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This Budget-Friendly Hack Will Transform Your Rented Kitchen



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Living in a rented space has its restrictions. Many people feel they can’t transform anything due to not being able to make permanent changes. Fortunately, there are a few easy, budget-friendly hacks out there that can completely make your home your style.

A kitchen in a rented home is a space most people feel cannot be updated. This is a complete myth! You can make a substantial change in the look of your kitchen by simply switching the hardware. It’s cheap, easy, and adds a unique feature to the space.

You don’t need to go through your landlord to modify the hardware, as long as you change everything back before you move out. There’s an abundance of resources where you can find good-quality, budget-friendly hardware for your cabinets. I bought mine on Amazon, but you can also head to your local Home Depot to find great options.



Everyone compliments me when walking in to my kitchen. My friends were shocked when they found out my landlord had nothing to do with the design! Try it out yourself and be amazed at the outcome. Let me know down below if you have any other hacks for the kitchen 🙂

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  1. Lindsay says:

    What specific contact paper did you use for the counters and will it hold up with heavy use?

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