Add Kitsch to Your Tandem Apartment Kitchen

Whether you’re rattling around by yourself in a Tandem townhouse rental, or sharing your living space with the awesome roommate you found through the match programs at Willows or Adobe, the winter blues probably have you climbing the walls right about now. Fortunately, you don’t actually have to go anywhere to perk up your surroundings. has some great suggestions on how to add pizzazz to your place’s kitchen:
7 Ways to Rescue a Rental Kitchen

Rental apartment kitchens can often be the most difficult to personalize. Unlike other rooms, the kitchen is already furnished, like it or not. Don’t despair – there are still temporary ways to cover an appliance or disguise flooring and walls. 

  1. Cover the Floor Outdoor rugs, like this 5’x8′ Chevron Rug from World Market, are ideal for the kitchen because they’ll survive food messes. $127.49
  2. Install Roll-Out Drawers in Your Cabinets At about $50 each these Bamboo Roll-Out Cabinet Drawers from The Container Store may seem a little steep for dressing up a rental kitchen, but you can take them with you when you leave. And once you’ve installed these roll out drawers where there were once plain ole shelves, you’ll never go back.
  3. Put Some Light on It Adding under cabinet lighting, like this RATIONELL LED Lighting from IKEA, will help brighten up the kitchen counters. $49.99
  4. Cover Tile Consider covering with wall tiles, like the FASTBO from IKEA. For a temporary application, use sticky-backed velco to apply the panels to the wall. $29.99

As always, check with your Tandem managers before making any changes to your apartment.

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