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Pretty Kitchen Updates

I am so excited to share a few of the small kitchen updates we have done over the past month that have made a huge difference. As more time has gone by, we realized we will most likely be in this apartment for a while. We are not in the position to buy a home in the Bay Area anytime soon and as I searched online for an apartment with more space, just about everything in this area was out of our price range.

I also can’t imagine leaving right now. We have poured so much into this space over the past two and a half years, which has really made it feel like our home. We do live in a rental, so I constantly get questions about how we are able to make updates and why we spend money on a place we will ultimately leave. Essentially, we have very flexible landlords and everything we have done is an update to their space that we are paying for. If something is broken we fix it, so we don’t ever ask them for anything. I know everyone has a different relationship with their landlord, but painting the space a neutral color, installing a new sink or lighting is all ultimately allowing them to rent the place for more when you leave – at least around here.

I have touched on this in an older blog post, but spending money on a place we live has never seemed counterintuitive to me. We have done a lot of work to the apartment, but there is definitely a fine line of what we are willing to put into it. I want to enjoy it while I live here and there were still a few updates I wanted to make in the kitchen. We were able to do this very affordably and it honestly feels like a new space.

It all started with a broken faucet. As I was looking for a new one I realized we could probably change out the sink. The stainless steel sink had seen better days and was always such an eye sore. We have cheap countertops and the sink is drop in, not under mount so it doesn’t require too much work to take one out.

I had always wanted a large white kitchen sink, but didn’t want to spend the high price for something we wouldn’t take when we eventually move out. I found this acrylic option online which was the perfect solution. It is inexpensive and very lightweight making it easy to install. I went with a more traditional faucet style and I absolutely love how it instantly transformed the kitchen.

The open shelving came with the apartment, but has become one of my favorite aspects of the room. We also added a new lantern style ceiling light which was around $150. This is something we can take when we leave, but I still didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it.

Kitchen Details

{I’m Wearing: Ulla Johnson Dress}


Photos by Torrey Fox

  1. Emily

    April 29th, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    The updates you’ve made transformed the space! So worth the cost and time to love the space you’re in. Also- your styling is on point!

  2. Chrissy McDonald

    April 30th, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Thank you so much Emily!! Xx

  3. Lindsay

    April 29th, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Hi! Wondering what frame you used for the seasonal print? Thanks!

  4. Chrissy McDonald

    April 30th, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Hi Lindsay,

    Here is the link to the frame!

  5. Jamie

    April 29th, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Love what you’ve done to this space and your philosophy on a rental!

  6. Chrissy McDonald

    April 30th, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Thank you so much Jamie!!

  7. Brenda Davis

    April 29th, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I agree with you. I may have lived in apartments for a long time with my family but it was our home and therefore I wanted it to be a warm home. Watch the price on things but don’t be afraid to make it yours.

  8. Chrissy McDonald

    April 30th, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Totally agree Brenda! It is so worth it!

  9. kasey lee

    April 29th, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Where is the rug from? So beautiful!

  10. Chrissy McDonald

    April 30th, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Thanks Kasey! It is linked in the blog post – here it is! : )

  11. Christen

    April 30th, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Your home is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Chrissy McDonald

    April 30th, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you so much Christen!!

  13. Elena

    April 30th, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Did you paint? It’s so bright and soft 😍

  14. Chrissy McDonald

    April 30th, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Elena!

    We painted when we first moved in. The walls and ceiling are both Simply White by Benjamin Moore and the sun comes streaming in this room! Xx

  15. Anastasia

    May 2nd, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    While your apartment may be in Sausalito – it still wasn’t the magical apartment it is until you put your golden touch on it. This looks AMAZING! What other people would see as a useless/outdated kitchen, you’ve truly transformed into a charming, scroll-stopping space that is as functional as it is beautiful.

  16. Chrissy McDonald

    May 2nd, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    You are the absolute best! Thank you so much friend!!!

  17. Caitlin

    May 2nd, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Which size pepper mill do you have? Kitchen looks great!

  18. Chrissy McDonald

    May 3rd, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Thank you so much Caitlin! I have the 8″ Xx

  19. Kelli

    May 11th, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Looks gorgeous! Where did you find the tile for the floor?

  20. Chrissy McDonald

    May 12th, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Kelli,

    Thank you! That was actually here when we moved in.

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