1. Cut it Out
Build or modify a cutting board, with notches, to fit right over your sink. Have more burners than you need? Make one with legs that’s perfectly fitted to rest on top of your stove. You could even DIY a countertop extension cutting board if you have a little space. If well cared for, a good cutting board can last for years. The Kitchn will show you how the one above was done. Renter Solutions: Smart Kitchen Solutions for More Storage and Counter Space
2. Pull Out Prep
Install a slide out cutting board drawer right over your trash can for scraps and peelings. You can close it up when not in use.
3. Wall Mount It
A foldable, wall-mounted table is a boon for tiny, cramped kitchens. You can even create one with butcher block to use during prep.
→ DIY Project: Wall Mounted Tables for Every Room!
4. Get an Extension
This Brooklyn studio cut an extra piece of wood, then installed it on brackets at the end of the counter to one side.
5. Mind the Gaps
Butcher block countertops are trending. Rather than replace your whole kitchen, fill any gaps between your counter space with butcher block slabs on legs. Door Sixteen constructed a section between her IKEA freestanding kitchen cabinets.
→ Before & After: 15 Stellar Kitchen Makeover Projects
6. Maybe you’re renting, but you dream of a beautiful, stylish kitchen, and you spend your days looking longingly at kitchen remodels on design blogs, wishing you could change anything, anything at all, about your kind of terrible rental kitchen. The good news? There are lots of things you can do to make your kitchen better without so much as picking up a hammer. Here are ten ideas.
Above: Colorful textiles — a rug, or even some attractive dish towels — can go a long way towards perking up a tired kitchen.
7. Adding art to your kitchen is an easy way to give it a completely new look. Ok, so you might need a hammer for this one, but there’s no remodeling required.
8. Why not display a collection of colorful dishes?
9. Plants are an easy way to add color and life to your kitchen — and if you’re able to grow herbs, you can add them to your cooking too.
10. You’d be surprised at what a big difference little details make. Switching out your hardware can make a big difference in the overall look of your kitchen — and it’s an easy change to reverse when you move out.
11. You’ll have to check with your landlord on this one, but if you can get permission, painting your cabinets can give you what feels like an entire new kitchen. If painting all the cabinets seems too daunting, try painting just the upper or just the lower cabinets, like Lee did in his rental kitchen.
12. If you like the look of open shelving try removing the doors of a few of your cabinets and creating a display for your more attractive dishware. Save the doors and the hardware to replace them when you move out (or decide to move on to a new look).
13. If you like the country-kitchen look, you could replace cabinets doors with a skirt. It’s a look we’re starting to see in more and more kitchens.
14. Painting the inside of your cabinets will make for a little burst of color every time you reach for a plate. (Bonus points for painting the inside of your cabinets andremoving the doors, as seen below.)
15. A more attractive backsplash will perk up any kitchen. Kerry upgraded hers with tin ceiling tiles, but we’ve also got plenty of other ideas for removable, DIY kitchen backsplashes.
17. Cut it Out