Help! Ugly Rental Kitchen Needs a Budget Makeover

Help! Ugly Rental Kitchen Needs a Budget Makeover

Colleen Quinn
Aug 16, 2010

So I just got my first look at my new house in Saudi Arabia, and boy is it a doozy. Four different types of flooring, brown bathroom tiles, oddly located storage cabinets — this house has it all. I'll be sharing more of the space as time goes by, but my first priority is this ugly kitchen in desperate need of a budget makeover.

The kitchen is fairly narrow but has good light from the windows on both walls. Unfortunately, the bright light just highlights the ugly brownish-greenish tiles and the pink (yes PINK) countertops. As you can see in the photos above, that is not an attractive color combination. I'm also not a fan of the abrupt transition from large marble tiles in the pantry to smaller ceramic tiles in the kitchen; the row of cut tiles in the doorway looks terrible.

I am pretty positive the countertops have to stay because they are not very old; given the pink counters and the cream marble floors, what on earth should I do with the backsplash and the cabinets themselves? Options for covering the existing tiles as well as replacing them are welcome. Should the cabinets be a different color to better coordinate with the white appliances (which must remain)?

I don't want to spend the next two years living with this kitchen, and my landlord is willing to make small changes if they are inexpensive. The problem is I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to pick colors that will work with pink countertops. Help me transform this kitchen into a fun if quirky space!

Images: Colleen Quinn

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