A well-appointed kitchen is a requisite in any residence. Just because you're renting doesn't mean you have to live with a less-than-stellar cook space. Craving a revamp? From quick fixes to affordable overhauls, scroll on for 14 rental-friendly ways to update your ugly kitchen without the risk of losing your security deposit.
1. Opt for an area rug.
2. Install an indoor herb garden.
Take farm-to-table to the next level with an indoor herb garden. Consider planting rosemary, mint, basil, sage, oregano, and thyme. Pro tip: Optimize sunlight by hanging it in front of a south-facing window like Amber from The Bird and Her Song did with this clever DIY project.
3. Remove upper cabinet doors.
4. Punch up the color.
5. Pack in plants.
6. Hang cookware and utensils.
Why shove pots, pans, and utensils in a cabinet or drawer when you can show 'em off? Use a hanging rack like this industrial-chic DIY option from A Beautiful Mess to display your prized cookware.
7. Or, opt for adhesive wall hooks instead.
Short on storage? Free up countertops and cabinets by using adhesive wall hooks like these ( $4.49 for a pack of six ) to organize essential tools.
8. Get creative with window coverings.
It's been said that windows are the eyes to the home. By this logic, drapery is like mega-volume mascara. Or would it be sunglasses? Whichever analogy you prefer, the point is that window coverings — like this fun Roman shade from Karuilu Home ( starting at $88 ) — are a smart and simple way to make a major statement.
9. Camouflage countertops.
10. Buy a new dish drying rack.
11. Change the lighting, sort of.
12. Show off your spice collection.
Spice up your kitchen! Store your go-tos in these adorable mini mason jars and keep them organized in a drawer. Check out how Linda over at Garden Betty nailed this brilliant DIY project.
13. Swap out the hardware.
When was the last time you walked into a rental kitchen and said, "Ooh, I love those drawer pulls!"? Probably never. Well, no one should be forced to live with less than desirable cabinet hardware. And luckily, it's pretty easy to swap them out for something oh-so-modern-and-dreamy.
14. Add a removable backsplash.
Been dreaming of a gorgeous Moroccan or Spanish tile backsplash? Well, dreams do come true ... even if you're renting. Thanks to peel and stick tile adhesives like these handmade vinyl gems ( starting at $39.95 for 24 pack ), you can get the look you've been craving without kissing your security deposit goodbye.