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!
The joys of renting. It’s easy to hide floors and ugly blinds but kitchens and bathrooms are a different story. What do you do with outdated/eye sore cabinets that will let you keep your deposit? We can’t paint or replace them. But we can think outside the box!
Renter-Friendly Cabinet Makeover
If you are new here, we are a military family who moves frequently so I’m always looking for ways to overcome rental obstacles and share rental-friendly decorating ideas and DIYs.
Right now we are thrilled to be living in beautiful Okinawa, Japan. Our house is off-base but built for American living with appliances and spacious rooms (at least to Japanese standards) that we are accustom to. Of course, not everything is equally appealing.
Our home definitely has quirks like concrete walls (built to withstand typhoons), textured ceilings, and interesting cabinets. I honestly can’t quite figure out what the material is but my guess is a laminate or veneer over presswood and plastic pulls. I decided to give this rental kitchen a cabinet makeover and can’t believe how easy and inexpensive it was!
Rental Kitchen Cabinet Makeover
I fell in love with this house because of the bright rooms and the white kitchen when we were house hunting.
The cream kitchen cabinet color really stood out once we got white appliances into the kitchen. It wasn’t 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.
I instantly loved the transformation especially the wood look that added warmth to an otherwise stark kitchen.
- 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!
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Have any of my fellow renters tried using shelf or contact paper to makeover cabinets?
Looking for something more bold? Check out these makeovers!