This Designer Created Renter-Friendly Marble Kitchen Cabinets for Less — And We’re Obsessed!
Name: Kim White
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Rent or own: Rent
Renters all face a common (yet arguably exciting!) challenge: cultivating a space that you don’t necessarily own, but one that feels like it’s yours. Even though your name might not be on the deed, it’s still somewhere you pay to live and likely spend most of your time, so it should be everything you want it to be.
Unless you’ve negotiated a magical clause into your lease, your landlord likely won’t appreciate you making long-lasting changes like painting the kitchen cabinets. However, designer Kim White, who rents a 600-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn, found a rental-friendly loophole that added character to her kitchen cabinets. And you might just want to try it yourself.
She found a way to include her favorite materials in the kitchen without a hefty price tag.
White has always loved the look of Copacabana stone, but being a renter, she didn’t want to spend much money installing traditional marble countertops. “Instead, I decided that I would mimic marble but on the cabinets themselves,” White says. So, she got a little crafty.
“I decided to hang each piece length-wise to elevate the low ceilings. All of the ceilings in the space are very low, but with the pattern running vertically as such, it lifts up your eyes and gives you a bit more headroom in the space.”
But the clever cabinet wallpaper hack isn’t the only savvy solution White incorporated into her apartment: She even used a piece of her outdoor fencing as a window valance in the kitchen! For more stylish and creative inspiration, check out the full tour here.