Do you have a rental kitchen with old cabinets or terrible wallpaper? Are you stuck in an ugly kitchen that you don't have the power (or money) to remodel? We'd love to see it and offer any advice we can to help you spruce it up on a budget. We want to help you love your kitchen and cook in it more often!
And, despite the charming photo above, we mean one cast-iron skillet. That's the opinion of writer Jhumpa Lahiri (author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake), who gets nostalgic about vacation house kitchens in today's Times dining section.
We just received this simply lovely budget kitchen makeover from reader Leea in central Mexico. She has a rental kitchen, so she couldn't change much, and yet she made a stunning difference — on a budget too! Read on for dramatic before and after photos, as well as Leea's budget makeover tips for rental kitchens.
We get a little smarter - and pickier - about what we look for in a kitchen every time we move. During this last round of apartment hunting, we came up with a list of things we wanted to check, consider, and evaluate in every kitchen we saw. Take a look at the things we thought were important!
Here's a little end-of-day kitchen bliss for you: a sunny white kitchen in a San Francisco rental apartment. The kitchen may be all white and beige in that rental-kitchen way, but the windows that open into the garden and the minimal clean decoration have made this an oasis of tranquility.
When looking for a new apartment, we foodies often have a long list of "ideals". We want ample counter space, decent storage, good natural light, and a gas stove, too, if you please. After all, we're spending a lot of time in there! There's one other factor that we might not always think to consider: how close the place is to a grocery store.
Here' a little end-of-Thursday kitchen eye candy for you. But it's so far from a show kitchen or an over-the-top space. It's a simple, unpretentious kitchen with light streaming in and a sunny, relaxing shade of yellow. We should all be so lucky.
We've been hunting for a new apartment, but keep running into a problem: many of the the otherwise great apartments we're finding come with an electric stove in the kitchen. We've been cooking with gas for years now and have trouble imagining going back. Is a gas stove a deal breaker?
Here's some inspiration: the head judge of Top Chef and owner of several very successful Manhattan restaurants cooks at home in a rental kitchen that probably looks a lot like some of yours. He says it's so narrow that the oven and refrigerator can't be opened at the same time. Sound familiar?
Read on for more details from this basic galley kitchen and Colicchio's favorite cookbook...
With the Spring Kitchn Cure getting underway, we've been looking over our kitchen with a critical eye. Since we're renters, some of the things that we'd really like to change (the faux-wood cupboards...the curling linoleum...) are unfortunately here to stay. But we can still dream! If you could, what one thing would you change about your rental kitchen?