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The kitchen wall paneling and cabinets got the same white paint makeover as the rest of the house; after painting the cabinet doors, however, she decided to take them off altogether (though she put them away and saved them for the next tenant). The open shelving allowed her to show off all her colorful pottery. To add some more color, Erin also redid the floors with green linoleum tile.

Like many a renter, Erin found herself stuck with tired old kitchen counters that bore the scars of years of other renters' abuse. Replacing the countertops was too pricey to be a real option, instead, she grabbed a can of counter paint from the hardware store, primed the surface, sanded lightly, and then painted on a brand new counter. >