Ideas for Bath & Kitchen in Barcelona Rental?

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Q: We need help!!! I know I can turn to AT for some inspiration and input. My partner and I just signed a lease on a rental here in Mataró (metropolitan area of Barcelona) and I am in desperate need for ideas for the kitchen and bathroom (larger photos below). The kitchen and bathroom haven’t been upgraded since the late 50´s – early 60´s and there is no way in resurrecting them. Painting would strictly be a no-no, since our contract states that everything must be intact.

Since we’ve just moved, remodeling would be out of the question, due to budget, the owner hesitation of tenants making any changes, and our short stay in this flat (3-4 years maximum). Any ideas?

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The kitchen is roughly 6~6.5m2 with brown laminated cabinetry, carrerra marble counters, brown terrazzo flooring and the god awful sky-blue tiles with an aluminum vent and fluorescent lighting.

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The bathroom is roughly 3.8~4m2 that consists of a small bathtub, pedestal sink, toilet and bidet all in white. The walls are tiled with pink and grey rose motif. The floors are orange-tan terrazzo with several stains over the years.

I am armed with a budget of €200,00 my steam cleaner, vinegar and brushes for heavy duty cleaning, but out of luck on decorating. I know that simply throwing a rug and curtain would do a lot of help, but for rooms that don’t have much ventilation, mold, mildew and smell would be a factor. I am at a lost with which colors to use other than white. Help Help Help!!!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.