My Rental Kitchen: California Farmhouse Makeover & Progress Photos


Why I'm investing in my rental kitchen!

Rental kitchen madness today! Okay first off, let's just clear the air and say that I do not think I'm crazy for spending money on my rental kitchen. I'm sure a lot of people read my rental content and think 'what the heck is wrong with her, she's never going to get a return on her investment' and while those people are right, they're also wrong. 

My kitchen space is pretty much my livelihood. For one, I spend more time there than any other part of my house. I cook and cook and cook for the blog and then I do dishes until my hands are pruny. Then after that, I sit at the dining table and try to get a few hours of computer work in.  When I'm really lucky I get to film some pretty awesome videos and my kitchen has to look as 'food network' star as I can get it or you guys will think its ugly AF! You see? It's a lot more than just heading in once a day to make dinner.

It is a space that I take a ton of pride in and ultimately need to feel totally comfortable and somewhat inspired from. Before we even stepped foot into our house and just by going off of the Zillow rental listing, I KNEW. I had a vision for this space that I just couldn't deny. It was so 'workable'. Sure, the stove is old and the cabinets needed a killer paint job but I could see the potential lying underneath and knew I wouldn't rest until I tackled it. I also totally understand that the rental projects are not for everyone but I seriously love them and they feed my 'inner flipper' until I'll be able to have my own home!

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What we plan on doing! 

Honestly, mostly cosmetic changes and furnishings! While I would love to gut the whole thing and start from scratch I know I don't own the home and it would not be worth it. Luckily, we seriously have the nicest land lord ever. He's owned the home for a few years and realizes that this almost hundred-year-old-house has some charm and needs a little TLC. Before we even moved in we chatted about having the cabinets painted white (to match the newer half) and he painted them for us! He is totally on board with some of the changes we want to make. It just goes to show that you don't know until you ask. Rentals can be tricky, but I think more often then not your landlord will be okay with you 'bettering' the home.

IF I was building my dream kitchen it would probably be different but with a rental you have to keep in mind the existing skeleton. Some of the original built in cabinets have these dreamy vintage hinges that are dark and wouldn't be removed. I decided to keep an overall 'black and white' theme to help accent these. The overall tile/palette in the kitchen is filled with neutral tiles so I went with a 'California farmhouse' feel. In the plans we will be covering up some of the countertops with marble covering, adding in some temporary tiles and layering with lots of textiles and shelving pieces. The storage situation in the kitchen isn't ideal. I plan on adding a little coffee corner cart for some of our larger appliances and serving ware and some shelves in the open wall area above the stove. Note* will have a DIY post for you on the shelves (super easy to DIY!). The biggest layer will be tons of textiles, greenery and kitchenware to really bring it to life!

Stay tuned for more progress photos! I am hoping this project will be complete after the holidays and in better shape to film some more videos for the blog! I would love to hear about your rental fixer upper ideas and stories! Comment below if you have any elbow grease tips that will help us along the way!

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