Quick, Easy & renter-friendly Kitchen upgrades

DIY, Kitchen


When I moved into my LA rental apartment 6 years ago, the kitchen was one of the first rooms to get the “Engineer Your Space” treatment. People often ask me what that means, to EYS and at the core, it’s about taking ownership of your space, whether you actually own it, or rent it, and making yourself at home. I did a lot of DIY projects to my kitchen over the years to make myself at home, and create a beautiful and functional space that reflects my personality and inspires me to cook (too many projects to list here but fun ones include the pull-out pantry and the knife rack). There were still a few things I wanted to upgrade, which I finally got around to doing recently: new under cabinet lighting, a new faucet and a custom pull-out cabinet drawer. All of which are budget and renter friendly! Product links:

Pull out drawer (made to measure)

Pull out trash and recycling bin from SimplyHuman

Drawer slides to make your own DIY pull out drawer

Tension Rod (for hole free installation)

LED under cabinet lights (cool white)

Removable double sided tape

Kitchen faucet

Faucet and sink installer tool