When you rent a house or apartment, you are pretty much stuck with the way it looks from the time you move in. But there are some easy decorating tips to at least help hide the ugly parts.
Such as the countertops. I hate my countertops.
The other day I got out all my big butcher block cutting boards I’ve bought over the years. I have three big ones that are just alike.
I put two side by side, then added a vintage box at the end with bake ware stacked vertically that I use to cook in my Breville oven.
I also have cutting boards stacked against the wall to help give it a cohesive look. And the knife block kind of matches too.
I made the vintage box fit exactly in between the butcher block and the refrigerator, giving the illusion that it is just supposed to look that way.
If I didn’t have the vintage box there, your eye would automatically go to the empty spot where the cutting boards end. But with the vintage box added right in between the cutting board and the refrigerator, it kind of tricks the eye.
Here you can see where I pushed the left end of the butcher block all the way up to the wall on that end.
Of course the ugly counter tops are still there. Just not as noticeable.
There’s so many cutting boards laid on the counter top and leaned against the wall that that is what your eye zones in on. At least I think so anyway.
I also finally got around to putting new batteries into the lights I have stuck under the cabinets. I think I got those round lights at Lowes.
But I kept forgetting to get batteries for them when the old ones petered out.
I know, the butcher blocks weren’t deep enough to cover the counter top all the way out to the front edge, but that’s okay. I can live with that.
It’s all in what you can live with, isn’t it?
On the other side by the sink I didn’t use my third butcher block, but instead I used one of those cutting boards made out of clear acrylic.
At least the main part of the counter tops are covered and that’s good enough for the time being.
There’s that third one on top of the washer. And on top of that is a little lamp. I tried that third cutting board where the acrylic one is, but it just didn’t fit right.
That wicker box is full of all Charlie’s medications and supplements. I keep them all sorted for the times of day I give them to him.
Then on the opposite wall I have my kitchen cart and shelves.
Vintage boxes added to the mix adds a little bit of texture and history that gives a kitchen some personality.
What I would give to have that electrical outlet moved. But it is what it is and you work with what you’ve got when you rent.
One of these days I’m going to do something else with these counter tops. But for now I have much of the surface hidden. And the added plus is that I can cut food right there on the cutting boards.
If you rent your home it isn’t the end of the world if you end up with what you consider an unsightly kitchen. Do what you can to hide and DIY what you’re allowed to do by the landlord.
Wherever you live and whether you rent or own, that is your home. You want to do what you can to make it feel like a cozy home that you can love.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
All over Blog Land I see perfect kitchens that just don’t do a thing for me. They’re all too similar. Too new and matchy-match. They look like a catalog for a home improvement store.
And frankly I just find that boring.