I’m so excited to announce that I’m participating in the Spring One Room Challenge as a guest participant. I’m thrilled to use this opportunity as my official blog debut. I can’t wait to do my weekly ORC updates for the next eight weeks! So which room am I making over? *Insert drum roll here*
Rental kitchen makeover
I’ve been thinking about doing a makeover to our kitchen for ages. Pretty much since we moved in almost four years ago. What a better opportunity to take action than this very unique isolation situation we’re all currently living in. The One Room Challenge gives me a deadline and accountability to get it done, which is just what I need.
So, without further ado, here’s my plans for the kitchen makeover and some before pictures. It is a small space and it won’t magically turn into a dream kitchen with this makeover. But I sure will do my best to turn it into the best-possible-solution within its limitations. I do love me a good decorating challenge so bring it on!!
Travel inspired theme
I chose an Italian Cappuccino Bar theme for this makeover, which was 100% inspired by our trip to Italy last December. We completely fell in love with Italian Cappuccinos. In fact, so much that we ended up upgrading our Nespresso machine to an espresso machine just so we can make them at home.
The walls are currently a yellow-toned beige color. All of our walls were this same color when we first moved in and I just hated it since day one. So, I went on to paint all the other walls in our apartment white except the kitchen walls. But now the time has finally come for them to change.
My plan is to also add a backsplash to bring some texture to the wall behind the stove. The third point of focus in this makeover is the kitchen cart/shelf unit. I will be re-finishing it with some new paint – I’m thinking of using a grey paint with a sage green undertone.
The real challenge in this challenge is that we live in a rental
We are actually renters but there are so many good renter friendly options available that I’m not worried I’d have to make compromises in my design. Peel and stick options will be my best friend in this project. In my dream world I could also update the appliances but that’s unfortunately not an option.
After I’ve dealt with the bigger, more laborious parts of this project, it’s time for me to update the lighting and add a new wall shelf. I’m also going to switch out the hardware to something more sophisticated. Lastly, accessorizing will be the cherry on top to finish off this challenge.
Next week I’ll share some of my more specific choices, a few progress photos, as well as inspiration photos from some of my favorite home décor bloggers.
In case the One Room Challenge is new to you here’s a little briefing: 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.
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. Even if your landlord approves the changes you might be required to return the unit to its original state before you move out (i.e. paint walls back to original color).