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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  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.

  5. Loreto Veraguas

    Thanks for the nice video.
    I would like to know, where is the “modern art” painting from? I love it.

  6. Audrey Malone

    Hi Isabelle,

    I love your website and YouTube channel! Quick question do you think the wall paper could be used for apartment kitchen cabinets ? They are hideous dar brown color and my walls are textured so I think this is my only option.

    Thank you!!


    • Isabelle LaRue

      Thanks so much Audrey 🙂 Since most kitchen cabinets are glossy, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, especially if the doors are flat and don’t have any details on them. Good luck! Isabelle

  7. Roxane

    Do you think contact paper would work the same as the removable wallpaper you put up in the kitchen? I just love your ideas, your a genius!

    • Isabelle LaRue

      I’ve never tried but I think so – the only thing with contact paper is that it’s very thin. I would test it out in a small area first to see how it looks.

  8. Pippa

    I was thinking of using fabric like you did for above the stove and small wall area, but didn’t know how to secure it. The molding idea was very helpful. I wanted to use plexiglass instead of glass. Do you think that would work? Thanks! Great ideas…

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Glad my idea was helpful! I don’t recommend plexiglass…the safest thing to use is tempered glass, especially with a gas stove.

  9. Suhana Morgan

    Thank you for the ideas for the kitchen decor. I positively like the idea to consider your needs and goals for a kitchen decoration. That helps you set a budget and design your idea around that budget. I like your video and that was great.

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