I think I spend more time each day in the kitchen than any other room – do you find this is also true for yourself? I know we’re all different and we prioritize certain rooms of our apartments over others when it comes to the amount of work put in. To me, the kitchen is an area I want to enjoy every time I’m in it. Whether I’m cooking, eating, or even washing dishes, it’s nice to have a fun and friendly space. So when you’re stuck with bulky, oppressive kitchen cabinets (sometimes in a less than attractive hue), it’s good to have some options for making your kitchen a little more tolerable.
One way to quickly make a kitchen feel airier and more open is to simply remove the kitchen cabinet doors. This is so simple and totally renter friendly – just keep up with the screws and which doors go where…hint hint, draw a diagram. With open shelving, you won’t be looking at blank cabinet fronts, but at your collection of dishes instead. You can even organize your dishes by color or in a way you find aesthetically pleasing.
Another option for lackluster kitchen cabinets is using decorative contact paper on the doors. This you’ll want to test on another surface to see how easily the contact paper can be removed before trying on your cabinets. But if you can find a good paper with a pretty color or pattern, you can liven up your cabinet fronts. You can even make bold geometric designs with the contact paper to spruce things up.
If you have small cabinets you want to cover up, you can also use a tension rod to hang a curtain in front of them. That way you can choose the color of the curtain and the length to cover up the unattractive area.