We are renting a very charming, rambling slightly older house (1960's, not 1860's like our last house). And we are lucky that the owners updated all the bathrooms and the kitchen, too. Kind of updated. New appliances. New floors. But the cabinets? Not so much. The light fixtures? No. So the kitchen still has dark oak cabinets and very little light. The big window provides some morning light, but even that can't reach the dark recesses of some of the counters. Dark cabinets + bad lighting + dark flooring = DARK KITCHEN.
The first one I shared with you already. The little hankie curtain.
this contact paper, which is cheaper than actual chalkboard paper, but still works like chalkboard paper. It comes in a huge roll, but I have been using it up in other places, too! You might think that making the cabinets even darker would in turn make the kitchen darker, but once you start writing little pictures and messages on them, they actually brighten up the kitchen! And to add a bit more light, Brian pinned up a string of big bulb lights over the cabinet. They add a lot of extra light, especially in those dark corners! I was hoping for more of a cafe vibe, and not college dorm vibe, so hopefully that at least was achieved. Here are some of the after pictures. Sorry, I did not clear the counters before taking these pictures. I, uh, wanted you to see how we REALLY live, ha!
Overall, these little touches made me much happier to be in the kitchen. If I could, I would replace the cabinets or paint them a bright color, but you do what you can when you rent. I also wanted to replace all the pulls, but Brian (being oh so level-headed) said it wouldn't be a great investment since we'd only be here a couple years.
What has been your favorite mini-makeover to your dwelling?