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ORC Week 1: Inspiration

I’m super excited to be participating in my first One Room Challenge this week!   It’s a home decor and DIY challenge for transforming a space in 6 weeks. Hundreds of bloggers participate by linking up weekly to share their progress and then finally the big reveal!   I’ve heard that it can be stressful but the experience and results are completely worth it.

The room that I’m making over is our rental kitchen.  When we moved a little over a year ago, it looked like this. rental kitchen in Japan

I’ve done some fun DIYs which you can see in the photo below but it could definitely use some more color and a “wow” factor.  rental kitchen cabinet makeover for cheap!

Fridge Plate Magnets | Renter Friendly Cabinet Makeover

Kitchen Inspiration for the One Room Challenge

one room challenge kitchen inspiration

resources:  mini swiss cross decal | rug | floral wallpaper | brass pulls | pineapple art

paint color: Sherwin Williams Mint Condition

Here’s the plan:

Spruce up seating with a pop of color

Cover cabinet doors in a floral pattern – renter friendly

Update pulls to brass or gold

Hang new art

Add a new rug

Update tiles – renter friendly

Better organization of countertop space

Maybe try something new with the window treatments?

I can’t wait to get started! You can find all of the ORC links up HERE.

You can read about the entire process in these posts:  Week one: Inspiration | Week two: Cabinet Organization | Week three: Update | Week four: DIY Swiss Cross Tiles | Week five: Floral Cabinets | Week six: Rental Kitchen Reveal


You can also find all my best renter friendly decorating ideas and DIYs for small spaces on the Rental Decorating Ideas page.

You might also enjoy these one room makeovers:

Global Chic Boho Girls Room Makeover


Rental Bathroom and Laundry Room Refresh

decals on washing machine


    1. Thanks Steph! I hope I can find a similar rug out here. Nobody seems to ship rugs to FPO AP addresses. boo.

  1. Love the rug and hope the washi tape on the image of your chairs is a clue about the color you’re going with for the new color in the kitchen.

    1. Thanks Nicole! I haven’t participated yet because of rental living but then I thought, hey what about floral kitchen cabinets… lol

  2. Hello, stopping by to say how I love the mood board, the colors and the decor you chosen for the OCR. Its going to be lovely, I can’t just tell. This is my first… Very excited. Also how did you stick those dishes on the refig, with out them falling, i’m thinking of using dishes above.
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