Design Evolution: See One Kitchen's Style Change Over Three Years

Design Evolution: See One Kitchen's Style Change Over Three Years

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Dabney Frake
Feb 25, 2016
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We talk about temporary and removable decor as being good for rentals and keeping landlords happy, but it’s also great for tenants to make changes themselves over time. Especially if you’re in your home for awhile, and your tastes or life circumstances change over the years, it’s quick and easy for you to swap out a few different features here and there and, in the process, completely change the look and feel of your space. Take Kerra’s kitchen as example and watch as it transforms, bit by bit, in this series of photos from 2012 to 2015.

July 2012: When Kerra moved into her D.C. rental, she inherited this kitchen (lead photo above). It’s a pretty typical rental with white appliances, white walls, dated cabinets and basic tile. In other words, it was a pretty blank canvas. As Kerra said at the time, “..the kitchen and bathroom leave a lot to be desired. I mean, honestly, high gloss white walls next to old white cabinets and even older almost-white counter tops? Who does that?” But she saw potential.

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September 2012: It didn’t take her long to make changes and complete her first mini makeover by whipping out some paint. Kerra says, “... everyone thought I was CRAZY when I said I wanted to paint the walls black, but it totally works. It was the worst room in the apartment before I made these simple changes.” A month later she went a step further and removed the kitchen cabinet doors and painted the insides of the cabinets mint.

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January 2013: The next change is a minor tweak, but impactful nonetheless. Kerra covered the refrigerator with temporary wallpaper in a mid-century style. It not only covers up an ugly appliance, but also adds more interest to the room. (You can see the rest of her home at that time in the house tour we did back in 2014).

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August 2015: In 2015, Kerra’s same apartment appeared in the Washington Post. She had just separated from her husband and looking to shake things up. “My apartment felt old to me. I wanted something fresh,” she says. “All the spaces I was decorating now were completely different. A lot of stuff reminded me of my old life. I wanted to be my own person.” While she kept the black and mint color scheme, she added a new backsplash and amped up the fridge with a more prominent pattern.

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Kerra's kitchen demonstrates how just a few minor changes make a huge different in a space.

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