I grew tired of the style of my kitchen and decided to give my rental kitchen a boho look. First I ordered peel and stick tiles online and used them as a backsplash.
Peel & Stick Tile For Rental Kitchens:
The peel and stick tiles that I ordered on Etsy are very colorful and completely changed the look of my kitchen.
A Faux Backsplash:
In this photo, you can see a white strip at the bottom. I don’t know what it’s called. But I found it in the flooring section at Lowes.
It is made of rubber. I attached it with strong double stick tape, and painted it white.
Now I have a barrier for water behind my sink. I guess you could call it a “faux” backsplash.
Embellishing With Wood Appliques:
Here you see another change, aside from the edges of my new window treatment. I purchased a different faucet. Some will say, you rent that apartment, why would you pay $69 for a kitchen faucet?
You know my motto: Love it while you rent it.
Buying A New Faucet:
I absolutely hated that cheap faucet that I replaced. Hated it. You couldn’t clean around the plastic that houses the hot and cold water.
The faucet I purchased was a Moen and the cheapest I could find.
One thing I think renters have to come to terms with. That “some day” house you’re hoping to buy might never happen. You might be run over by a Fritos truck. You might get into debt and never have good enough credit.
So put a little money in the place where you live NOW. You will be happier with it, and $69 for a new faucet is not a huge price to pay for being content with your kitchen.
Whimsical Window Treatment:
Then I added a new window treatment. I simply used a regular old extension rod and layered vintage linens across it. Just switch out the linens when you’re bored with the look.
One of my favorite things about this whole redo is that the “faux backsplash” I came up with was under $10, and I had one whole section left.
Painting The Countertops:
Here’s what I did with these textured counters that had all sorts of squiggly colors I hated. I used a very thick white paint, suggested by someone from Ace Hardware. With quite a few coats, it took away the texture, and my counters are now smooth.
And then I used polyurethane to coat the countertops to keep spills and such from ruining it. It takes about a week to cure, so it should be cured now.
Painted Kitchen Island:
Here is the newly painted kitchen island. The one I purchased for $45 last summer. I considered staining it. But I have absolutely no experience in staining furniture.
So I just painted it white.
New Outlet Covers:
I also bought new electric outlet covers. They are silver. Really this is not a big expense at all, and renters should think about making this small change.
It just looks a whole lot better than those beige covers they slap on because they’re cheap.
This old dishwasher (that I never use) did not escape my paint brush. Since it is never used, I don’t see a problem with painting it.
So there you have it. My boho style apartment kitchen.
If I move and lose a $300 deposit, I’ll deal with it. I’d much rather be happy with it while I live here. And who knows. I may never move.