Good Questions: Landlord-Safe Improvements?

Good Questions: Landlord-Safe Improvements?

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Janel Laban
Feb 17, 2009

Ginger sent in an email: I just moved into a (rented) 1870's farmhouse. It's full of cool little details, but there's one thing - the kitchen is hideous! I feel like it could be helped with a few small improvements, but I don't know what can be easily (and cheaply) done without breaking our lease. Per the landlord we can not:

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-paint (walls or cabinets)
-put new flooring down
-remove the cabinet doors

I like the notion of the old-fashioned cabinets, but they definitely need some sprucing up. We will have our dining table in this kitchen as well, so I'd like to make it a place I'm not ashamed to entertain. Any suggestions?

For reference, as I couldn't get the pictures to turn out right, the base color is a deep hunter green, as is the backsplash. The countertops are faux-wood, and the floor is white and hunter green. Also, that border? They ran out halfway around the room, so they changed to a different one. I kid you not.

Please share your ideas for landlord-safe improvements that Ginger could try in her new place ...thanks!

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