How to decorate a kitchen on a budget

My galley kitchen in my new apartment is definitely an upgrade from my NYC kitchen but I wanted to give my generic white rental kitchen an upgrade and a little bit more personality with some color. I ’ve always wanted a blue kitchen so I added a touch of blue with a temporary DIY backsplash and you’ll see how I managed to also paint a feature wall blue without actually painting the wall using temporary wallpaper. Lighting is also very important so I’m going to show you how to install under cabinet lighting using IKEA LED lights for better task lighting at the counter. With these changes, and few more tweaks, I now really love my kitchen and actually like to spend time in it!


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Other sources for materials: CB2, IKEA


  1. Chinmayee

    Isabelle, you’re my hero! I love all your videos, and I keep watching them whenever I get a chance to. I’m going to the Bosch DIY Workbench in Bangalore this week. I’m hoping to make a headboard.
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store next!

    • Isabelle

      Thank you Chinmayee! That sounds like an amazing workshop, send me pics of your project, I would love to see it!

  2. Angela Sheppard

    Did the contact paper come off ok? was wondering if the paint dyes ran through the paper onto the wall/

    • Isabelle

      Hi Angela, I haven’t removed the wallpaper yet but when I do, I’ll make sure to share how it turned out!

  3. I have a very limited amount of storage in my kitchen. Any ideas? I am thinking of using a chest of drawers/dresser in the, small as well, dining room area. Help pleaseptic. Thank you

  4. OMG very usefful ideas, your imagination is amazing, very nice ideas, and easy to do. Thanks for sharing. Where can I get the paper that you put in the wall? Regards.

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