Next Up

An Old-Fashioned Kitchen Gets a Sleek, Contemporary Update for College Roommates

August 06, 2021

Six guy roommates at the University of Minnesota got a kitchen update to their rental house thanks to designer and Instagram influencer Patti Wagner. No longer dated, the updated kitchen has a modern vibe that makes the students feel more at home.

1 / 10
Photo: Canary Grey. From: Rentfluencer.

Cabinets Painted Black

Paint can hide a multitude of sins, and in this rental kitchen, paint provides a major transformation on both the walls and the cabinets. The backsplash and countertop get a fresh look using peel-and-stick paper, in marble for the countertops and white subway tile for the backsplash. Brushed nickel hardware is a modern touch. A new modern light fixture hugs the ceiling, solving one roommate's biggest problem with the kitchen — always hitting his head on the light.

watch the video

More photos after this Ad

2 / 10
From: Rentfluencer

Before: Dark Walls, Low Light

Before, the kitchen was dark and dingy, with walls painted two tones of green. And there's that low-hanging light fixture that was a danger to one tall renter.

More photos after this Ad

3 / 10
Photo: Canary Grey. From: Rentfluencer.

Peel-and-Stick Countertops and Backsplash

The peel-and-stick countertop and backsplash covering look so fresh and modern, no one will ever know they’re not permanent.

More photos after this Ad

4 / 10
Photo: Canary Grey. From: Rentfluencer.

Brushed Nickel Cup Pulls on Kitchen Drawers

Cup pulls on the kitchen drawers are a nod to cottage style but with a modern twist in the brushed nickel finish.

More photos after this Ad