If you’re new here, welcome! For the past four years my goal has been to make our small 390 sq.ft. rental apartment feel like our own cozy little nest in the city. I’ve tackled most of our apartments décor already but one space that has remained original is our kitchen. That’s why I decided to participate in the One Room Challenge this spring to get the kitchen up to date. For eight weeks, there will be updates on my kitchen makeover progress both here on my blog as well as on my Instagram page. Make sure to follow along and also check out the other participants on the ORC blog page here.
The beginning of a rental kitchen makeover is somewhat anticlimactic since there is no demo, no ripping out old dated cabinets or getting rid of old floors. Instead there’s just sourcing products that help cover said dated surfaces with the option to be removed at some point when you move out. With that said, I don’t really have any exciting updates to share yet. I’ve made 90% of my choices for finishes and products so far but I’m still waiting for some supplies to arrive in the mail before I can get into real action.
As far as paint goes I have done some testing and I have found a suitable white wall paint. I’ve narrowed down the paint options for the kitchen cart to either Weathered Moss or Silver Celadon by Behr. I also tested Balance Green by Behr but it turned out to be too bright of a green for this purpose.
This week I also wanted to share some inspiring kitchens now before my own project is too far ahead yet. I decided to make a completely separate post about the dreamy designer kitchens that inspired my own makeover the most. You can read it here.
The products I chose to use for this rental kitchen makeover
Sourcing products is always one of the funnest parts of home makeover projects. This time everything had to be fully sourced online and ordered with delivery. That didn’t turn out to be too difficult in this case. I mean who doesn’t like online shopping?! I made a collage with most of the products I’m planning on using (some of which we already had and I didn’t buy specifically for this project).
DIY Pot Rail Wall Shelf
I’m also going to be using two pieces of raw pine wood (1x4x8) to build a DIY wall shelf with a pot rail. I’ll be following the tutorial that I Spy DIY’s Jenni Yolo posted on her Instagram a couple weeks ago. If you want to see how it’s supposed to look when finished check my kitchen inspiration post here. I will be using the Ikea rail just like she did on her barn house kitchen.
I’ll be adding a full list of the steps for the whole kitchen makeover project from now on at the end of each of these posts. Just to make it easier to follow the progress (as soon as there’s any actual progress to report).
Rental Kitchen Makeover project steps:
- Paint walls
- Paint under cabinet area (touch ups)
- Build wall shelf with rail & hooks
- Paint kitchen cart (base & top)
- Add wall sconces above the wall shelf
- Add peel & stick tile as backsplash to wall behind stove
- Change ceiling light fixture
- Change cabinet hardware
- Add peel & stick floor tile
- Accessorize & reveal
My goal is to get all the painting done by next week’s Thursday update. Maybe even get started on building the wall shelf (or better yet finish building it).
In case the One Room Challenge is new to you: the ORC is a bi-annual home design and decorating event that anyone can participate in as a guest. The basic idea is that all participants are doing a makeover to one specific space in their homes over the span of 6-8 weeks and along the way share weekly updates on their progress. The guest participant reveals this spring will fall on Thursday June 25th. Don’t forget to add that date to your calendar for some great home décor inspiration coming your way from hundreds of ORC participants.
Until next week,
Disclaimer: Please make sure to confirm with your landlord before doing makeovers in your rental unit. Many landlords are strict with making permanent or semi-permanent changes to rented units. You might be required to return the unit to its original state before you move out (i.e. paint walls back to original color) even if your landlord approves the changes.