Cons: Kitchen could use updating
July 18, 2010 2:16 PM Subscribe
My new apartment is awesome, except for the kitchen. What are some non-permanent things I can do to make it nicer?
posted by oinopaponton to Home & Garden (23 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My biggest issue is with the countertops. They're a very old white laminate with some mystery stains that won't go away, and even though we keep them very clean, they don't look it. The floors are a little better, but not much: old, gray linoleum that's starting to crack in some places. I'm not crazy about the oak cabinets, but they're in fine condition, so they're not a priority. The kitchen is about 10' by 6' with about 1.5' deep countertops on both sides, so while it's not too tiny by Manhattan standards, there's not a ton of space to play with.
I can't make permanent changes, and couldn't afford to totally redo the kitchen even if that were a possibility. I could spend something in the $200-$300 range for solutions that would make a difference. One thing I'm sort of considering is laying down Ikea Tundra flooring
for now and then removing it when I leave-- has anyone done that? Is there some way I can put something temporary over my countertops that could function as a work surface? Any other tips for sprucing up a sad little rental kitchen?