Abby's Rental Kitchen Redo

Abby's Rental Kitchen Redo

Abby Stone
May 17, 2012

Ever since I moved into my apartment, I've been tempted to redo my kitchen. Since I'm not leaving anytime soon, I've been edging closer and closer to making that dream a reality. But, this is a rental. How can I fix up my kitchen without undergoing a massive renovation or spending a lot of money? Here's what I've come up with.

About the space: The great thing about my galley kitchen is its generous size as well as the economy of movement inherent in this type of set up. But the space has its fustrations. For one thing, it's very dark. The lack of light is not helped by the chalkboard wall or the wooden cabinets. Brightening up the space is high on my list. The work triangle's also small; I definitely need more workspace apart from the three feet across from the stove. The tiled countertops are another frustration; marble countertops (item 5) would be ideal, both pretty and practical (I bake a lot and marble's a great surface for rolling out dough). And, although it looks like there's a lot of storage space, given the fact that most of it's out of reach makes it unusable. And, while we're at it, I could use a new light fixture.

Cabinetry and fixtures
While I'd love to rip out all the cabinets and start from scratch with nice shiny white cabinets, that part of the dream is not in the budget. Instead, the plan is to hire a professional to carpaint them. White cabinets will do a lot towards opening up the space. I'd add Lansa handles from Ikea (item 4) to modernize the cabinets and Maxim undercounter lights (item 6) to help with the brightness issue and add some much needed task lighting. A
Hjuvik Handsprayer faucet (item 7) would replace the old faucet and its constant dripping. The sprayer and high arched profile would make both handwashing and pasta pot filling a lot easier! While I'm dreaming, why not consider replacing the sink? I don't really use the second bowl in my double bowled sink except as a place to hold the in-sink dish drainer. I'd get much more use out of a larger, deeper bowl and, while I'm at it, I'd get an apron front as I've always love them. This
Domsjo single bowl apron sink (item 10) is the style I like at a price I can afford.

To round things out:
Wallpaper: I'm a big fan of Tracy Hiner for Black Crow Studios (item 4): In an all white kitchen, this pattern, custom colored in blacks and greys, flying across the room, underneath the countertops, feels like it would be a fun pop of pattern.
The Michael Graves for Alessi teapot (item 2): Though the version with the colored handle and bird is more common, I like the black or white version of this design classic.
Le Creuset Dutch Oven in White (item 9): a pot I use every day in the colorway I like best.
EVO1 Prevail Ceiling Fan (item 8): It sits lower than my current set up and I love the stainless and the retractable fan (no more blade meets cabinet disasters!).

Last but not least
While I'm at it, I'd upgrade my fridge to a stainless counter depth French door model with an in-door water and ice dispenser (item 3)

(Images: see links for product image credits; ideal kitchen by Phris via Houzz; present kitchen by Abigail Stone)

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