Good Questions: Kitchen Makeover on a Limited Budget?

Q: Hello! We recently moved into a small ill-designed apartment. The apartment is pre-painted, and we are in the process of repainting all the rooms. My question is about our tiny kitchen: we are renting and have a limited budget - what can we do to make this kitchen look a little better?...

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The Landlord was nice enough to move the fridge from where the dining table is now and add those white cabinets for us, but it's a rather small place and since we do not have a dining area this serves as a dining area also. We are unsure about the paint color. My husband and I shamelessly kinda love it since it makes our dreary apartment bright, but we can't pinpoint exactly what is wrong with it. Should we darken it, change it, lighten it? Can we do anything to make this golden kitchen look better? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Huma

Editor: We definitely think your golden walls look better against the white cabinets than the dark brown- is there any chance of getting permission to paint all the cabinets white? Also, that peachy pinky beige paint isn't helping the goldenrod kitchen- repainting that room would be our first move before making a final decision about the kitchen walls. It seems like the fridge is really too big for its current location because it protrudes into the doorway. Without a floor plan it is hard to say if there is a better place for the fridge, but it is something you may want to consider.

Readers, any suggestions for Huma and her husband on inexpensive ways to update the kitchen in their new rental?

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