How do you make an old kitchen look new in a rental?


How do you make an old kitchen look new in a rental?

If there’s one place in a rental property you want to make a good first impression, it’s the kitchen.  Thankfully, there are ways you can bring new life to your old, dated rental property kitchen that won’t break the bank.  How about a DIY kitchen transformation for under $800?  Sound good?  Here’s how to do it.

Fresh coat of paint on walls & cabinets

Cost: $100

This may seem like an obvious one, but a fresh coat of paint on the walls and cabinets brings more life than you might think.  Stay away from overly dark or bizarre colors.  Light, natural tones that complement each other is the way you want to go.

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New cabinet knobs

Cost $100

Throwing out those old, faded cabinet knobs and replacing them with new ones will really make those freshly painted cabinets pop even more.  You can find cabinet knobs, of course, at Lowes or Home Depot, but you might also check with Hobby Lobby for some more creative options.  Amazon also has quite a selection.  Check these out.

Install inexpensive back splash

Cost $200

For $200 or less, you can put up great looking peel-and-stick backsplash.  You just cut the pieces to size, peel off the back, and stick them to the wall.  Here’s a video on how its done.

Resurface the kitchen countertop

Cost $100

Old countertops really stick out like a sore thumb, and replacing them can be expensive.  Don’t replace them.  Resurface them.

While there are a number of ways to resurface your kitchen countertops, not all of them are DIY-friendly.  The great news is you can resurface your old countertops for less than $100 with Giani’s resurfacing kit.

Giani couldn’t make it any easier, and the final result is beautiful.  Below is a 3 minute demo to show you just how easy it is to transform your kitchen countertops with Giani.

Cover your kitchen floors with peel-and-stick vinyl

Cost: $200

Peel-and-stick vinyl is a relatively inexpensive way to cover up those nasty looking kitchen floors.  What’s even better is these vinyl tiles are super easy to install, and they look great.

They come in a variety of different designs, and you can find them at Lowes or Home Depot.  Here’s a video that shows how to install them.

Cover those old outlets

Cost: $25

It’d be a shame to have a great looking remodeled kitchen that has old, yellow-stained outlets.  Well, fret not.  You don’t need to pay an electrician to install new outlets.  Just cover them up.

For just a few bucks per outlet, you can purchase outlet covers that install in seconds, and make your old outlets look brand new.  Check with your local hardware store, or you can buy them on Amazon.

So, how do you make an old kitchen look new in a rental?

With these tips you can do it yourself for under $800 with a quick turn-around to boot.  Hopefully you feel inspired.

About the author

Brandon Jones

Desiring to escape the clutches of corporate America, I started investing in real estate in 2015 and left my job in 2020 to become a full-time real estate investor. I now teach other how they can experience freedom through real estate investing.

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