SMALL Rental Kitchen Vision Board

Friends, Rental house kitchens.  Can we talk about them for a moment?  They can be a tricky place in your home.  Typically kitchens are the heart of a home.  But in a rental home you just never know what you are going to get and most times, there isn’t a ton you can do to improve a rental kitchen.

Today, I’m going to share my SMALL Rental Kitchen Vision Board with you.  After our last house, my mind instantly thought, if we could just move this wall 4′ this way and put a window here and add additional countertop there….. but alas I can’t do a single remodeling thing to it.  So, I want to share my vision of what it could be and then eventually how with a few rental and budget friendly ideas, it will have a whole new look.

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If you’ve been a Delineate Your Dwelling reader for a while, you’ll remember in our last home we renovated our kitchen.  As in, gutted it down to the studs and step by step built it back as our own (I shared the process hereherehere and here).  We’ve since moved across the country into a rental home while the hubs is back in school and although our kitchen now is very nice in quality… it’s crazy tiny and it has hunter green countertops.  Some might think the copper fixtures are a negative, but I’m currently crushing on all things copper so I think it’s actually one of it’s biggest pluses!

As far as rental kitchen’s go, we lucked out in the quality of cabinets and appliances.  We could be so so so much worse off and I am very grateful for that.  But, as I had mentioned above the space is SMALL and the kitchen is TIGHT (I have 36 total inches of counter space) and our countertops are seriously HUNTER GREEN and we do NOT HAVE A GARBAGE DISPOSAL.  The lack of garbage disposal by far is my biggest complaint, countertop space is a very close second.

I am choosing to take on the small issues as a organizational challenge and I’m referring to the countertops from here on out as Emerald Green because that color is much more appealing to me 1990’s than Hunter Green.  (Please use your imagination on this crazy pieced together overall image.)

Small Rental Kitchen before

First item of business was taking stock of what I could not change.  Color of countertops and cabinets were staying, so those will be the colors I work with.  I prefer a bright white kitchen and this is far far from that vision, so I did some searching to find inspiration for what I had to work with.  My heart skipped a beat when I found this kitchen from The Jungalow.  Major differences in my mind are white walls and gorgeous open shelving, but things alike are colors and the style I would ideally like.

Kitchen Inspiration

I am hopeful with a small island to create more counter space and some cheerful organization and decor items, I can lighten a rather dark space and give it a bit more of the modern bohemian look I am going for.  (#crossingfingers)


Rental Kitchen

Wooden Step Stool | Hanging Upside Down Planter | Peach Glassware | Rifle Co Recipe Box

Rental Kitchen 2Organizing Tote | Timer | Copper Mugs | Small White Pots

Rental Kitchen 3Pantone Clock | Copper Hanging Fruit Baskets | Ikea Rolling Island

Check back to see how this little rental kitchen turns out!  Once the exterior makeover is complete, I have plans for all kinds of small kitchen organizing posts.  Do you have any small kitchen tips or tricks?  Share below!!

15 thoughts on “SMALL Rental Kitchen Vision Board

  1. If you can unscrew the doors (and have a space to store them), put white shelf paper on the open shelves (water based craft glue to stick down, wet to take off) you can break the hard wood look and lighten it up.

  2. Love that inspiration board, and I’ve been eyeing that sweet recipe box from the Rifle Paper Company. We have an awesome kitchen right now but we are moving this summer and you are so right, you just never know what you’re going to get when you rent. Thanks for linking up at the Pretty Project Party!

    1. I know! I’m afraid our kitchen is too small for that step stool… but I may get one and take it back if it’s too small. Small kitchen promblems. 😉

  3. Oh, I love your kitchen vision! And while the cabinets and emerald (good choice of word!) aren’t ideal, I think you can totally get the look you want! What about removing a few doors on the upper cabinets for a more open look?

    Also, I know everything is relative, and we don’t have kids so we have less to fit in there, but take a look at our rental kitchen (spoiler alert, we have ONE built-in cabinet!):


    1. Thank you for your vision appreciation, ha! I just checked out your kitchen and it’s a really good size and so much charm! Other than no storage and no drawers and no cabinets…. eeks! =)

    1. Thanks Heather! I’m worried it will look just exactly the same since I can’t really do too much to it, but I won’t ever know without trying! 😉

    1. It’s so hard to try and change it without being able to really do much other than a new rug and wall decor. We shall see how it turns out! 😉

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