Rental Kitchen
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Before & After: This Renter Refreshed a Bland Apartment with Terrific (Temporary) Updates
Before & After
The kitchen is SO GOOD.
Oct 5, 2019
Before & After: See How One Renter Upgraded Her Basic Bungalow with Easy DIYs
Before & After
She updated her island with washi tape!
Sep 15, 2019
Samin’s Exuberant Berkeley KitchenKitchen
When I arrived at Samin Nosrat’s house, her front door (which, appropriately, also happens to be her kitchen door) was wide open. I could see her shuffling around inside with a rag underneath each foot as she hastily dried her freshly washed kitchen floor. With sparkling eyes and a wide smile she shuffled forward and welcomed me into her kitchen. Samin is a true treasure of the Bay Area.
Sep 5, 2019
Before & After: This Mind-Blowing Rental Kitchen Makeover Took Just 5 Days and Only Cost $2,000
Before & After
We got all the budget details, too!
Aug 20, 2019
7 Home Depot Products (for $5 or Less!) That Every Renter Needs
These little helpers just might save the day.
Aug 6, 2019
Yes, You Too Can Have an Eat-In Kitchen: IKEA’s Wall-Mounted Drop Leaf TablesKitchen
If when you hear the phrase “eat-in kitchen” you think a) yeah right, or b) does standing next to my countertop count?, then to you I say this: consider the wall-mounted drop leaf table. Often even the smallest of kitchens can accommodate this type of table because of its signature space-saving feature: prop it up when you want to use it; drop it down flush against the wall when you don’t.
Aug 3, 2019
10 Brilliant Ways to Improve Your Rental KitchenKitchen
Even though you're just borrowing this kitchen for now, there are ways to make it your own!
Jul 30, 2019
7 Things You Didn’t Think You Could Do in a Rental (but Probably Can!)
Rental Kitchens
Don't just settle for what you've got!
Jul 29, 2019
13 Easy One-Pot Dinners to Cook at Your Vacation RentalRecipes
Because if you're cooking on vacation you should have the easiest recipes possible.
Jul 18, 2019
Before & After: The Easiest Upgrades Gave This Tiny Rental Kitchen a Whole New Look
Real Kitchens
That's really all it takes?
Jul 3, 2019
5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Renting My House on Airbnb
Tips from The Kitchn
Sometimes, you've just gotta turn a pantry door into a bedroom door.
Jul 3, 2019
The Temporary Products Every Renter Should Know About
Renter Solutions
Say bye to your ugly floors without saying bye to your security deposit.
Jun 20, 2019
This Mind-Blowing Kitchen Renovation Cost Just $200
Real Kitchens
And it's a rental, to boot!
Jun 13, 2019
How To Line Kitchen Drawers & Shelves with Cheery PaperKitchen
Whether you own or rent your home, lining the shelves and cabinets is a great, low-commitment way to spruce up your kitchen. Con-Tact paper couldn’t be simpler to apply, and it comes in tons of colors and prints — you’re sure to find one that coordinates with your decor. Here, we’ll show you the easiest way to get a neat, professional-looking result, with no bubbles or wrinkles in sight.
Jun 8, 2019
How To Build Burner Covers and Double the Counter Space in Your Tiny KitchenKitchen
Our kitchen is far from large. There is only enough counter space for one person; the stove and refrigerator can’t be opened at the same time; and we’ve grown accustomed to running into each other as we rush to finish a project or perform time-sensitive cooking tasks. When pressed for space, we already use the stovetop as an impromptu counter. It seemed only natural to convert this space into something usable.
Jun 8, 2019
Kitchen Spotlight: Leslie’s Sunny YellowKitchen
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.This is just a basic rental kitchen — no fancy upgrades here, but it looks like a simply lovely place to cook, eat breakfast, and chat with a friend over a cup of tea.
Jun 8, 2019
The 9 Best Ways to Upgrade a Rental Kitchen (or One You Can’t Renovate)Kitchen
Whether you’re renting and can’t do a lot of permanent damage, or you own a house but just don’t have a budget to tear everything out and start from scratch, you can still make impactful changes and additions that will make your kitchen quite a bit nicer to look at (and nicer to use, too). Here are some of the best things you can do. It seems like such an insignificant element to add, but having a mirror in the kitchen achieves all sorts of visual positivity.
Jun 5, 2019
Apartment Hunting: Gas vs. Electric StoveTools
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?Gas stove-tops definitely have a reputation for better temperature control, a bigger range of stove top cooking temperatures, and more even cooking.
Jun 4, 2019
Rental Kitchen Makeover: Leea’s Lovely Little BudgetKitchen
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.Kitchen location: Central MexicoRent or own? RentTotal cost of makeover: $150 Leea says: The kitchen was dark and depressing, not to mention cumbersome.
Jun 4, 2019
No Window Over the Kitchen Sink? Hang a Mirror!Kitchen
I’ve always loved a window over the kitchen sink. My grandparents’ house had one; my parents’ house does, too. It’s a wonderful detail that provides a pastime while doing the dishes. So, what to do when you find yourself (somehow!) in a home without a window above the sink? Try a mirror!
May 30, 2019
10 Flush-Mount Fixtures for Your Low-Ceilinged KitchenKitchen
I’m a fool for a kitchen with marble countertops, glass tile, and oversized pendant lighting. But when I look at my own typical, eight-foot-ceilinged kitchen, I sigh. There will never be room for oversized pendants in a kitchen with eight-foot ceilings, but that doesn’t mean resorting to ugly, domed surface-mounts (sometimes referred to as “boob lights“). Here are 10 fixtures that will have you asking, “Pendants? What pendants?” in no time.
May 30, 2019
5 Enlightened Ways to Use Table Lamps in the KitchenKitchen
Sometimes overhead lighting just isn’t enough in your kitchen. If that’s the case, you’ll probably consider task lighting, spotlights, or another hardwired solution. Unless, of course, you’re a renter — then you’re stuck with whatever extra light you can work into your space. We love the look of table lamps in the kitchen.
May 30, 2019
Rental Kitchen Before & After: Drab to Fab with a Geometric BacksplashKitchen
We can undoubtedly say that this is one of our favorite DIY kitchen upgrades to ever hit our inboxes at The Kitchn. It’s such a simple makeover, but it makes a huge impact. Robyn Andrea, of the blog Runaway Apricot, told us the kitchen is a big part of why she loves her Harlem studio apartment, but it felt a little boring. She wasn’t in a position to make permanent changes since it’s a rental, but we’d say her solution is perfect. Take a look! Do you love it?
May 30, 2019
The Coolest Way to Paint Your Tiny Kitchen on a BudgetKitchen
It seems to me that I’m always one or two steps behind my peers in the general scheme of things. My friends have beautiful homes with expansive kitchens and adorable children and handsome, hard-working husbands, and I’m over here in my tiny house that I rent, single, and I can’t even keep a plant alive.
May 30, 2019
Kitchen Tour: At Home in Paris with David LebovitzKitchen
Food blogger and cookbook author David Lebovitz is an American renter in Paris who inherited a narrow kitchen with a motley assortment of appliances stuffed under the slanted roof of his 650-square-foot top-floor apartment near the Bastille. “In America, if you don’t like your kitchen, you bulldoze it,” he says in his kitchen on a recent afternoon. “But renters don’t really spend a lot of money to do that in France.
May 24, 2019
Krista’s Sweet Florentine KitchenKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Krista and Lorenzo Ricchi Where: Florence, Italy Rent or Own? Rent Krista, an American lifestyle-travel-blogger-expat, lives with her Italian husband in a cozy yet elegant apartment in the Santa Croce neighborhood of Florence. Their kitchen is typical of European rentals; it sits flush against one wall of the living/dining room. However, there is a lot more style and functionality going on here than in most of the apartments I’ve rented in in the US!
May 24, 2019
A Chef at Home: Michelle Marek of Foodlab in MontrealKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Michelle Marek, chef at Foodlab, and Anthony Kinik, film professor and food writer Where: Montreal, Quebec Rent or Own? Rent When I was in Montreal a few months ago I looked around, as I always do, for a cook to visit, someone willing to open up their own home kitchen to all of us. On this trip, I got a double pleasure: a visit with chef Michelle Marek both at home and at the restaurant, Foodlab, she runs with her partner Seth Gabrielse.
May 24, 2019
Dreaming of Margaritas in Mexico? This Tiny, Affordable Home Is for You.People
Vacation Rental: Casa Tiny in Puerto Escondido Sleeps: 2 people Price: $82 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: Glamping meets gourmet kitchen. If you’ve ever wanted to spend a few days off the grid, this is the place to do it. Located in Punta Altares, a 30-minute drive from the bustling beach haven of Puerto Escondido, Casa Tiny was modeled after the simple living practices depicted in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.
May 24, 2019
A Glimpse Inside (and Outside) My KitchenKitchen
Three years ago when Gregory told me that Alysia’s apartment was for rent and we should check it out, I was skeptical. We weren’t actively looking to move and as we toured the apartment, I thought I was simply humoring him — until I stepped into the kitchen. Sunlight poured through the open windows, from which I caught a view of the sparkling Silver Lake reservoir. The kitchen was surrounded by trees and songbirds flitted through the branches. “Yes,” I said.
May 24, 2019
This Builder-Basic Rental Home Got the Most Incredible Kitchen Makeover
Real Kitchens
Here's how one California couple transformed their "dark and ruddy" kitchen into the bright and airy space of their dreams.
May 7, 2019
Ugly Kitchen Floor? Change It with a Floor ClothKitchen
One of the biggest complaints, and hardest things to change, about a rental kitchen is the floor. When you own a kitchen you can put down new tile or wood floors — but even then you may not want to for reasons of cost. So, many of us are stuck with ugly, peeling linoleum tile, but here’s one great option for renters and budget owners alike: Canvas floor cloths. Floor cloths (or floorcloths) are a rather antique form of floor covering.
May 2, 2019
Ugly Countertops: A Few SolutionsKitchen
Maybe you have a rental kitchen. Maybe you don’t have the resources to renovate a kitchen that you own. But you’re stuck with ugly, cracked, or disfigured countertops. What to do? Here are a few creative ideas. • Top with a big cutting board – If you have just a tiny swathe of countertop, like we have had in past apartments, try topping it with a big, handsome cutting board.
May 2, 2019
Kitchen Before & After: An Amazing Kitchen Makeover For Under $500Kitchen
When Katie Logan decided to rent out the first floor of her New Orleans house, she knew she would have to do something about the kitchen before the place could be Airbnb-ready. It’d be challenging for anyone to spruce up this grungy kitchen, especially with “no money and no time,” as Katie said. However, prepare to be amazed, because the ‘After’ transformation is truly inspiring: So, so, so much better!
May 2, 2019
Backsplash Before & After: A Drab Rental Kitchen Gets a Little StyleKitchen
Tux knows a thing or two about the frustrations of rental kitchens. His Brooklyn kitchen has a litany of them: “The floors are a pinky orange 90s faux terra cotta, the countertops are a horrible faux granite laminate in a weird speckled yellowy beige color… and the cabinets… are… I can’t even say it… honey oak! The horror!” he writes on his blog Brooklyn Homemaker.
May 2, 2019
Before & After: A Rental Kitchen Gets a Landlord-Friendly UpgradeKitchen
Like many renters (including several of us at The Kitchn) when Julia moved into her Chicago rental she was faced with a kitchen that she calls “builder basic.” It had all white walls, light wood cabinets without any hardware, and no personality whatsoever. Luckily, she got the go-ahead from her landlord to make a few changes. And that’s all it took to make her kitchen feel completely different.
May 1, 2019
An Affordable Kitchen Cart (And It Isn’t From IKEA)Kitchen
A rolling, multipurpose kitchen cart is practically essential for any small kitchen in need of a little extra prep and storage space. IKEA has long ruled the roost with its line of affordable, space-friendly kitchen islands and carts, but there’s a new contender vying for our affection: the Mise en Place kitchen cart from CB2.
May 1, 2019
Why This Kitchen Island Is My Favorite Thing in My ApartmentKitchen
I have a nice bed, a functioning coffee table, and a beautiful bar cart – but my favorite piece of furniture, by far, is my kitchen island from IKEA. It was a little bit of a splurge, but has proven to be worth the extra cash. It makes my home more home-y, my kitchen more organized, and my cooking prep easier. Do you own this kitchen island, too? When I went to IKEA to find a kitchen island, I was originally thinking of something like the FÖRHÖJA or the GROLAND.
May 1, 2019
7 Strategies to Get Your Landlord to Buy You New AppliancesKitchen
Lofted ceilings, bay windows, and a bathroom that you can actually fit inside — you finally found the perfect apartment! The only problem? The appliances look like they’re straight out of Don Draper’s house. And if you have big plans to actually, you know, use them, that can be kind of a deal-breaker. The good news is that just because those appliances are currently there, it doesn’t mean they have to stay there!
May 1, 2019
The Unbelievable Kitchen Makeover All Renters Need to SeeKitchen
This kitchen makeover is gorgeous and impressive on its own, but when you factor in that it’s a rental, it becomes mind-blowing. Check out all sorts of magic Eliza, the design wizard of note, worked out on her kitchen. She even faked her way into a temporary herringbone floor!
May 1, 2019
This $700 Kitchen Makeover Is the Stuff Rental Dreams Are Made OfKitchen
This builder-standard kitchen’s strength lies in its plainness — there might not be a ton here to flip over, but there’s not really anything to be put off by either. Fortunately, this kitchen’s new renter found a way to play up its strength and minimize its flaws, and all for only $700!
May 1, 2019
The Slightly Splurgy Target Find That Solved My Kitchen Storage WoesKitchen
As a renter of a small apartment, kitchen storage is one of the most frustrating things to overcome. Sure, you can add organizers to your drawers and cabinets, but there isn’t much you can do to add significant square footage. Or, at least that’s what I thought until I found my small rental kitchen secret weapon: the wire shelving storage unit.
May 1, 2019
7 Things That Made My New Rental Kitchen Feel So Much BiggerKitchen
Who knew that wooden crates and folding tables would be so handy?
May 1, 2019
This Is Apartment Therapy’s Most Popular Budget Kitchen MakeoverKitchen
As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve got budget kitchen makeovers on the brain, and we’re not the only ones. Whether you’re a cook-every-night type or someone who only uses their kitchen to store takeout menus, it’s one of the spaces you look at all the time. And when it’s dark, dated, or tight on storage, you really feel it. With that in mind, the folks at our sister site Apartment Therapy tackled a run-down rental kitchen.
May 1, 2019
10 Renter-Friendly Amazon Finds That’ll Make Your Kitchen a Million Times BetterTools
The biggest misconception about rental kitchens is that they’re unchangeable. Too many renters think that just because their appliances are mismatched, they have to stay mismatched. Or that there’s no getting around looking at the neighboring brick wall while you do dishes. There are lots of temporary rental solutions that won’t risk your security deposit.
Apr 30, 2019
8 of the Most Underrated Items at Home Depot, According to Long-Time RentersKitchen
Think Home Depot is just for suburbanites working on DIY projects or shopping for a washer/dryer? Ask long-time urbanites-who-rent and they’ll tell you that there are so many gems in this big-box store. In fact, many of the things you’d order from Amazon or pick up at Target for your place can be found at Home Depot — and with a better selection (and sometimes better prices). Here are nine surprising things my seasoned renter-friends and I recommend buying at Home Depot.
Apr 30, 2019
This British Rental Kitchen Is Moody in All the Right WaysKitchen
Have you ever attended a neighborhood Open House for no other reason than sheer curiosity? That’s how I feel about nosing around the House Tours on our sister website, Apartment Therapy. This particular rental house in the U.K. caught my eye with its daring color palette that totally breaks all the “rules.
Apr 30, 2019
Before and After: This Rental Kitchen Spruce-Up Cost Just $150Kitchen
Chelsey Brown’s kitchen was pretty nice from the beginning: It had modern-looking appliances and cabinets, and there was enough square footage to move around without feeling like the walls were closing in. But Chelsey found the space a little too boring for her liking. She wanted to make the room brighter and more open, while also respecting the terms of her lease and keeping costs down. She totally pulled it off.
Apr 30, 2019
This Bright and Colorful Rental Kitchen Makeover Cost Less than $40Kitchen
It's so bright and colorful now!
Apr 30, 2019
This Rental Kitchen DIY Is the Best Thing on the InternetKitchen
There are only so many changes you can make to a kitchen you do not own. Jess Bunge, Senior Market Editor for Emily Henderson, faced many of the classic challenges of a rental — dated floors, lackluster countertops, an oddly shaped floor plan — but brilliantly worked around them to make the space one to sigh over. The real star of this new kitchen is the countertop cover. With help from her dad, Jess cleverly cut plywood to fit over the gray granite, and built a matching backsplash.
Apr 30, 2019
4 Pro Designers Share Their Best Tricks for Improving a Rental KitchenKitchen
Rental apartment kitchens. If those three words bring to mind visions of blonde wood contractor-grade cabinets, dingy appliances, janky electric stoves, and a lighting situation that would not be out of place in a horror movie, then … yeah, you’re thinking of the right thing. But wait! Rental kitchens don’t have to stay that way. I know because savvy, stylish people told me so, and I believe them.
Apr 26, 2019
The $18 Rental Solution to Bad Kitchen LightingKitchen
This project is a great example of how a few dollars and a few minutes can make a dramatic change in your home — and your mood. As Anne described her situation, “Cooking and baking make me happy, but seeing my workspace sulking in the shadows was putting a damper on my spirit.” Let’s see her cheap, quick, renter-friendly, and reversible solution to the baking blues! So much better!
Jul 27, 2018
This Gorgeous $200 Rental Kitchen Makeover Is Full of Smart IdeasKitchen
This project has so much going for it: It was done for less than $200, it was done in a rental, and it features faux DIY granite countertops and a covetable KitchenAid! (Mixer obviously not included in the $200 total.) Click through and get dangerously inspired. The pink + celadon + white + gold combination is comfortingly and charmingly vintage, but the clean lines of the cabinet doors, handles, and subway tiles keep things modern.
May 25, 2018
We Installed Removable Smart Tiles — Here’s How It WentKitchen
“Renew your room in less than three hours.” That’s the tagline on the Smart Tiles website, where you can find their range of self-adhesive and removable tiles. I’m always wary of any promise of simplicity, as there are often a bunch of tools involved in a project — tools that I do not and will never own — or the project itself isn’t beginner-friendly.
Apr 30, 2018
The Easiest Way to Give a Rental Kitchen a New Look in 10 Minutes or LessKitchen
For most renters, all decorating efforts come to a screeching halt in the kitchen. Whether it’s dated countertops, offensive wood finishes, or lighting that you’re pretty sure was initially installed for a crime scene investigation, most kitchen eyesores require major permanent solutions — or so we thought.
Apr 16, 2018
This $16 Gadget Is the Best Thing About My Rental Kitchen
While my kitchen did not come with a dishwasher, it did come with one little gadget that I'm totally obsessed with.
Mar 26, 2018
This Tiny Kitchen Has a Big Lesson All of Us Should LearnKitchen
When it comes to small spaces, the natural reaction is to pare stuff down as much as possible. There’s no room for duplicates, broken gadgets, or anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. And while that’s certainly the right impulse, less is not always more. Just look at this kitchen, which belongs to Stella Blackmon, an editor over at Cup of Jo.
Mar 15, 2018
Stuck with Really Old Rental Kitchen Cabinets? There’s One Silver Lining.People
If you’re a renter, it’s pretty likely that you’ve had to sacrifice at least one or two “wish list” items when you moved into your place. Maybe it’s a few extra blocks from your favorite supermarket, lacks a pantry, or has a really ugly vintage kitchen. While landlords can be tough — the majority of them are pretty reluctant to allow renters to make any major home improvements — you may be in luck if your cabinets have seen better days.
Sep 29, 2017
We Wanna Cook Here: Garden Cafe Gallery in New OrleansKitchen
Vacation Rental: Garden Cafe Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana Sleeps: Up to 2 guests Price: $135 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: We’re nostalgic for our barista days. This rental used to be the home of a popular café — and it also currently doubles as an art gallery when it’s not hosting overnight guests. Coffee-drinking artists should get here posthaste.
Feb 13, 2017
We Wanna Cook Here: Sunny Bywater Apartment with Wrap-Around Balcony in New OrleansKitchen
Vacation Rental: Sunny Bywater Apartment with Wrap-Around Balcony in New Orleans, Louisiana Sleeps: Up to 3 guests Price: Starting at $80 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: It’s about a million times more charming than our current kitchen. It’s also in the Bywater (where the cool kids live). This second-floor apartment is 1,300 square feet, has giant floor-to-ceiling windows with lots of light, and a wrap-around balcony with outdoor seating. If you love cats, this place is for you.
Feb 6, 2017
We Wanna Cook Here: Beautiful Family Home in RockridgeKitchen
Vacation Rental: Beautiful Family Home in Rockridge, Oakland, California Sleeps: Up to 12 guests Price: From $275 per night; five-night minimum Why We Wanna Cook Here: We’re suckers for a breakfast bar. And this one is eight feet! This spacious house was recently redone, but still has plenty of rustic charm. Just look at that breakfast bar (did we mention it’s eight feet?), the farmhouse sink, the painted window trim, and that Wolf oven!
Jan 29, 2017
The 10 Spices I Bring with Me on VacationSkills
The increase of apartment and house rentals on the vacation market means greater flexibility when visiting a new place. You can live like a local, cook your own meals, and even entertain friends. But while many of these loaner kitchens claim to be fully stocked, they’re usually lacking in the things that truly make a meal stand out (as well as sharp knives).
Jul 28, 2016
The Weird Kitchen Tool I Bring to a Vacation RentalTools
This is the time of year when we all love to get away — from work, from school, from paying the electric bill. We don’t really care where we go, as long as we’re away. And if you’re escaping the heat en famille — whatever family may mean to you — a rental house can’t be beat. It allows you to sprawl out, have personal space, and not have to endure a 30-minute wait for the bathroom.
Jul 14, 2016
Help! There’s No Sheet Pan at My Vacation Rental.Tools
Summer cooking should be low-key and fuss-free, especially when you’re on vacation, which is why I’m such a fan of the sheet-pan supper. Throw everything on one sheet pan, bake it in the oven, and voila! Dinner is served. Sheet-pan suppers mean less prep and cleanup time, so you can get back to lounging on the deck with a cold beer in hand.
Jul 8, 2016
5 Things to Clean Immediately in Your Vacation Rental KitchenKitchen
We get kind of a thrill from trying out a new kitchen — after all, you might win the vacation rental kitchen lottery and get more counter space, nicer appliances, and beautiful cookware. Then again, you might also encounter a kitchen that hasn’t been so well-kept. Hopefully you won’t walk into a disaster kitchen, but it’s always a good idea to clean a few key spots before you start cooking.
Jul 7, 2016
5 Questions to Ask About a Vacation Rental Kitchen Before You GoKitchen
Thanks to the explosion of vacation rental websites in the past few years, more people are eschewing pricey hotel rooms in favor of cute cottages and sleek shipping container cabins in the woods. In fact, according to Trip Advisor’s 2016 Vacation Rental survey, 67 percent of U.S. respondents plan to stay in a vacation rental this year, up from 59 percent in 2015 and 52 percent in 2014. Clearly, it’s a trend. There are many reasons to go this route.
Jul 5, 2016
10 Ways We’ve Disguised Ugly Rental Kitchen CountertopsKitchen
We’ve all been there: Living in a rental apartment that might be great for any number of reasons, but has one fatal flaw. Usually a fridge that’s too small, floors that have seen better days, cabinets that don’t measure up, or countertops that hail from a bygone decade. Luckily, a few of these can be fixed. Today we’re looking at countertops. There are a few things you can do to hide those unsightly laminate or tile counters.
Oct 5, 2015
I Spent $30 on a Window Fan for My Rental Kitchen, and It’s Made a Huge DifferenceSkills
A while ago, I wrote a post about how to ventilate a kitchen when you don’t have a range hood or vent. A number of Kitchn readers recommended installing a reversible window fan which, when put on the exhaust setting, can effectively draw smells, steam, and smoke out of your kitchen. I don’t have a hood in my rental kitchen, and for a long time I just ran the ceiling fans in other rooms when I cooked something particularly smelly or smoky. It worked okay, but wasn’t ideal.
May 29, 2015
The Cheap Way to Make a Tile Backsplash Look Really ExpensiveKitchen
I’ve swooned over patterned kitchen tile before, but not its price. Decorative tiles cost a pretty penny, so for me the idea has always been more aspirational than practical. Then I came across this kitchen design by Megan Pflug for One Kings Lane. I loved the geometric tile pattern immediately, but then I discovered the backsplash is not as it seems. Oh, it’s tile, all right — but it has a secret. And it’s pretty great.
Apr 9, 2015
5 Tips for Living Without a Garbage DisposalKitchen
When I became an adult with my own kitchen, one of the biggest surprises of renting was how few apartments come equipped with garbage disposals. Although I dump most of my food scraps in the compost bin or garbage, I still like the convenience of rinsing away the last few grains of rice or container of stinky leftover soup down the drain with the help of a garbage disposal.
Mar 31, 2015
10 Things to Do If You Don’t Have a Range Hood or VentKitchen
No sticky, filmy cabinets for you!
Feb 6, 2015
Before & After: How I Transformed My Junk Drawer Without Buying a Single OrganizerPeople
The photo below, my friends, was the sorry state of my kitchen junk drawer before I decided to organize it — a mess of miscellanea, and as far away from “neat and tidy” as it’s possible to get. In fact, it’s like it saw the words “neat and tidy” and just ran in the other direction — fast. As in, sprinted. It was sad.
Feb 5, 2015