Gem, from the blog Blackbird, recently moved into a new apartment in Auckland with her husband. Because it's a rental, they did not want to do any big renovations, but they did want to give their kitchen a stylish upgrade. With a little cash and some elbow grease, they turned their kitchen into something they are both happy with.
First, with the permission of their landlord, they painted two of the walls with paint they had left over from another project.
Next they swapped out the drawer handles with ones they found from a second hand shop ($.50 each) and with leather ones they made using this DIY. Then they covered their countertops with vinyl that they scored for $3 a roll. They used 5 rolls total.
Finally, Gem's husband made a shelf for abve the kitchen sink using a piece of precut wood they purchased ($15) and two braces ($3).
To see more pictures and read more about the project, head over to Blackbird.