5 Ways to Make Your Ugly Rental Kitchen Look Better Fast

5 Ways to Make Your Ugly Rental Kitchen Look Better Fast

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Adrienne Breaux
Nov 15, 2015

No matter how well appointed your dining room or how small your cooking space, guests often seem to congregate in and around the kitchen during dinner parties. Have entertaining plans this season? Try these fixes in your rental kitchen if you don't love the way it looks right now.

1. Temporarily improve a surface

From a bad backsplash to a terrible countertop material to an ugly wall paint job, there are a lot of surface materials you might not love the look of in your kitchen. You might not be able to undertake a huge renovation in a rental, but you can make some temporary changes. There's contact paper for cabinets. There's temporary backsplashes that stick on and can be peeled off. You could hang a large art piece on a wall to distract from an ugly wall. Get creative to temporarily cover a surface if it's really bugging you.

2. Remove some elements

Don't love your kitchen cabinets? Take the doors off and turn your cabinets into open shelving. Or try removing (or replacing) the door and drawer pulls on your cabinets to give them a face-lift. Take out the light fixture you don't love. Keep track of your changes so you can fix things back when you move out. But don't be afraid to temporarily strip away at your rental kitchen to make it fit your tastes more.

3. Add some clutter coverage

Is removing doors the last thing you want to do because you feel like there's too much visual clutter in your rental kitchen to begin with? Perhaps you have some extra storage like shelving that you added that's cluttering up your space and you need a solution for hiding it? Consider concealing it with DIY fabric curtains or skirts.

4. Hang tools up neatly

Don't let the kitchen tools you use stack up around your kitchen make a visual mess; invest in a few smart storage solutions that will help you hang up or display your tools with a sense of order. This will make your rental kitchen look and feel better as well as function better, too.

5. Shop the rest of your space

Go around the rest of your home to see if you can find colorful or cheery accessories to bring into your kitchen to give it a more homey feeling and a neat visual face-lift.

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