If you’re a renter New Cabinet, it can be hard to love the kitchen you’re dealt. It’s also hard to justify sinking money into a renovation. However, there can be a balance. For a budget of about $1,500, designer and stylist Peter Dolkas spruced up his kitchen so that it flowed with the rest of his home, reflected his personal style and welcomed his guests to come on in, fix their own drinks and hang out for a while. “Everyone always winds up hanging out in the kitchen, so it’s nice to use the kinds of things you’d use in the other living spaces in here,” he says. “It makes it more inviting.” "Photos New Cabinet by Joyce Lee
Instead of fighting it, at first the designer used his stylist’s eye to just go with the existing kitchen. He lived with it for a while, but he was champing at the bit to make it reflect his own personal style.
The first order of business was painting the cabinets. We highly recommend getting your landlord’s approval before trying this at home, but Dolkas skipped asking for permission because he sensed some fear and hesitation. However, he was confident he’d be able to beg for forgiveness New Cabinet afterward instead. “She had seen the rest of my apartment and liked the style, so I just kind of surprised her with it,” he says. (By the way, she’s seen it, and she thinks it looks great.)
Dolkas picked up the brackets for the shelves at Rejuvenation and ordered the glass online. Then he put his skills to work, mixing everyday china and glassware with more New Cabinet personal items. “My grandmother downsized recently, so I inherited a lot of her treasures,” he says. Her colorful plate and small silver bud vase are a lovely part of the display.
Lighting, rugs and accessories were some of the items Dolkas had in mind when he talked about styling a kitchen more like other living spaces. His flair for eclectic style helped him see where he could use some elements that were unconventional in a kitchen setting. For example, he New Cabinet hung this mirror fashioned with a vintage frame. It reflects the light coming in from the windows and adds a unique patina to the room.Peter Dolkas3The range is in an alcove perpendicular to the sink. Dolkas fashioned a $15 towel bar from Ikea with hooks to transform it into a pot rack over the range.
These cabinets are right across from the range in the alcove; the New Cabinet refrigerator is just out of view on the right side of the photo. “It’s important to keep the path through the work triangle clear, so I put the coffee station out of the way over here,” Dolkas says."