Apartment Kitchen Reveal

Small and colorful apartment kitchen makeover | sincerelysweetpeablog.com | Check out how I turned a boring, builder-grade rental kitchen into something fun and full of character.

Welcome to the new Sincerely, Sweetpea y’all! This new website has truly been a labor of love, so I thought why not kick off this new website with a good ole room reveal. After moving into our apartment in Cincinnati, I decided that I wanted to tackle our kitchen first. Like many of you, we spend a lot of time in our kitchen, but the limited storage and lack of character made it dysfunctional and simply put, boring. (If you missed the plan and before photos, you can see it here.) Now, we have plenty of storage space and it’s not just a boring ole apartment kitchen anymore! Ready to take a look?

No reveal would be complete without a “before” photo, so here she is.

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Small apartment kitchen makeover before photosSmall apartment kitchen makeover with pops of pink

That huge, awkward, open space under our cabinets mocked me every time I walked into our kitchen. I knew that we would never use this as an eating area, so I decided to make a skirt for it. Now we have an area where we can hide things like the trash can, storage bins, and microwave which is so so nice in a small kitchen like ours.

DIY magnetic chalkboard command center in kitchen

This chalkboard was a last minute decision, but weirdly enough after I put it up, everything just seemed complete. Such a good feeling!

To hang it to the refrigerator, I stuck this adhesive magnetic tape to the back. So far, it’s held it up no problem!

Small apartment kitchen makeover

Adding a rug to this space was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did it ground the entire space, it made it cozier and more comfortable.

Remember that storage problem I told y’all about? Thanks to these open shelves, that is completely fixed now! Not only do I have extra storage now, I also have a space to display some of my favorite kitchen ware.

Originally, I had planned to hang two shelves on each wall, but we have plaster walls, so hanging anything is an absolute pain and we wanted to limit the amount of holes we put in the wall since this is a rental. And, let’s not forget this makeover was totally on a budget. Hanging two shelves on each wall would’ve doubled our bracket count and cost. No thank you.

And, if you missed the post on how I installed my totally removable, apartment friendly backsplash, you can see it here.

DIY open shelves in an apartment kitchen

I think the one thing that makes this kitchen “me” is all of the pops of pink! Makes my heart so happy!

Kitchen gallery wall made with family heirloom recipes

One of the biggest challenges of this kitchen makeover was that huge blank wall opposite the cabinets. I love adding personal, sentimental elements to a space, so I started asking around for old, worn family recipes and decided to frame them and create a gallery wall. Turns out, it’s just what that big, boring wall needed!

To y’all this may seem like just another room reveal, but to me it’s so much more than that. I’ve worked tirelessly on this new website for gosh, I don’t even know how long. There were many a nights I thought I would never finish it. It was a lot of work. But, this is also more than just a launch of my new website, this is the reveal of the first room I’ve completed in our first apartment as a married couple. Aahhh! After living with my mother-in-law for the first year of our marriage (which I’m completely and totally thankful for by the way), it is so incredibly rewarding to have a space of our own for me to decorate, to share with y’all, and for us to just live our lives together.

Anyway, thank y’all so much for hanging in there with me, I so much appreciate it!

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Wooden Cutting Board

Glass Canisters

White Backsplash Panels (c/o)

Shelf Brackets

Gold Dot Ice Bucket

Hand Soap | Dish Soap

All In Good Taste | The Year of Cozy | Good Housekeeping Smoothies

White FrameSmall White Frame | Gold Frame: Hobby Lobby

Clear Hobnail Glasses: Wal-Mart

Marble Cutting Board: TJ Maxx

Faux Ironstone Pitcher: Hobby Lobby

Pink Tea Set: Thrifted

Bamboo Tray: Hobby Lobby

Wooden Pineapple Dish: Thrifted

Brass Planter: Thrifted

White Tray: Michaels

Utensil Holder: Meijer

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Small and colorful apartment kitchen makeover | sincerelysweetpeablog.com | Check out how I turned a boring, builder-grade rental kitchen into something fun and full of character.



  1. May 19, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Congratulations on your kitchen and your new site! Your signature pink is perfectly at home here. 🙂

    • kalynabrams
      May 24, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much Stacey! I hope things are going well with your new house, all of the pictures look beautiful. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

  2. May 26, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Oh, it looks so great! I love everything you’ve done! The rug makes it so warm and cozy, the skirt hiding all that storage space was a brilliant idea too! I wonder, if you scooted the stove to the right to hide that gap where you can see the hoses, would you then have room to make a sliding spice rack on the left side of the stove? Here’s what I’m talking about: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AeN_sFGCk20nTD05-E1L8h0l8t934tO6Ru39-hdhjPkmLJnI6DcKK8o/ It would be super handy in a small space like yours too!


    • kalynabrams
      May 28, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Tania! Putting a pull out spice rack next to our stove is a great idea! That is such an awkward area, I can’t understand why they did that when they out the new cabinets in our kitchen. Thank you for the suggestion!

  3. May 26, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Great inspiration – we’ve lived in our apartment for a half a year (after selling our home with a much larger kitchen area) and I don’t think a day goes buy were I don’t think how much I hate trying to work in there. Some great inspiration here!

    • kalynabrams
      May 28, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Wow! Thank you so much Lynda! I definitely enjoy our kitchen way more now that I’ve finished it. If I had to pick the one thing that I added that made our kitchen feel more cozy and inviting it would be the rug. So, maybe give that a try for your own. And thank you again for your sweet words!

  4. May 31, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Looks very pretty! You did a great job!

    • kalynabrams
      May 31, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you so much Margo! That means the world to me!

  5. June 5, 2017 / 7:23 am

    Great job and love those pops of pink, too. What a nice feeling to walk into such a sweet space, and that pathos plant completes it all! Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday! great to meet you.

    • kalynabrams
      June 5, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Sara! You can never go wrong with pops of pink in my opinion lol! Great to meet you as well!

  6. June 9, 2017 / 4:32 am

    Hi Kalyn, I’m Featuring your beautiful kitchen makeover tonight at the What to do Weekends Party over @ Shoestring Elegance. Thanks so much for joining us! Congratulations! Come grab your Featured button!

  7. Wendy
    June 27, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    simply brilliant! Love all the pops of pink, the backslpash, the curtain to hide the opening, the gallery wall is so sweet.

    • kalynabrams
      June 28, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Wow! Thank you so so much Wendy! I think the gallery wall is one of my favorites too because it’s so sentimental.

  8. July 13, 2017 / 3:35 am

    Beautiful job on your kitchen. I totally agree the rug pulls it all together. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

    • kalynabrams
      July 13, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you so much Sharon!

  9. September 15, 2017 / 12:38 am

    Your kitchen looks great! I love the open shelves and the pink accents!

    • kalynabrams
      September 27, 2017 / 2:13 am

      Thank you so much Pamela!

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