Rental kitchens are notorious for crummy cabinets, and there's little to be done if your landlord doesn't allow permanent changes. However, if you're artistically inclined, take a cue from set designer Jen Chu, featured in Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces. She covered her kitchen cabinets in white contact paper, traced a stencil of a woodland scene, and then painstakingly carved it out with an X-acto knife. Amazing! See more photos below:

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It's not permanent, either—just peel it off when it comes time to move. (Oh, but I think my heart would break if I had to get rid of it after all that work. Don't you?)

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(Images: James Franco | Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces)