In the physical world, I’m preparing for a fun weekend of wedding bliss – I’m standing up in my future sister-in-law’s wedding! Today’s blog post is a guest post from my friend Cait over at Cait’s Cozy Corner. On her blog, Cait loves to chat to her readers about fashion, food, fitness and her family of four. As someone who has rented apartments her entire adult life, I know how frustrating it feels to want to make changes to your space, but can’t because of restrictions in the lease. Cait has shared a few unique ways to update my favorite place in the apartment: the kitchen. I’d love to know if any of you have tried these tactics when decorating the kitchen in your apartment. Did you do something else – let me know in the comments! Without further ado, here is a renter’s guide to decorating the kitchen.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Premier Surfaces.
In college, I rented a house with four of my closest friends. We had a blast trying to make it our own and actually made it pretty cozy considering our five differing opinions and constantly bouncing ideas off one another. You may think that by renting, you’re stuck with your ugly rental kitchen. Not necessarily. While you may not be able to tear out cabinets or replace appliances, there are plenty of meaningful changes you can make that will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. Depending on your rental agreement, you may not be able to leave any trace that you were there once you move out. Today, I’m sharing a full range of decorating ideas – some fun, easy tips to full DIY projects! Decorating the kitchen as a renter is not only possible but can (and should) be a creative process!
Let’s start out generally – not being able to paint the walls is a renter’s biggest gripe. There are two ways to address this problem. Make your furnishing, accents or window curtains the star of the show – as if the walls are white on purpose! Or you can use one of these DIY wall decoration ideas!
Try Washi tape on your walls! No really- it’s a great and relatively inexpensive temporary wall solution. You can create washi tape picture frames, which works well for renters who can’t have holes in the walls. Just use the double sided tape to attach the photos within the ‘frames’. It’ll take some time but the results can be a great conversational piece! Here are some more of my favorite uses of washi tape.
‘While They Snooze’ added a lot of color and trendy stripes to her girls’ room with this washi tape wall. You don’t even miss the painted wall and it adds such color to what could have been a pretty bare room. Stripes are just one pattern to try on your walls. If you get tired of one pattern, it’s no big deal. Take the old washi tape down, take a new roll and try your hand at new colors or a new pattern. Easy peasy.
Because it’s so easy to take down and change up the design made with washi tape, you could even change up the color scheme and design with the holidays or seasonally. How fun would it be to see snowflake designs on your walls as snow is actually falling outside? It has my vote.
Another great idea to spice up your walls is DIY removable wallpaper. This DIY faux wallpaper project pictured above by ‘Chic California’ is fabric, and liquid starch! It is totally removable when you move out. I highly recommend you check out their site to see the before and after photos – it makes such a difference in a space.
Here’s another project from ‘Day to Day Wonderments.’ This is another removable wall paper only more customized. Her removable wallpaper was created using stenciled fabric that she “made” herself! How creative is that? Is this something you would try?
Decorating the Kitchen
It’s tough when your cabinets are out of date, there is no backsplash (or worse, the backsplash is ugly) and the appliances are from the Depression era. Is there a way to make this space less of an eye sore? You bet!
Use chalkboard contact paper to cover cabinet front and backsplash, like the Design Sponge kitchen makeover seen in their above photo. I think it’s fun to be able to make a design that you like and then change it the next month or sooner! If you don’t want to make a design, use it for writing reminder notes! The sky’s the limit for the possibilities of chalkboard paper – it changes as easily as wiping it with a dampened paper towel.
Another easy update you can make is to apply magnetic or peel-and-stick stainless steel appliance covers from Appliance Art to your outdated appliances (Pictured above). They are pretty affordable, a dishwasher cover is less than $30. They are a no fuss way to breathe some life into an outdated space.
‘Four Generations, One Roof’ shows you how to install a glass tile backsplash that is removable and temporary (pictured above)! I almost thought it was real but love that it’s removable so your landlord doesn’t get upset! There’s no visible difference between these temporary versions of their permanent counterparts. Why not give these a go when decorating the kitchen in your apartment?
Design Sponge shows us it’s easy to cover ugly or boring cabinet doors (pictured above). Just use decorative paper or fabric, then wrap the front of the door. You could also cover a piece of cardboard cut to fit, then attach that to the front of the door with painter’s tape or 3M velcro (they adhere the same way as Command Strips) to avoid damage to the cabinets.
Make It Your Own
If you’re lucky enough to move into an apartment and have stainless steel appliances or updated countertops then you may have an easier go of customizing the space with some decor pieces! I like to add small, personal touches like photos on my countertops and little trays like this or this to add some inspiration. These small additions really make the kitchen feel like my space.
If you’re renting an apartment in an older building, sometimes it may be appropriate to discuss replacing old countertops – especially if you’ve had issues with it chipping, excessive staining or separation from the wall or appliances. If you’re located in Middle TN, I highly recommend you tell your landlord about Premier Surfaces Chattanooga. They offer custom countertops that will update and upgrade your old kitchen from drab to fab! From granite to limestone, they have so many choices for all your countertop needs.
How will you make your kitchen go from drab to fab?