Before & After: A Mini Yet Mighty Rental Kitchen Makeover

Samantha’s little apartment is only about 500 square feet and it’s a rental. She wanted to make some minor changes, without putting a bunch of money into the makeover. Then she got the best news that an ambitious renter can possible get in their lifetime: when Samantha moves out, the apartment is getting renovated by the owners. Which meant it was carte blanche time!

Samantha’s 1925 original kitchen had so much potential, but was a little on the lackluster side. One of her biggest issues with the space was the lack of backsplash behind the stove — instead, there was only a large piece of sheet metal. Plus, the entire kitchen lacked extra counter space and storage.

After removing the hanging pot rack, Samantha added faux Carrara Marble Peel & Stick Vinyl tiles to the back wall for an instant backsplash of sorts — reinforced with a bit of liquid nails to ensure they stayed in place (remember, the place is getting gutted when they move out). Next she hung some open shelving (with gold spray-painted brackets for added style), which not only provided a beautiful focal point, but also provided more space for storing dishes.

The final change was moving the stove closer to the fridge, and making room for a wood and brass bar cart from Target, which provides another surface and even more storage.

Was Samantha happy with how it all turned out? Why yes, she was:

I love how much brighter and more open the space feels. It’s a small kitchen but it no longer feels cramped or weighed down. I also love how much more modern, yet classically simple, the space looks.

Thanks so much for the submission Samantha! If readers want to see more about the project, along with her new painted backsplash, head over to her website for details and photos!

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