The kitchen is one of the most used areas in any home, but it can be hard to make it feel like your own when living in rental apartments. Instead of being frustrated that your apartment kitchen doesn't represent your personality, consider the following ideas that can make a big difference, while being safe to use in a rental.
Replace the Handles and Knobs for the Cabinetry
An easy way to personalize the cabinetry is by replacing any handles and knobs. After measuring the size needed for the new handles and knobs, you can visit the hardware store and pick out a style that works with the kitchen and the rest of the apartment.
Take care to remove the handles and knobs and place them somewhere safe for reinstalling later.
Create the Illusion of a Backsplash with Paint
If the kitchen does not have a backsplash, you can add the illusion of one using paint. As long as your landlord approves the use of paint in the apartment, you can paint underneath the cabinets and above the counters a vibrant color to give the kitchen a lot of personality.
Cover Up Flooring You Don't Like
Many apartments rely on affordable laminate floors or tile in the kitchen, while you might prefer something more expensive such as hardwood or marble. While you can't rip up the existing flooring, you can cover it up in a variety of ways. Temporary vinyl flooring, floor cloths, and even laminate can be used to cover up the existing floors and give the kitchen a whole new look.
Replace the Lighting Fixtures, If Possible
An easy way to update an older apartment kitchen is by installing a new lighting fixture. While this may need approval from your landlord due to the electrical work that may be involved, a new lighting fixture can make a big improvement in the kitchen.
Add Some Personality to the Cabinets
If you're unhappy with the color or style of your kitchen cabinets, you can remove the doors or use contact paper to give them a new look.
Give the Kitchen More Storage Space
Another reason you may be unhappy with your apartment kitchen is a lack of storage. Some good ways to combat this include adding organizational tools inside the cabinets and getting a portable kitchen island with storage underneath that can be moved around when needed.
Remodeling an apartment kitchen can be easy, as long as you consider what is allowed and what isn't when living in a rental. With some of the following changes, you can give your kitchen a new look that fits your personality perfectly.