Ideas for Basement Rental Kitchen That Needs a Facelift?

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Q: My husband and I are moving out of state next month. Our new place is a two bedroom basement apartment. I like our new kitchen but it definitely needs a facelift! This kitchen may even need a little extra help because the apartment's washer and dryer are also tucked away in the kitchen.

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I am considering adding a kitchen island instead of a table. I also would like some sort of shelving. My husband I love bright popping colors, but our contract does not allow us to paint. Do any of you have an ideas to help turn this kitchen around?

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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.