Q: I live in a small rental apartment which I absolutely love… with the exception of the kitchen. I love the large size of the kitchen, and the ample cupboard and counter space, but the oak cabinets and pink/brown backsplash have grown old very quickly (I've been living here for a year).
The cabinets, and there are lots of them, are oak. The backsplash is pink/brown, the counter is off white, and the floor is white with blue flowers. Appliances are white, as is the table. Walls are a neutral light brown. The only major source of color in the room is the chairs which are turquoise. The kitchen is off of the living room and not separated, the living room is grey/brown with dark wood floors.
I'm looking for ideas to update this space without major renovations (I'm on a budget, and it's a rental). Painting is also out of the question. When I first moved in I used contact paper to cover some ugly tiles in the bathroom with great success, but am cautious to embark on a such a large project like this with a similar approach.
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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