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 have been updates on my kitchen makeover progress both here on my blog as well as on my Instagram page. Make sure to check out the other participants on the ORC blog page here.
Today is finally the day to reveal the final photos of our new kitchen
Do you remember where I started from with our old dated kitchen? I had hated it since the day we moved in four years ago so it was long overdue for a makeover. We had yellow walls, old hardware and zero thought had been put into decorating this kitchen.
I started the makeover project by choosing a theme, making a mood board and collecting inspiring lifestyle images to create the design concept. Next, it was time for sourcing products, which I did 100% online due to the pandemic lockdown situation. Then I struggled with paint selections and wrote a short guide on how to avoid making the same mistakes. Finally, I managed to accessorize and photograph the space right on time and revealed the photos on my Instagram first. Now it’s time to share the new and improved space here on the blog as well.
A few changes
Like most projects, some things changed from the original plan for various reasons. Initially I planned on using peel and stick tile for the backsplash and floor. I know it would have made a big positive difference in how the kitchen looks and feels. However, I had to cut down the budget quite a bit halfway through. In the midst of this project we found out we were going to be moving out soon and it just didn’t make sense spending any more money on a space that we were moving out of shortly after.
A gorgeous Smeg espresso machine, vintage Italian accents and natural material selections make this kitchen feel like it’s located in Tuscany in the Italian countryside.
What makes the biggest difference in this space is definitely new paint. The fresh white walls and the subtle beige accents transform the feel completely. This kitchen now feels bright and airy.
I bought the rail with hooks from Ikea to hang a tea towel and some accessories for visual interest and to fill the big empty wall space. I attached it to a piece of pine board that I painted with the same colour as the shelving unit to visually tie it to the space.
For budget reasons I decided to use and DIY our old hardware instead of buying new. Spray paint is a very affordable and easy solution to updating old dated hardware. I went with simple matte black paint to match the rest of the accents in the space.
I must say this was definitely an interesting time to participate in the One Room Challenge for the first time. With everything going on in the world it was not the easiest choice to take on a home project but with the extended eight week timeline it was possible to finish the project on time. I’ve been so inspired throughout this by all the amazing featured and other guest participant projects.
I hope you’ve enjoyed following along this rental kitchen makeover project!
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.
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.