Kitchen Cabinet Makeover- Don’t spend a fortune making over ugly rental kitchen cabinets. Use contact paper that can easily be removed for a chic redo!
Well hi there! How are you today? Welcome back to my blog and our Japanese rental in Okinawa.
If you are new here, we are a military family who moves around quite frequently so I’m always looking for ways to overcome rental obstacles and share rental friendly decorating ideas and DIYs.
Right now we are working on a kitchen cabinet makeover and you won’t believe how easy and inexpensive it is!
Rental Kitchen Cabinet Makeover
This DIY deserves a little back story….
When we were looking for a rental, I fell in love with this house because of the bright rooms and the white kitchen.
Once we got our “true” white appliances in, the kitchen cabinets went from off white to yellowish. Not bad but I wanted to do better!
I decided to try a light wood shelf liner that I found at the 100 Yen store (our dollar store) to transform the plastic cabinet doors.
They come in single sheets so my hubby and I just stuck them in place and smoothed out the air bubbles with a tool I had for decals.
We had the bottom cabinets done back in March. It only took a couple of hours. I decided to live with them for a few days before we did the top.
A few months later…..
See, even bloggers procrastinate!
I finally took the plunge and finished the top cabinets. (It took one hour.) Wahoo!
- If you try this at home, make sure you are lining up any patterns or grains in your contact paper. On a side note, I removed one to see how hard it would be and it came right off, no problem. A huge relief since we are renting.
- Tip: To make cuts while the contact paper is on the cabinet, score lightly with a box cuter or crafting knife. Otherwise, make cuts with a ruler and scissors before hand for a custom fit.
The original plastic pulls are being temporarily replaced with new ones. More on that in Part Two!
(This cabinet makeover was so easy I ended up upgrading to a bold floral pattern a year later!)Right now, I’m enjoying the look of our “faux wood” cabinets. They look lovely with our kitchen table I scored for free and gave a somewhat unusual paint makeover. Our DIY fridge plate magnets are still a favorite and also happen to be a dollar store craft. Part Two of the kitchen cabinet makeover will include the pulls and toe kick. Then just a few more tweaks and the kitchen makeover will be complete!
Have any of my fellow renters tried using shelf or contact paper to makeover cabinets?
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