Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

How to Fix a Rental Kitchen

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

How to Fix a Rental Kitchen

Article excerpt

JUST because you're renting doesn't mean you should have to put up with a drab kitchen.

While some landlords do put off kitchen maintenance because they're expensive to renovate there's still quite a few non-permanent ways you can give your rental kitchen a bit of a lift.

1. Decorate cupboard doors

If the house you rent still sports daggy orange or yellow formica cupboards, you can give your kitchen a serious makeover by simply covering it up.

You can try using:

Patterned sticky contact (the kind you use to cover books) ;

Stickers (specifically the kind that are easily removable);

Washi tape

Or, you could even cut scraps of pretty wallpaper to fit the cupboards and simply stick them in place with removable double-sided tape. It's a cheap and easy solution to an unfortunate orange cupboard situation.

2. Get some cheap and funky furniture

A few bar stools or colourful chairs will definitely brighten up a boring kitchen. They don't even have to match.

You can go op-shopping and pick any chairs you like and then paint them bright colours when you get home. Don't forget to use a paint sealer and be sure let them dry properly before use. You can also paint old sets of drawers and shelves to give your kitchen a whole new look without making any permanent changes.

3. Display your wares

If your rental kitchen is small (as so many of them are), it's unlikely that you will have enough storage for all your kitchen gear so it's the perfect chance to get creative with your storage solutions. You can store large cooking utensils like spatulas and whisks in a large vase on your kitchen bench top.

Sometimes organised chaos is the best solution to a storage crises.

If you're lacking cupboard space, mugs and piles of festively mismatched plates will look great on an open shelf. Sometimes organised chaos is the best solution to a storage crises.

4. Use the fridge as a blank canvas

If the fridge came with the rental property then it needs to stay in the condition it was in when you took residency of the house. This means that you can't make any permanent changes to it but you can certainly dress it up a little. …

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