We rent: refreshing the kitchen on a budget

So we rent a beautiful home now, however so typical that what is beautiful outside can be bad inside. This building has a lot of architect problems which are shouldn’t exist in a 12 years old building…

We can hear/read in lot of articals that kitchen is oh-so -important part of a home. It is double true for a woman, like me, who really has to spend a lot of time in the kitchen (hello food allergies and healthy lifestyle). Because we rent, and however we planned to live there for 4 yrs (now we are waiting in every minute when can we move from here, after 1 yr :-P ) we didn’t want to spend too much money or buy just as much thing as possible what we can bring with ourselves.

It looked like this when we moved in:
P5261958_blog I like this grey but it was too much.Though there is that big glass door Β it was quite dark. We are a big fan of anti-upper cabinets (we didn’t have upper cabinets in our previous kitchen either) so we are a fan of shelves, because we don’t have 5000 sets of this and that, only what we use regurarly. For family and friend gatherings there are extra pieces in boxes in the pantry (now in the pantry cabinet). After we took of the cabinets we realized that it was question of the time when would it falling on our heads because the hanging-system was so old (remember, it is just a 12 years old building…).
The other nightmare was the countertop and the sink. The counter was just simple ugly with that grey color and ‘interesting’ pattern, it seemed to me always if i didn’t clean it enough. The sink was that old, kidney shaped Β plastic one, which was sooooo black and don’t know what color it had too, i scracthed, washed, did everything… but it was so tiny as well!.

And what did we change? Put simple wood shelves, kind of the cheapest. Bought the simple laminated white countertop from IKEA, -also one of the cheapest. We bought that farm sink too from IKEA, well it is not cheap but we can bring with ourselves later! Simple led lights under the shelves, and fancy wood boxes what we upgraded with some leather pulls. Oh, leather pulls… Β I prefer drawers so much, so where there weren’t drawer we just took of the doors and put those wood boxes to the shelves and the original drawers got leather pulls too.
I won’t use leather pulls in the kitchen again, i always wanted to try it, but now i say it is not too good in kitchen!

So lets see the result:

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So much better for a shorter time, right? :-)