4 Easy & Rental-Friendly Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do Right Now

Rental-friendly kitchen upgrades are always time-consuming and expensive, right? Wrong! There are so many easy rental kitchen upgrades that you can make rather quickly which will actually help you earn money and attract plenty of new tenants to your home.

That’s why I’m excited to show you guys how to upgrade a rental kitchen the best way possible by showing off some of the things I've done to transform my own small kitchen.

1. Under-cabinet lighting

All right, first things first, I need to lighten things up in my kitchen because it is very dark in certain places. So I'm going to go with those trusty motion sensor lights that I keep talking about. All you do is just stick it right up there and voila! You have a motion sensor light underneath your cabinets.

This is one of the many rental kitchen upgrades anyone can do no matter what your current skill level is.

Pantry lighting

2. Pantry lighting

I also added the lights inside my pantry because it is very dark in there. This was the last piece that I needed for this pantry. Once I added the lights, it just looks so good next to the glass, and when I go in there to grab something, the lights automatically come on which is just super convenient.

Tile grout cleaning with a bottle of The Works

3. Tile grout cleaning

Next, I am tackling my floors, guys. Please don't judge me. But you know what, if you do, I kind of deserve it because when I moved in, the grout lines didn’t look white They were all equally dark, and I just assumed that that's how they look. But no! That was dirt guys.

So I took a bottle of The Works—you can get that from Dollar Tree—and I used my large, handheld grout brush from Target. It's really, really nice.

You don't have to get on your hands and knees. Just spray a little bit of The Works and put in a little bit of elbow grease, and my floors look like new. It's actually scary how much dirt was on the floor between my grout lines.

Installing contact paper on countertops

4. Countertop rehab

Okay, guys, now on to the next project. I'm super excited about it because I have been wanting to upgrade these dusty countertops for quite some time, and I found contact paper on Amazon that I have used before. But this time, I found it in a countertop size.

The actual dimensions are 4 ft x 6.5 ft, which is great since there's no cutting and pasting in the middle of the countertop. The sheet covers the entire countertop, and this particular contact paper that I purchased was $44.

I started off by cleaning the countertops with alcohol, and once it dried, I measured everything out. What I like about contact paper is that there are lines on the back, so you can cut it very neatly.

I basically just started cutting everything out and lining everything up, and once I got a layout of how I wanted everything to look, I peeled back maybe 2–3 inches at a time, and then I started to stick it down to the countertop.

The nice thing about contact paper is that it is very reusable. So if you stick it down in the wrong place, you just literally pull it back up and try it again, But I find that if you do the right measuring up front, then you don't run into any problems. Plus, you don't pull off too much of the backing at once because that's how you get air bubbles.

I use a smoother that I purchased when that happens. And the scraper I have is also good for lining up against the sink when you come in contact with it. You just line it up, and you use your utility knife to kind of cut around the sink to give it that seamless look. I actually went back in with some silicone caulk just to make everything look that much better.

I ran out of contact paper, and the new roll just came in yesterday, so I'm going to finish my installation by putting it on the top portion of the countertops. Hopefully, it comes out good, because these countertops are rounded, and it says to use a blow dryer.

To do this, I'm just gonna measure the length and the width and then cut it and apply it just like I did the other areas of the kitchen. It’s as simple as that.

Rental-friendly kitchen upgrades

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  • Juliebd825 Juliebd825 on Jul 02, 2024
    I am absolutely not inspired. Contact paper on kitchen countertops? You’ve got to be kidding. Never. Not in a million years. Ok. Maybe on a play-kitchen for a child or grandchild.
  • Juliebd825 Juliebd825 on Jul 02, 2024
    In fact, even if you are stuck with Formica countertops there are products to resurface it to make it look much nicer, more like granite or marble. 1,000 times better than contact paper.