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How to Renovate a Rented Kitchen



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Have a bland rental kitchen? Use these temporary solutions to create a kitchen that’s drool-worthy. #kitchenideas #smallkitchenideas #kitchenideasonabudget #rentalhomedecorating #rentaldecorating #rentalapartmentdecorating #rentalkitchenmakeover #rentalhomedecoratingdiy  Have a bland rental kitchen? Use these temporary solutions to create a kitchen that’s drool-worthy. #kitchenideas #smallkitchenideas #kitchenideasonabudget #rentalhomedecorating #rentaldecorating #rentalapartmentdecorating #rentalkitchenmakeover #rentalhomedecoratingdiy

Don’t let having a rented apartment stop you from having your DREAM kitchen: You can totally transform your kitchen without having to do any renovation! Not only can it be done on a budget, but in short amount of time as well. The only things I spent money on were the runner, hardware and contact paper.

Have a bland rental kitchen? Use these temporary solutions to create a kitchen that’s drool-worthy. #kitchenideas #smallkitchenideas #kitchenideasonabudget #rentalhomedecorating #rentaldecorating #rentalapartmentdecorating #rentalkitchenmakeover #rentalhomedecoratingdiy

The first thing I did to transform my kitchen was cover the counters with marble contact paper: It was super easy to apply AND it’s removable for whenever you have to move out. The second thing I did was replace all of the hardware – it only cost me $30 to buy a pack of hardware on Amazon. Even if changing the hardware is all you do, it can still make a big difference in the look of your space! The last thing I did was buy a runner to cover up our ugly tile. The tile is not only stained from years of use but it’s just plain old ugly. Even something as simple as throwing a rug down over it can make the world of difference.

In addition to all of those tips, it’s also important to keep your counters clean and clear. Make sure there’s no miscellaneous items on your counters that you don’t need to use day-to-day. If there’s no space for items in your cabinets, think about buying baskets to keep above your cabinets for extra storage.


(I suggest getting at least a 30 pack of hardware. You always want extra since each piece might be a little different!)
And there you have it! Let me know below if you want a DIY on how to use contact paper. All resources will be posted in the shop section.

xo, Chelsey

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  1. Beth says:

    Looks fantastic!

  2. Joy says:

    I LOVE the marble contact paper, but still hesitant about using it. Will it damage the counter tops?

    Great blog!

    • Chelsey B says:

      Thank you, Joy! It will not damage your counters as long as you remove it correctly. The trick is to use a hairdryer! If there’s any residue left over you can use soft-scrub or Goo Gone. Hope this helps!

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