Remodelista editor Meredith wanted to perform a a miracle rental remodel on her San Francisco apartment kitchen with paint. At first, she contemplated painting the cabinets (faux- mahogony) —but backed down for fear of a incurring a damage fee. Instead, she painted her kitchen walls a dark gray, elevating her kitchen cabinets into a more stately mahogany.
Here’s how Meredith upgraded her rental kitchen in an efficient and affordable way.
Above: She painted the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Galveston Gray, which blends in with the cabinets reducing their prominence.
Above: Anchored by her grandmother’s copper kettle, Meredith’s collection of Heath ceramics are displayed against a moody gray backdrop.
Above: Miniature glass bowls for mixing spices.
Above: Meredith painted this small storage Ikea wood cabinet in Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain, which pairs well with the walls and gray bowl.
Above: Meredith keeps kitchen essentials within reach; on the wall above the sink are napkins, a cutting board, and serving spoon—all hung from oversized nails.
Above: A before shot showing the kitchen’s original blue-green walls and orange cabinets.
Above: Painting helped Meredith to prioritize what’s kept on view and what’s behind closed doors. Here, a before shot showing the open shelves.