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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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.
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!
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.
Paint Progress Photos
How to Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper to Drawers
Materials for Peel and Stick Wallpaper
// Peel and Stick Wallpaper //
// Blade //
// Measuring Tape //
// Straight Edge //
// Scissors //
// Pen //
Before and After Kitchen Cabinets
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