DIY Rental Kitchen Makeover For Under $100 | Ikea Hacks For Small Kitchens

Hi, I’m Alexandra! You may remember me from the video series The Home Primp. I am no longer working on that series, but I’m bringing you lots of new and fresh content on this channel!

When it comes to rental kitchens, my friends Ed and Noelle lucked out. But there are a few common issues that they experience that almost every renter does too — stained counters, cabinets and knobs that look a little worn out and shelving that just doesn’t match the rest of the kitchen. They gave me $100 to completely transform their rental kitchen. You don’t need to gut your rent kitchen to make it look stylish. Instead, spend a little money and update the things you have to work with. I’m here to show you how!

Video shot and edited by Carla Antonio: http://www.carlaantonio.com/

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Spray paint primer: https://fave.co/2P6UU3B *
White paint on shelves: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca/colour-overview/find-your-colour/colour/cc-40/cloud-white
Gold spray paint: https://fave.co/2P4BY5L *
Marble contact paper: https://fave.co/2OwuA1S *
Stain: https://fave.co/2MpWJdw *
White paint on bar cart: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca/colour-overview/find-your-colour/colour/oc-10/white-sand
Gold hook: https://fave.co/2P3hGK1 *
Tea towel (similar): https://fave.co/2MkAlCh *
Glass soap dispensers: https://fave.co/2MFULCU *
Label maker: https://fave.co/2P6Dog4 *

50 Comments

  1. Pamela Atkinson on November 1, 2020 at 7:25 am

    You made a lot of improvements with a little elbow grease. Great job.

  2. Ella Jones on November 1, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Love the redo but I can’t stand crap on the front of a fridge it just looks awful.

  3. Katie Patton on November 1, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Crazy because I used the same label maker and bottle combo.

  4. Beijo e Ciao por Giovana Penatti on November 1, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Wait. Does this become Alexandra’s apartment later??

  5. Politically-Incorrect, A Canadian Viewpoint on November 1, 2020 at 7:30 am

    That’s not a table saw… that was a compound miter saw 😊
    And they would have used a blade designed to cut metal specifically. .. all fairly pricey.

  6. Jade Welch on November 1, 2020 at 7:31 am

    *Isn’t this your kitchen…. But before you did the most recent pink makeover with the pink peel & stick back splash.*

  7. Mommy Garcia on November 1, 2020 at 7:34 am

    It looks great !! So fresh & airy !!

  8. Devika Lakhote on November 1, 2020 at 7:34 am

    can you show us a how-to video of how to fill in chipped off paint on rental walls?

  9. Debra Murphy on November 1, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Thanks were did you get contact paper

  10. Lesley Vivien on November 1, 2020 at 7:39 am

    I gave up. Loud, loud music and a tiny little voice. Made my ears hurt.
    No doubt the kitchen looked wonderful when it was finished, but I’m not staying for long enough to see.
    I like my ears too much.

  11. Sarah Shotton on November 1, 2020 at 7:41 am

    PSA: if the farmhouse, butcher block trolley is going to have food cut or prepped on it, DO NOT use stain or varnish as your final coat! Using varnish definitely doesn’t make wood cut-resistant (nothing does), and if you happen to cut it, you will risk ingesting the varnish/harmful chemicals it is made with. Only use butcher block oils, beeswax/mineral oil mixtures, or food safe finishes on natural wood surfaces in the kitchen!

  12. Beverly R on November 1, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Could have used rectangular wicker baskets above the cabinets that could hold kitchen towels, pantry items, and other kitchen paraphernalia. You may want to rethink your storage ideas; watch videos on storage.

  13. gabs GV on November 1, 2020 at 7:51 am

    You can create a series of how to decorate in Rental…it helps a lot

  14. GradKat on November 1, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Looks great!

  15. ginathepeasant on November 1, 2020 at 7:55 am

    My favorite part of these videos are the cats! Jk you’re great!

  16. Win Win on November 1, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Do you mind showing us how to make over bathroom sink please?

  17. Eva Bryan on November 1, 2020 at 7:56 am

    great job !!

  18. KathyDNJ on November 1, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Any ideas to redo butcher block countertops without ripping them out???
    Your redos are always great!

  19. iaaammm22 on November 1, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Have you MOVE there NOWO????

  20. 6mat4ica on November 1, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Hey, Alexandra, I like your diy videos. About 10 minutes ago I watched another video. more recent, that looks to be about the same kitchen. Is it really? I love the marble-like paper for the counter from this video and the pink backsplash from the later video 😉

  21. ena krstic on November 1, 2020 at 7:59 am

    She puts pink heart everywhere.In bathroom,kitchen,living room,bedroom…Please,stop!

  22. Nina Odom on November 1, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Please help me !!!! I am moving into apt.that has Duck yes I say 🦆. Border all around the living room and kitchen I don’t know the man good to ask to replace it with something else ….I hate border on a good day what can I do to cover it I guess????? 🦆 🦆 🦆 yes that’s what it looks like.

  23. Jade Welch on November 1, 2020 at 8:01 am

    *Why was your voice mostly on the left hand side of my phone’s speakers?!*

  24. Nina Drecq on November 1, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Hey my dear. Did you tried already wood contact paper instead of marble ? Does it look good ? thanks

  25. Christa Karabelski on November 1, 2020 at 8:02 am

    I used an adorable white and red checkered contact paper for a backsplash in my first apartment for a cute farmhouse feel. Best part it was super easy to remove upon move out.

  26. Marie B on November 1, 2020 at 8:03 am

    i am scratching my head at the cat scratcher situation!

  27. Liga Santa de oración por España on November 1, 2020 at 8:03 am

    This is your kitchen now!

  28. Jacqui G on November 1, 2020 at 8:04 am

    That stain would probably work well on a coffee table. I might get some of that.

  29. Zeta Castillo on November 1, 2020 at 8:06 am

    thank you for the idea of the contact paper!!!

  30. Virginia Tolles on November 1, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Are the spice racks and pots and pans too high for her to reach? The cookbooks definitely are. It looks good, though.

  31. Cynthia Stokes on November 1, 2020 at 8:09 am

    👍

  32. Yesenia Gonzalez on November 1, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Is there risk of mold with the countertop?

  33. Lepowdy on November 1, 2020 at 8:10 am

    my left ear really enjoyed this

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  35. Darthsploder on November 1, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Okay I have a BIG question. I am new to this, so bare with me. My new rental, has horrible white kitchen tile countertop. So its not exactly a flat surface. Do you know any way, to cover them? I was thinking vinyl then I thought, well, because it isn’t a flat surface ( tiles ), this could be a tricky project. Any ideas??

  36. Dzidza Deche on November 1, 2020 at 8:14 am

    This looks so much like your current kitchen

  37. Lorenys Rodriguezzz on November 1, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Wowww I love youuu

  38. Rose Mary on November 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Sorry, but the music is too much, otherwise good makeover

  39. Ruth Anderson on November 1, 2020 at 8:17 am

    One thing you didn’t mention was that you may want to get permission from the landlord to paint the cabinet handles.

  40. Heidi Rodriguez on November 1, 2020 at 8:17 am

    The link for the stain is not working for me can you pls tell me what kind of stain you used

  41. Calico Kat on November 1, 2020 at 8:17 am

    You did an awesome job.

  42. Colleen Rose on November 1, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Is there a video for the pot rail idea?

  43. chen sun on November 1, 2020 at 8:18 am

    I’ll just say “wow” !

  44. harveythepooka on November 1, 2020 at 8:18 am

    IMO the kitchen is just too damned white! If I was going to put contact paper anywhere, I’d put it on the back splash to add some life to the space. I can’t imagine the contact paper on the counter would hold up long term, especially by the sink where it will get repeatedly wet.

  45. Wietske Agelakos on November 1, 2020 at 8:18 am

    I really like it. However the shelves I found them too high up on the wall …

  46. ASDDASADSS ASDASDDASASDD on November 1, 2020 at 8:20 am

    My god, that balcony… OwO

  47. Lady Sabariah of The Lyons. on November 1, 2020 at 8:22 am

    I am going to get a small rental studio apartment soon. And I am thinking of having a seaside beach theme. Any idea.

  48. dtulip1 on November 1, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Isn’t this YOUR apartment now? Or have I gone mad in lockdown?

  49. Jane on November 1, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Please more flooring makeovers!!

  50. BeYOUtiful & Irie on November 1, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Love the contact paper and spice shelf idea 😍

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