This Couple Dramatically DIY'd Their Tiny Rental Kitchen & Now It's Awesome

This Couple Dramatically DIY'd Their Tiny Rental Kitchen & Now It's Awesome

Dabney Frake
Jun 9, 2018

Courtney Duffey has lived in her micro New York apartment for a couple of years now. Together with her carpenter boyfriend, she's DIY'd much of 225-square-foot space to make it more livable and homey. The kitchen is teeny tiny, but some of the most mighty changes happened in that one small area.

Duffey got permission from the landlord to make improvements, and received credit for their rent in exchange for the work.


Duffey and Sterry installed vinyl peel and stick tiles from Mirth Studio on the floor. It was a cosmetic versus functional splurge, but they add a major splash of color and pattern that was well worth the expense.


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A new wood surface (made by Sterry from an old dining room table) replaced the old laminate countertop and gave them valuable extra inches of prep space.


Probably the coolest addition is the pull-out toe kick drawer they installed under the bottom cabinets, which added a whole new place to store kitchen necessities.


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They ripped out cheap melamine cabinets and installed open shelving instead. The wood helps warm up the space, and having all their stuff in plain sight forces the couple to stay neat and tidy.

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Hardware: New pulls from Anthropologie were a small financial investment, but make a large impact on the kitchen's style.

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To see the rest of the 225-square-foot apartment, head over to Curbed for lots more photos and information.

Re-edited from a post originally published 10/10/2016.

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