I’m happy to say that my cooking station is now complete. It took a little while to get everything I needed to replace the stove I gave back to the apartment complex.
I had been eyeing this highly-rated toaster/convection oven for some time.
This kitchen appliance will bake pretty much whatever you want. It is the Breville Smart Oven. I researched toaster/convection ovens for months before buying this one.
I have not added a lot since you saw this just over a month ago. There’s now a table cloth over the washer/dryer.
When in use, I simply pick up the tray and relocate it until I’m done with the laundry.
I know you’re wondering how the contact paper is holding up. Beautifully. I swipe the counter tops down several times a day. A great investment for under $10. It changed the entire look of the kitchen.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s a before photo:
As you can see above, this kitchen was blah and gloomy and generic. Now it fits my personality.
I had maintenance remove the stove to make room for my washer/dryer. Of course I know most of you thought I’d lost my mind.
But now I love this kitchen. It has everything I need. I don’t use the dishwasher, so I covered it with contact paper. And I painted every surface, including the refrigerator.
Now this kitchen works beautifully for me. Do not be afraid to change things up so that it better suits your needs.
I moved the refrigerator not once, but twice. And finally got it where I thought it looked best and where there was a place for my washing machine.
What did I spend to resurrect this 1960s apartment?
A few prints, contact paper, the butcher block island I found at the antique mall for $45, the print above and the washer/dryer of course. Since there was no plumbing for one, I purchased a portable washer/dryer similar to what they use in Europe.
I purchased the wood applique for the space just under the sink at Lowes: $19.99. And I purchased paint and new hardware for the doors and drawers.
The washer/dryer was the biggest expense at $1300. But with my ankle, I can’t drag laundry out with a steel boot in the ice and snow in winter. It both washes and dries in the same machine.
It takes longer to dry, so I take heavy towels out after a bit and hang them over chairs to finish drying.
My purpose was twofold in this kitchen. To have everything I needed, and to make it energy efficient in order to keep my utility bills down.
When you start a venture like this, you have to ask yourself: How much am I willing to spend that I would have to leave behind with the apartment should I move? And what things can I purchase that I can take with me down the line?
In that light, I purchased very little that would have to stay with the apartment. Probably under $50 and that was mostly for paint.
Everything else, including the decals and drawer and door hardware, can be removed should I move.
Like I always say, love it while you rent it. Don’t put off your dreams until you have “another place to live.”
Life can be short. Live it now. Wherever you are.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a very functional and beautiful space.Even with the limitations of landlord rules, I promise you there still is a lot you can do.
Moving the stove out and the refrigerator to a different location was no big deal. The washer/dryer works where the refrigerator once was because it’s close to the sink, as I have to hook it up to a water source.
With my microwave, electric skillet, egg maker and my toaster/convection oven, I am set. And if I choose to move, all goes with me.
Paint is your best friend. Many landlords will allow you to paint as long as you paint it again when you leave.
Contact paper comes off. I wanted to try removable wallpaper, but found it a bit pricey for my needs.
There is a way to take any sized generic apartment and make it beautiful.
I call this “the little kitchen that could.”