Q: I'm moving into my first home in a few weeks. It has mismatched kitchen appliances: the fridge is white, the stove and dishwasher are black, and the cabinets are birch. It's a little too much for my liking. Any tips on how to pull it all together without buying new appliances? Is stainless steel foil a good idea?
We're also thinking about painting or staining the cabinets. The countertops are a little cluttered; the previous owner left all of her countertop appliances and kitchen decor.
Sent by Stephanie
Editor: Stephanie, for general inspiration here are a couple posts on easy upgrades you can make to a rental kitchen, or on a low budget:
• Practical Solutions & Inspiration for Kitchen Improvement
• Ten Kitchen Improvements for Renters
We would probably suggest painting the cabinets to brighten kitchen, or adding some black hardware to pull together the black and white color scheme a little more.
Readers, any advice or thoughts for Stephanie?
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(Stephanie via email)