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Rental Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 2


Kitchen Cabinets Makeover- Renter Friendly!! Contact paper for the doors and toe-kick. Spray painted hardware for the look you want!

Hi friends! We survived our third Okinawan typhoon without any damage. Whew!  Military living overseas in off base housing is always an adventure.

Today I’m sharing our finished Kitchen Cabinet Makeover in our rental home!  If you missed it last week, you can see how I covered the cabinet doors HERE.  SONY DSC

To finish up the kitchen, I used a dark walnut contact paper four inch roll (from the 100 Yen store) to cover the toe-kick.  SONY DSC

The seams disappeared beautifully and it will be a cinch to remove when we leave. SONY DSC

Doesn’t it look good?  In our almost all white kitchen, it grounds the space nicely.


I replaced the plastic cabinet pulls with DIY Copper Pulls.  Here’s what the originals looked like (the first two pics).   I’ll put them back on before we move.kitchen-cabinet-collage

The metal pulls came from the 100 Yen section in our hardware store so they were only about 80 cents a pop!  I spray painted two coats of copper paint and one coat of polyurethane letting each coat dry 24 hrs. SONY DSC

Painting Tip:  Keep the screws in the pulls and stick them into styrofoam.  Now you can spray paint both sides at the same time! SONY DSC

The copper ties in with our copper pots and other kitchen accents. SONY DSC

So here’s a before shot…house13

With the cabinets covered…SONY DSC

And now with the new toe-kick and copper pulls.SONY DSC

A “new” kitchen to enjoy for the next two and half years we are here!


Find more kitchen inspiration in all sorts of styles and sizes in this interactive roundup of 100 kitchens.  If you are looking for something a little more mold, check out my DIY floral kitchen cabinets!

Alright y’all, I’m off for more island adventures.  Have a great day! kathy


    1. Hi Gizelle, I purchased the contact paper at the Daiso stores here in Okinawa. It’s like the dollar tree. I’m sure you could find something similar at Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace. Unless you live here… 🙂 Oh, and Amazon… it’s shelf/contact paper.

  1. Keeping the design simple will make your kitchen more spacious. You don’t really need complexity in this area of your house. A simpler and cleaner kitchen will give you a much more comfortable feeling.

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