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Topic: how to: jazz up your kitchen cabinets & still get your secrurity deposit back  (Read 12474 times)
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« on: February 05, 2006 08:06:03 PM »

About a month ago, I found some poor sucker to take over my lease at a "luxury student living complex" and moved into an apartment I can actually afford. The rent is half the price of the other place (for the same square footage), but the building is a little "dated" (euphamism for ugly). One night I was lying in bed wide awake listening to my then-boyfriend snore and contemplating my horrendous kitchen cabinets. I had considered contact paper, but my mother warned that it would leave the cabinets a sticky mess. I considered covering them with fabric but figured it would just make them uglier. And then! A stroke of genius. My cabinets would be cute, and I'd still get my security deposit back!
Here's what I did:
I measured the length and width of each door, plus 4 inches as an allowance for securing them on the inside of the door.
They are secured with some 3M Velcro-like strips, like so:
At first I was going to use 3M picture hanging strips, but I was going to end up spending a fortune. Then I found the velcro strips. Two 4"x1" inch strips per pack; I cut them to size to fit the width of the ribbon.
The total cost of the project was $10  ($5 for many yards of ribbon, $5 for 2 packs of the velcro strips) and about an hour of my time.
The velcro attatched to the cabinets should come off pretty cleanly when I move out, and if not, it's on the inside of the cabinet so it shouldn't matter.
I kind of wish I had stuck to just the striped ribbon and one solid color, but overall I'm pretty pleased with the result. And I don't notice the ugliness so much.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2006 08:10:33 PM »

right on! im moving to a new place (rented) in a week and  half and its definately "dated" so im looking for fun easy ideas that will not be damaging.. i like this!!! thanks for this awesome idea... i will have to see what i can cover in ribbon... ceilings, walls, cupboards.... yeha for new house!
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2006 01:43:03 PM »

wow this is brilliant. i hate my kitchen, so i totally understand you Smiley at first i thought it's duct tape:)

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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2006 04:49:03 PM »

That's brilliant!  So simple but it totally changes the look of the place.

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2006 08:00:26 PM »

Very cute. I love ingenious ways that will enable you to still get your deposit back.

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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2006 08:53:44 PM »

That is GREAT! Smart as a nipple, you are!
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2006 12:03:30 AM »

What a smart - easy idea. I'm totally going to do this!

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2006 11:30:05 PM »

i absolutely lurve it.  i've been cursed with off white cabinets in my otherwise white kitchen with a black and white pirate theme.  it still won't cover up the awfull off whiteness, but it gives me something to think about.
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2006 09:37:51 AM »

i love this idea!

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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2006 03:50:50 PM »

You are brilliant.  Smiley
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