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It can be hard to figure out how to make a plain rental kitchen feel welcoming—especially on a tight budget. KC Cibran (@thecasaverde) knows the struggle. She lives in a pre-war rental apartment in New York City, where the appliances are “ancient” and the kitchen “looked old and dingy when I first moved in,” KC says. “I really didn’t like the overwhelming white and dreaded cooking in there.”
But she couldn’t afford to go all-out on decor. “I’m on an assistant’s salary in New York City so almost everything in my apartment is very low budget!” KC says. So in redoing her apartment’s kitchen, she challenged herself to stay under $100 for the whole thing and use items she already owned whenever possible. “My main goal was to just put my