You’re here because you’re kitchen lacks personality. You’re here because you’re a renter like me and looking to spice up your kitchen’s entire life! I totally get you. You are in the right place. That is exactly how I felt when I moved into my apartment. Cream colored counter tops, white walls everywhere and white cabinets. It just wasn’t exactly the white kitchen I had in mind but I knew I could bring it to life.
I’m sharing with you 3 EASY things you can do to spruce up your kitchen. Oh, and of course, these are reversible options! Alright let’s dive in:
1. Change the hardware!
I started out with some basic chrome colored hardware. Some of them had whatever gunk on it from the prior renters so this was the first thing to go. Also, I wasn’t a fan of their style. I like the look of rounded edges and wanted to give my kitchen a pop! I came across these Matte Black Pulls and soon as I laid my eyes on them, I knew I had to have them! Now, pro tip – before you start shopping for hardware, measure how far apart the screw holes are on the current pulls. Mine are 5 inches apart. So I specifically had to find pulls that I could literally unscrew the old ones & replace with the new black pulls easily. No wood filler needed. No drilling new holes in the cabinets. Super easy right? They also came in a pack of 25. My kitchen has 22 pulls so I ended up using the remaining 3 in my bathroom. Just make sure to store the old pulls and screws someplace so when you move out, it’s a quick swap.
2. Add peel and stick tiles!
Yep, you read that right. They exist and they are AMAZING! I used these Marble Peel & Stick backsplash tiles. I love that they are removable and don’t rip off my paint. They also have a nice 3D texture to them, so they look pretty realistic. I have an entire post here on how I installed them behind my stove.
I also used peel and stick tiles to give my kitchen island some personality. I opted to stick with the black and white theme and found this Avignon Peel & Stick tile. Again, this small change makes a huge impact in my rental space. No damage to worry about and took me little to no time at all. I love how both of these tiles leveled up my kitchen just enough.
3. Cover your counters with contact paper!
I honestly feel like this is what gave my kitchen the finishing touch it needed. The cream counter tops it came with just were not cutting it against my marble backsplash and black and white tiled island. It had to go! So, I found this Matte Marble Contact Paper and went to town on my counter tops. One thing I will mention is, I made sure to buy the wider contact paper because I wanted as few seams as possible on my counters. I also sealed around my sink with silicone caulking. I LOVE the way this turned out so much! My kitchen feels so much lighter and brighter. It’s cohesive. It really makes such a big impact when you can make your space feel more like a home.
I hope these tips are super helpful for y’all. We all deserve a space where we can call it home. Even if we don’t own it. I want to see your transformations! Be sure to leave me a comment with your website so I can check them out. Until next time!