The kitchen is the most important room in a home to most people — as it should be! This is where we gather together with loved ones in the midst of our busy lives. We cook with love and share food and conversation here. Sometimes, the kitchen is the only place we find time during the week to spend time with our friends and family. Naturally, we want this to be the most special room in our homes.
Home-owners have the freedom to personalize their kitchens, and even when the renovation costs run into the thousands, they can rest assured that they’ve made a good investment. But what about those of us who don’t own our homes or who live in apartments? We know the importance of having a beautiful kitchen too! What’s a renter to do?
For some reason it’s almost always the kitchen in a rental that needs a major facelift. Often, ugly tiles are the problem. Unsightly or worn kitchen cabinets are pretty typical too as are cheap-looking or chipping countertops your landlord insists don’t need replacing.
Even if you’re willing to dish out the money to make your kitchen an amazing place, your landlord may not be very understanding. You may even get penalized for making improvements to their property without getting approval first.
You should definitely ask permission from your landlord first if you’re ambitious enough to, say, replace the tiles and never see a return on your investment. But do you really want to do that?
If your landlord doesn’t allow you to make any permanent changes to his/her kitchen, that doesn’t mean you can’t make temporary renovations that will completely uplift your home. That’s right — you can still have a dreamy kitchen that looks, feels and smells inviting without a complete re-haul.
The best part of all this is that there are many tricks to turning your kitchen into a sanctuary without having to spend thousands of dollars. Many of the hacks we’re sharing with you are dirt-cheap but durable enough to last for months. Most importantly, these changes can be undone when it’s time to turn over your keys and move out.
Ugly kitchen floors and cabinets, dreary walls and fixtures will soon become a thing of the past with some clever tricks that will disguise and delight.
Check out our 20 renovation hacks that will make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”