6 Ways to Elevate Your Rental Kitchen
When I was on the hunt for the perfect Vancouver apartment, having a space to entertain friends, host family when they visit and a big bright kitchen were very important to me! Not sure how familiar you are with Vancouver rentals…but they’re generally quite small and highly priced. I still wonder how this one came to be… manifestation or just plain luck? Either way we snatched it up as fast as we could! It’s a funny story actually, Nick randomly found the listing for it on craigslist. It had no photos and no description besides 800 sq ft. You better believe I was the first one to call and ran there as soon as I could! The space was older, but I loved the charm, the extra room, the brightness and better yet, the wood burning fire place. Swoon. It felt like home. The only thing I didn’t love was the aesthetic of the kitchen. It was bright and spacious I’ll give it that! It just needed a little makeover.
Luckily, the tenants before us were here for 10 years, so our landlord painted the walls and the cupboard doors a fresh white and updated the hardware from wooden to silver (which I was planning to do). This is a great way to give your rental a refresh! Make sure you ask before painting. As long as you’re using a neutral color and add value to the space, your landlord will usually be on board!
Add open shelving. We added this floating shelf above the counter top to display our coffee goods, snacks and plants! It’s functional for grabbing stuff in the morning but also a decor piece for displaying things we love! We purchased one similar to this from IKEA in birch.
Another great IKEA purchase and a way to display your food as decor is with our two wooden spice racks!
When it comes to displaying items out in the open, which I love doing, it looks best to display your food and spices in glass jars. Some of them we bought, like the mason jars and spice bottles, and others are just jams and sauce jars! So don’t throw these out… up-cycle them for displaying your beautiful pantry items. Bonus tip, get yourself a label maker! When you have jars of all different sizes, shapes and lids, having a cohesive label on all the jars ties everything together!
One way to elevate any space, but especially your rental kitchen, is by adding plants! I love the look of terracotta pots in the kitchen thanks to an every girl article featuring Emily Schoen! We have this gorgeous vine in one and the rest are by the window planted with herbs, which we actually use and smell incredible!!
I saved the best tip for last… if you have counter tops you’re just not feelin’ (like the one featured in my before photo) fret not, there is a rental solution! You can easily update your counter with a clean, crisp, marble look like this one in one amazon click and an hour of your time using contact paper!! I got this genius tip from Sarah Ashley at Salt House. I was skeptical that it would look fake and would have a bunch of air pockets in it… but I’m actually so pleased with how it turned out!!