For a long time now, I’ve been telling you I’d share my apartment makeover. The thing is, as much as I love my apartment, it still feels temporary. I didn’t invest the way I would for a more long-term space, which will hopefully be my next step. Still, I’m obsessed with my living room update!
In keeping with a budget, here’s what I did:
Step 1 – Keep the Old: I stuck with my black couch, bookshelf, stools and old-ish TV (my dad is convinced I need a bigger one). Eventually, all of these will be first to go, but there was no point in getting rid of them now.
Step 2 – Brighten Up: I went with a light-colored rug (Wayfair always has great options on sale), transparent curtains and additional light-wood furniture. I got everything on either Amazon or in Ikea, just because again, if I don’t want them when I move out, I wasn’t wasteful.
Step 3 – Add New: The last two – and I think most transformative – steps to my living room updates were lighting and paint. I replaced my mundane apartment light with a ceiling fan, and I painted one wall light/bright pink. I also took a page from my digital-friend Grace (The Stripe), and painted the inside of my windowsills.
Step 4 – Decorate! Most of my stuff has been with me for at least two moves. Eventually, I’ll want to switch it all up. For now, at work, I printed out some colorful book covers to hang on the walls, along with my art collection and clock. I get this kind of stuff anywhere. I like HomeGoods and local shops/small brands – anything with a clean line – and love to mix it all up. I’m obsessed with coffee table books, some of which are out and others on display in my bedroom. Lastly, don’t have photos hanging in here, something that doesn’t thrill me, because I don’t live alone. Next place!
I think in total, the whole project was under $200. While it may not be my 100% ideal room, the combination of old and new means this makeover is definitely a success! If you’re looking to freshen up a space on a budget, I highly recommend a fresh coat of paint. One gallon costs around $30, and can easily coat a whole room!