Rental Decorating – The Kitchen

March 6, 2013

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Renting your home has its ups and downs. You aren't responsible for maintenance or yardwork, but there are severe limits to making it feel like home. Because I just moved and am going to be decorating a new place, I thought I would start a new series on how to make a rental feel like home. Starting with the kitchen. Mostly because it's the only room I currently have in decent shape.

Before you start, always check with your landlord about what you are and are not allowed to do. All of the solutions I will offer here are based on not being able to do much of anything permanently. If your landlord gives you permission to make alterations such as painting, make sure to get it in writing before you start.

The kitchen in most rentals is awash with all things white and vinyl. There are some simple things you can do to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Change the hardware. If your kitchen cabinets have knobs, switch them out for something more your style. Make sure to save the old hardware so you can put those back before moving out.

Pier 1 has some great knobs from $4-$6 each.

pier 1 knobs

You can also make your own or find some in just about any shape and color like these from chocolate creative.]

chocolate creative knobs

Rugs are a great way to cover up that vinyl flooring. Rugs can get quite expensive, but a cheap rug, with a little help, can be perfect. The House of Smiths has a great tutorial on painting rugs here.

painting a rug

Contact paper can be your best friend. It isn't permanent and there are so many cute choices out there! There is the main use of course, as shelf paper, but there are lots of other uses as well. Cover cabinet door fronts. Put contact paper on the inside of cabinets for to do lists and notes. You can write on contact paper with chalk or dry erase markers.


You can even cover your fridge as she did over at Shoestring Pavillion!


contact paper fridge

Finish off your decor with some cute textiles and some curtains or a Roman shade.

kitchen towels


I will post pictures before and after pictures once I get my kitchen done? Have you decorated a rental kitchen? I would love to see your kitchen and hear how you did it! E-mail me!

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.


Gina March 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm

These look so great!

AC Abbott April 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

These are some great ideas! I especially love cutting and painting a rug to cover our yucky floors. Here is a post from my blog about how I handled my rental backsplash issue for under 60$! Hope you like it too.

Lindsey April 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

That looks great! I wish I could do that, but no permanent changes to the walls allowed at my complex. 🙁

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