Before & After: Meghan's Affordable Rental Kitchen Makeover

Before & After: Meghan's Affordable Rental Kitchen Makeover

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Charleston, SC
U.S. Renter
My room makeover::
Our rental kitchen is partially open to the living area, which is nice in a small space, but is also visible from the entryway. My husband and I were thrilled to have the separate space (we moved from a studio), but we knew that some changes had to be made. First, we painted the walls grey, the cabinets/trim white, the hinges black, the backsplash with chalkboard paint, and the countertops to mimic granite (sealed with 10 layers of polycrylic). We replaced the faucet with a gooseneck faucet and sprayer for $70, and installed cabinet hardware from eBay. Lastly, we installed vinyl tiles purchased for $.80/tile. The total cost including paint, hardware, the faucet, and tiles was $220. For extra storage we purchased wall shelves from Ikea and a stained antique dresser for $50. Also, we negotiated with our landlord to have the gas stove replaced, as two of the burners did not work. There was a mistake in our lease, and we leveraged it to have the entire unit replaced. It never hurts to ask!
My makeover advice::
Do not immediately think of budget. First, find images that inspire you and pin point the details that attract you to each image. Then go about finding ways to execute those ideas within your own space and budget. Great impact does not have to be expensive, it just has to be smart. And give yourself time to figure out what you like. Lots and lots of time.
What I love most about my new space::
We love that it looks luxurious and expensive, while being completed on a tiny budget. This apartment is our world away from the world, and we love how these changes make it feel uniquely ours.
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