One Room Challenge | Rental Kitchen Makeover : Week One

I've been on the fence about joining in the One Room Challenge  and decided to throw in my hat again as a guest participant. Having made over my son's room into my sewing room last year on a tight budget, I am inspired to spruce up our rental kitchen.

For those of you who don't know, the One Room Challenge is where you makeover a room in 6 weeks. Better Homes and Gardens is co-hosting!  Every Wednesday, 20 featured designers and influencers post the updates on their room makeovers. On Thursday, guest participants link up their projects! There have been some amazing room makeovers in the past. Can't wait to see what this season brings!!

We have been in this house for 4 years, still renting since moving back to Canada 10 years ago. This house we are in currently, received a cosmetic renovation before we moved in, but the kitchen is lacking character. My plan is to give this space some character without breaking the bank. Living in a rental doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Follow along as I add a bit of style to our lack lustre kitchen using shiplap, fabric, wall stencils and accessories.

I am excited to be partnering with Metrie who have supplied the shiplap that I will install on the kitchen island. I'm still deciding on a wall stencil pattern and sourcing new hardware. The blinds are being replaced by relaxed roman shades, just like the ones I did for my last One Room Challenge makeover. The cabinets are not in the best of shape but I'm leaving them as is, instead I am switching out the knobs for something prettier!

Here are some inspiration pictures:

The current state of our kitchen, blah and boring.


  • Shiplap island
  • Source bar stools
  • Source vintage runner
  • Stencil backsplash
  • Sew relaxed Roman blind
  • Switch out knobs
  • Accessorize
Come back next week and, fingers crossed, I have made some progress!

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