A lot of good food comes out of our galley kitchen in our San Francisco apartment. The view’s not bad either! It doesn’t make sense to overhaul it completely as we did here since we are renting. But here’s how we made it more pleasing with these ideas to freshen a dated rental kitchen.
Tip One: Paint
Five years ago, we asked the landlords if we could paint the cabinets a neutral color (Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter). They said sure (and now they are painting the cabinets in other units this color). We also painted the walls Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Tip Two: Address the floor
I decided to embrace the “vintage” linoleum by adding another “cooler” vinyl floor cloth from Spicher and Co. So I reached out to them and they gave me the one I wanted (I honestly would have bought it). There are several expenses to running this website so sometimes it’s nice to get a gift. They have a great selection.
If you have wood floors in your kitchen, you might want to consider a vintage vinyl floor cloth in areas that may get water damage (like near the sink, dishwasher or water/ice dispenser in a refrigerator). Look at this new customizable product! Spicher and Co. Personalized Mat
This could be fun by your back door… “Shoe Dropoff” or “Servants’ Entrance” or what fun ideas do you have for personalization?
Tip Three: Windows
I try to keep this window clean to enjoy the view (it rotates inward for cleaning) but the top transom is impossible to reach). I waited for this Pottery Barn Roman shade to go on sale. It softens the window and covers the top transom.
I also have a different charcoal striped one in my office. They are cordless and a good value if you can use their standard sizes.
Tip Four: Accessorise Walls with Art and/or Cookery
I used some paintings I already had from friends mixed with flea market finds along with copper pans hanging on metal hooks from Target.
The copper pans are easy to keep clean with Bar Keeper’s Friend (Amazon).
Tip Five: Accessorize Counter Tops
I try to minimize clutter, but some colorful accents from cookbooks and produce (don’t put tomatoes in the fridge and herb plants are nice to have on hand). Add texture with wooden cutting boards.
There’s even a little coffee/tea center organized with a tray.
And that’s it. I know it’s not gorgeous…but it’s better and I like it 🙂
Here are some nice things for your kitchen (and for Mother’s Day gifts, too).