My sister and I have been sharing an apartment for about 4 years with very little renovation.. Recently, her fiance had some financial trouble and eventually moved in with us to save money. A few months later, my boyfriend lost his house and had to move in too.. this apartment was never big enough for four people, and needless to say, after a few months the clutter was driving us all crazy! So after my bf finally moved out, I decided we needed to reclaim the apartment.. I thought redecorating one of the rooms would make us all remember that we actually live in a nice place (when it's clean hehe).
ok, I'll stop talking.. here are the before pics:
before.. note the clutter and boringness..
some lovely nail holes from a towel rack that fell out of the wall a few years ago.. yes, we actually stared at those holes in the wall for multiple years
a cheap fake iron thingy I bought at michaels..
I never actually noticed how bent our shower rod is until I saw this picture
ok so the after! I set a budget of $50 for myself for paint and materials.. yeah, I spent $180
I get so inspired by all of the really low-cost projects I see here, I dunno, something went wrong.. I don't really have that many craft supplies yet, so I blame set up.. I had to buy all of the painting supplies (I thought my sister still had that stuff laying around) and the grommet set alone was $35.. which is ok, because I'm making that coffee sleeve from Urban Threads next
(the smudges on the door frame were actually there before we moved in and we couldn't get them off unfortunately).
To try to save money, I used a lot of free/donated/revamped stuff for the walls.. I spray painted the old iron thing we had on the wall before.. I bought a bag of fried soy beans from a japanese market a few weeks ago, and I thought the bag was so funny, I put it on the wall.. you can't tell because I had to crop it, but he had like 30 mini tripped out fried soybean minions swarming around him originally
My sister majored in fine arts in college, and she made this trivet in ceramics.. unfortunately, the base fell off at some point, so it was basically a really heavy tile after that.. I tried to caulk it to her storage door, we'll see if it stays.. I noticed it slipped a little overnight, so I may have to take it off and try something else..
I wish I could say I made these, but they were a gift.. they cover up the nail hole, and luckily the open door pretty much covers them up.. too kitschy? I dunno, I kind of love them
I looked everywhere for a shower curtain that I actually liked.. I knew from the beginning I wanted to do dark blue walls and lots of colorful citrusy accents.. finally, I caved, and even though I'm not a very good seamstress (this is only my second solo project) I decided to just make a fabric shower curtain and put a clear liner on the other side to protect it from mold and such..
Basically the hardest part was just dealing with all of those yards of fabric.. it completely engulfed my little 60's sewing machine!
Close up of the two prints.. I love the lemon fabric so much, it really brightens up the room!
the grommets.. my sister's fiance really helped with this project, but I didn't have the hand strength to work the grommet machine, so he put those on for me..
whew, now on to the rest of the house