the University of Florida where my husband is the Senior Executive Chef (yay to no more 1.5 hr commutes into the city!). 

This house is more than double the size of our Bronx brownstone so I finally have a pace for everything- we had to keep so much in storage while we lived there. But there are a few downfalls to all the space- I mentioned some silly quarks in the house in my last post but the worst part is by far the hideous kitchen.  It was done very inexpensively and I'm guessing it was put in 15-20 years ago.  So when we found the place I knew this was going to be one of my first projects. 

I have only done THREE things and drastically changed the look and feel of the space. My style is cosmopolitan Farmhouse- meaning I love a mix of contemporary and modern farmhouse design with clean lines and neutral colors. I incorporate coastal and rustic elements to create a refined farmhouse look!


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Before and after Kitchen DIY updates Painting kitchen HGTV Sherwin Williams Nebulous white peel and stick wallpaper
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1. First thing was painting. There were 3 paint colors in this tiny room. (Every room in this house has some kind of strange accent wall). The jail cell gray paint on the range wall with a maroon colored bulkhead, and salmon for the rest.  I guess I can see some logic behind it- the backsplash (eeeekkk!) has gray and a little pink in it, but NO- just NO! So I painted everything Sherwin Williams Nebulous White and couldn't be happier with how much it lightened up the room.  

Click here to order a sample of Nebulous White HGTV Sherwin Williams- from Lowes

 Nebulous White- HGTV Sherwin Williams from Lowes

Nebulous White- HGTV Sherwin Williams from Lowes

2. The second thing was adding contact paper to the base cabinets. Since the cabinets are not wood but instead a cheap vinyl material.  I found a nice eco-friendly, washable and removable option on amazon and tried a roll first to see if I like it. I got a nice neutral gray to contrast the light paint color and the upper cabinetry.  It actually works well with the detail in the backsplash tile too, which I had never planned on. I ended up loving how it applies to the cabinets and the color so I ordered more and did all my base cabinets! At $22.95 a roll it was sooo inexpensive to do but changed the entire look of the space! 

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 I chose color Color: SG65 : 2.00 feet X 6.56 feet from Amazon

I chose color Color: SG65 : 2.00 feet X 6.56 feet from Amazon

3. The Third thing I did was changed out the stainless steel outlet covers to a white (which blends perfectly with the paint color). The actual outlet is still gray but that is ok because it matches the base cabinets! If I apply backsplash in the future they will blend seamlessly. 

Check out the outlet covers here

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Paint Progress Photos

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Painting kitchen HGTV Sherwin Williams Nebulous white peel and stick wallpaper
Painting kitchen HGTV Sherwin Williams Nebulous white
Nebulous White by sherwin williams HGTV
Paint before and after HGTV sherwin williams nebulous white

How to Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper to Drawers


Tools for applying peel and stick wallpaper to cabinets

Materials for Peel and Stick Wallpaper


// Peel and Stick Wallpaper //

// Blade //

// Measuring Tape //

// Straight Edge //

// Scissors //

// Pen //

 Pull out the drawer you want to cover.

Pull out the drawer you want to cover.

 Remove backing only at the top and apply flush to the top of the drawer. Press down on the top of the cabinet only leaving about 1" to fold over on the top and either side of the drawer so you can wrap around.

Remove backing only at the top and apply flush to the top of the drawer. Press down on the top of the cabinet only leaving about 1" to fold over on the top and either side of the drawer so you can wrap around.

 Using your putty knife, smooth the surface from the top down to push down all bubbles.

Using your putty knife, smooth the surface from the top down to push down all bubbles.

 Pull off the backing once you get the top half smooth and adhered to the cabinet front.

Pull off the backing once you get the top half smooth and adhered to the cabinet front.

 Using your putty knife, smooth out and adhere the bottom portion of the peel and stick wallpaper to the cabinet.

Using your putty knife, smooth out and adhere the bottom portion of the peel and stick wallpaper to the cabinet.

 Cut a small slit level with the corner of the cabinet at the same angle. You will be creating a dog ear to tuck it around the corner.

Cut a small slit level with the corner of the cabinet at the same angle. You will be creating a dog ear to tuck it around the corner.

 Fold the sides over and cover the sides of the drawer front. Then cut the excess off with your exacto knife

Fold the sides over and cover the sides of the drawer front. Then cut the excess off with your exacto knife

 Wrap around the corners like a present.

Wrap around the corners like a present.

Before and After Kitchen Cabinets

Before and after peel and stick wallpaper on kitchen cabinets

Add Peel and stick wallpaper on Cabinets- before and after of kitchen updates on a budget. $200 kitchen updates with paint and contact paper. Gray farmhouse decor. Coastal farmhouse. DIY Decorating. Online interior design. Design blog. kitchen decor, farmhouse kitchen, kitchen cabinets, farmhouse wallpaper. renReDecorate, After Modern Farmhouse Kitchen cabinets.rental home. real estate. update old kitchen, design advice, design help, decor
 Peel and stick wallpaper on Cabinets- After Modern Farmhouse Kithcen cabinets

Peel and stick wallpaper on Cabinets- After Modern Farmhouse Kithcen cabinets

Add Peel and stick wallpaper on Cabinets- before and after of kitchen updates on a budget. $200 kitchen updates with paint and contact paper. Gray farmhouse decor. Coastal farmhouse. DIY Decorating. Online interior design. Design blog. kitchen decor, farmhouse kitchen, kitchen cabinets, farmhouse wallpaper. renReDecorate, After Modern Farmhouse Kitchen cabinets.rental home. real estate. update old kitchen, design advice, design help, decor
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