There is nothing quite as exciting as getting your first apartment. It is all yours and you can decorate it any way you want to! Or can you? Your landlord has rules about what you can and can't do but you want that homey feeling that you remember growing up with.
You're a little short on money as you are first starting out. Trust us, so were your parents at your age. They found frugal and creative ways to make their apartments cute and so will you. Your great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother were just where you are now. In fact, you might want to ask them about their first kitchen. Everyone remembers theirs and you will get some tips and share warm family memories. Their sentence might start out like "We were so broke but......"
Let's turn that plain ol' apartment kitchen into something great! Here are some ideas to get you started:
Add A Back-splash
Check out how placemats (for $13) made a cute back-splash where a plain painted wall had been. They are easy to put up and remove and are inexpensive to change when you want a new look.
Cover the Cabinets
If you can't paint, you can cover the cabinets with easily removable contact paper. It is inexpensive and can change the look so that you'll love your kitchen again! See some ideas here.
Make Open Shelves
For a fresh look, try removing kitchen cabinet doors (which you can put back on before you move) for an open shelf look. This kitchen turned out to be adorable when the landlord let her paint and remove the cabinet door. Also, notice the cup hooks over the sink. It not only holds cups but makes the kitchen more colorful (even when it can't be painted).
We saved the best for last!
Love your kitchen walls with easy-to-use decals. Whether you choose heartwarming or whimsical, decals are an inexpensive and cute way to add that homey feeling that you want when you walk into your kitchen. They can stand alone or be combined with other wall decor. Don't miss the canister or jar decals to make organizing easier with a cozy look.
If you are not a do-it-yourself type person, then decals are even better! They are quick and easy and will come off easily when you need them to. They add a touch of elegance or whimsy while being easy on your budget. You don't need to spend a lot to have a kitchen you love!
Make your kitchen that warm, friendly place where family and friends gather. A place you can make your own.