Here are tips to Freshen An Apartment Kitchen such as painting, adding window and floor treatments, and personal accessories. This is an updated post with the changes we made recently since this topic is often searched.
A lot of good food comes out of our galley kitchen in our San Francisco 100-year-old 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.
Tips To Freshen An Apartment Kitchen
Tip One: Paint
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 BM White Dove. It was a pickled oak…
Tip Two: Address the Floor
Detest is not a strong enough word about how I feel about our linoleum floor. The new rug runner by Ruggable helps. It’s not the most expensive-looking rug but I love that we can wash it in the machine and the premium rug pad is nice and soft on your feet. I may buy an additional top rug to switch out when one in is the wash.
Note: here is a review of Ruggable since some of you asked. I really like it as it is washable and I would use one in a kitchen or mudroom, but since the pattern is printed on and not woven, I personally wouldn’t use it in a living room with a more refined look. Also, I haven’t washed it yet…so there will be an update when I do.
Tip Three: Windows
The natural wood shade is by Blinds.com. I had a cloth one on the window but it got too dirty from the stovetop. This one is easier to wipe down.
The copper pans are easy to keep clean with Bar Keeper’s Friend (Amazon).
Tip Four: Accessorise Walls with Art and/or Cookery
Tip Five: Accessorize Counter Tops And Pantry
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.
Recently we organized our pantry with this post. We took the doors off and will replace them when we move. Amazingly, the pantry is staying fairly neat.
And those are tips to freshen an apartment kitchen.