Most of us have had the pleasure to live in a rental home with flooring we hate, vinyl wrapped kitchen cupboards we could certainly do without, laminated kitchen bench tops in a colour that doesn’t even resemble anything natural, tile splashbacks with depictions of bowls of fruit, the list could go on…
The kitchen is known as the home’s heart, so is there a way to create this “heart” with the apparent lack of “soul?” Don’t fear, help is at hand!
1. CHANGE HARDWARE
To replace handles is cheaper than you think. They are available from your local hardware store between $3 and $20. Make sure your new handles fit into the existing holes, because you can’t drill holes into the landlord’s cupboard! It will give your kitchen an instant update, without breaking the bank. Just put the old ones back on when you move out and take your pretty new handles with you to your next rental home!
2. PAINT THE INSIDE OF THE CABINETS
Replacing all cupboard doors in a rental property could cost a small fortune and you will also need the owner’s permission . Removing the doors and painting the inside of your cabinets will create an instant feature above your counter. Just make sure everything is returned back to the way you found it, once you move out. It’s always good to check with your landlord before getting the rainbow colours out.
3. REMOVABLE SPLASH BACKS
Replacing an entire splashback in your kitchen, might cost you a bit more than you initially planned spending on a rental property. Removable options are by far more affordable. These kitchen/bathroom tile decal stickers are made from vinyl, are waterproof AND removable! Have a look on Etsy to see the colourful range on offer.
5. COLOURFUL TEXTILES
A bright and colourful rug and a few pretty tea towels will distract the eye from unsightly cupboard doors. Not only will it be an eye catcher, but a comfortable place for pooch to sit when discarded crumbs accidentally fall to the floor.
6. REPLACE LIGHT FIXTURES
Updating your light fittings in the kitchen can modernise your space instantly. What keeps you from buying that pretty pendant you’ve had your eye on for you forever home? An electrician can install it in your rental property, but you can always take it with you once you move. There are also a few DIY options available if you only want to change the light shade.
7. ADD HERBS AND PLANTS
Bring the outdoors in and create a homely atmosphere with a vase of flowers and potted herbs. Keep it handy next to your stove for when you’re cooking up a storm.
8. COLOURFUL BOWLS AND CUPS
Nothing says “home” like a stack of colourful ceramic bowls, a kettle, bright mugs and biscuit tin. Display these item on a bench top or shelf for instant appeal.
There you go, seven reasons why you should head out to shops right now! You’re welcome…
Cheerio ’til next time!