Updating Rental Kitchens on a Budget

The kitchen may the heart of the home, but for too many of us, the kitchen is the room most likely to showcase the age and problematic elements of a rented home. Full kitchen renovations are expensive and beyond the scope of most renters, but there are some small changes that can transform a bland or dated kitchen into a more functional and personalized space. If you have a rented kitchen in need of a budget facelift, read on...

Amy shared a wonderful kitchen project with Young House Love- she personalized her kitchen using inexpensive metal tiles to transform her backsplash. This inexpensive project is perfect for renters; the investment of $100 and a few hours can cover up any number of flaws and give you a modern industrial look. Best of all, it is not permanent so if your landlord loves those pink and purple flower tiles, you can peel these off when you move out and leave the flowers for the next renter to admire. Additional pictures available on Shutterfly.

Liz used the ever-popular cornstarch and fabric combination to wallpaper her humdrum rental kitchen. This project is perfect for DIYers because it is so forgiving- if you mess up, the fabric can easily be removed and repositioned. Because this project is so easily reversible, it is ideal for renters looking for an easy way to personalize a kitchen, though you may want to have a friend on hand to help with the initial application.

Lilybee from Curbly has twice renovated her kitchen with materials she found at the dollar store; first she covered her 1970s yellow cabinets with white contact paper, then three years later, she created a vibrant backsplash from plastic placemats. Both of these projects are inexpensive and neither is permanent (though removing the sticky residue from the cabinets once the contact paper is removed might prove a chore).

Do you have kitchen project that is both budget and renter friendly? If so, please share the details in the comments below!

Image: 1. Amy via Young House Love, 2. Liz via The Chronology of Him and Me, 3. and 4. Lilybee via Curbly