Making a rental property feel like home can seem nearly impossible when there are limits to any changes you can make. Rental kitchens are particularly difficult spaces because they are often small, basic, and outdated.
Use these DIY kitchen hacks to make the most of your rental kitchen space.
If your rental kitchen is low on prep space, invest in a kitchen island for added room (this can double as an eating space if your rental doesn’t have a dining room or space in the kitchen), or a butcher’s block if your kitchen is too small for a regular island. Make your own island from stock cabinets from your local hardware store and a length of countertop. The great thing about this DIY project is that you can take it with you when you move, so you’re not throwing money into a house that isn’t yours.
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Wall (and ceiling) storage
Most rental kitchens are small and lacking in storage space, so make the best of what space you have by hanging pots and pans from the ceiling, storing cookbooks and dry ingredients on floating shelves, and hanging wine glasses from the underside of cabinets above your countertops. Make every surface count to maximize your storage.
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Adding a functional garden wall to your kitchen does double DIY duty by saving space and adding color. Choose easily maintained, small herbs that will prove useful in your own cooking and plant them in Mason jars or recycled cardboard planters. Hang them vertically on the kitchen wall or place them in wall mounted spice racks for a creative alternative to windowsill gardens.
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Chalkboard paint wall
If your rental agreement allows you to paint the walls, get creative and use chalkboard paint in your kitchen. A coat of paint and some creativity can turn a drab wall into a command center, grocery list, or even a work of art. The best part? You can change your wall art every week if you want.
Spruce up your kitchen’s old drawers, cabinets, and even sink with updated fittings. Replace fittings rather than entire units for a low cost, simple solution to outdated storage units and prep areas. These can also be taken with you when you choose to move house, so you are making an investment rather than wasting money.
Cover up unsightly, old linoleum and drab flooring in your rental kitchen with colorful throw rugs. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, make your own rug from strips of cotton jersey, but feel free to cut DIY corners here and thrift a rug or two from your local flea market. You really can’t get easier when it comes to brightening up a tired kitchen.
Ready to get to work? Grab a hammer and make your rental kitchen your own.