The 9 Best Kitchen Updates You CAN Do (When You Can’t Renovate Your Rental)

So add those magnetic wall-mounted knife blocks and hanging pot holders. 4. 8. Create a temporary backsplash

Even if you don’t hate the backsplash you’ve got, you can still wow without a lot of money and in a way that won’t be permanent in case you rent or are just looking for a temporary solution until you save money. 1. It’s an unexpected element in the kitchen so it instantly makes a statement. 3. Add counter space

Many times it’s not just the look of a kitchen that rubs folks the wrong way when they’re unable to do major renovations; it’s the fact that it doesn’t function that great. If you don’t have a window, it’ll be even more vital for reflecting what light you do have. Whether you’re renting and can’t do a lot of permanent damage or even if you own a house but just don’t have a budget to tear everything out and start from scratch, you can still make impactful changes and additions that will make your kitchen quite a bit nicer to look at (and nicer to use, too). (Image credits: Nicole Block) Temporary cabinet covers

Use contact paper or vinyl to create designs and patterns on your tired cabinets or make them look like a whole new different solid color with a larger piece of contact paper. Add more storage

It’s not just a lack of storage that can make living in a kitchen you can’t renovate kind of miserable, it’s a lack of usable and accessible storage. (With landlord permission of course.) Never doubt the power of a simple update with new or new-looking hardware. Update hardware

I once lived in an apartment with these metal cabinets with metal handles that had all been painted over with the same boring paint color, but one day I removed the handles, took the paint off, and had a whole new kitchen look! Add a mirror

It seems like such an insignificant element to add to try and create an effect on an entire room, but adding a mirror in the kitchen achieves all sorts of visual positivity. Even look into installing a narrow shelf that can double as a workspace and a cafe counter. Disguise bad flooring

You might be tempted to take a jack hammer to whatever awful flooring your kitchen came with, but you can disguise it to save money and not do anything permanent, while still improving the look underfoot. So consider DIYing or buying a chopping board that covers your kitchen and stove when you’re not using them to add extra space to work. Or use organization tools to make your cabinet storage smarter. 7.

Updated: 07.12.2014 — 17:56