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Here some easy kitchen updates for your home or your rental!One last day of tips for updating your house this spring from one of my favorite bloggers, The Nester and today we’re talking about frugal kitchen updates.  Don’t forget to keep reading to enter to win one of The Nester’s book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful.

Here are The Nester’s tips on how to update your kitchen:

The kitchen is the hardest working room in the house. And there are so many kitchen tips, projects and dream pinterest boards that we could talk about kitchens for years. But I have one major tip that is more important than anything else:

EVALUATE YOUR KITCHEN

Pay attention to how you use your kitchen. What works for you. What isn’t working? I noticed a few years ago that even though we made coffee every morning, our mugs were across the kitchen in a cabinet, the coffee was in the pantry at the other side of the kitchen and the coffee maker was next to the sink. It’s a small change but we moved everything to one little cabinet–coffee, filters and mugs–all right above the coffee maker. Having a coffee cabinet simplified our morning routing and just made me happy!

Some other kitchen tips:

Consider moving your dish storage closer to your dishwasher or sink. This pretty much changed how my kitchen worked for our family.

nester kitchen move stuff

Don’t block the light! Even though I like my privacy, the blinds in our kitchen weren’t needed. I removed them, painted the wood trim white and even painted the very inside of the windows black. Removing blinds where you don’t truly need them (renters, store yours wrapped in a trash bag in the attic) and pulling the drapes to the edges of the windows so they don’t block the light can give you lots of extra natural light.

nester (kitchen) black black & white windows

Give your backsplash a boost. A few years ago we lived in a rental for four years and the kitchen had no windows and dark counters and backsplash. We cut white beadboard to size and hot glued it up! It was an inexpensive temporary fix and when we left, it just popped right off the tile we glued it to! Make sure you use hot glue and NO other type of adhesive if you want to be able to remove it without damaging the surface. And always, test it in a small area first!

nester kitchen rental beadboard

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Here are some quick and easy updates for your kitchen.  They even work great in rentals.

 

    • pdnr

      I have granite countertops with matching 3″ granite blacksplash. Has anyone removed a similar backsplash and put up a tile blacksplash? I’m concerned that perhaps the granite countertop under the backsplash isn’t polished and would look bad once removed and showing.

      • Meme007

        I have solid surface and we purposely put a back splash as a border for the tile back splash. I have an accent tile that matches the solid surface countertop. It looks very nice. Remember to set the tile at the same depth as the granite edge. It may have to be built up a bit. The glue used in granite is very strong and you may risk breaking your countertop if you try to separate the pieces. HTH

        • pdnr

          I never thought about removing the granite backsplash might break the countertop. Thanks for your advice!

    • http://www.lavishcoupon.com/ Lisa Evans

      For a women, kitchen is her home-inside-home where she spent little time daily. No matter, his spouse or father visits it or not but she does. One little cabinet to optimize the crockery is a great idea Jenny :)

      Lisa | Frugal Kitchen Lover