So a little over a year ago I posted a blog post called My First Apartment! Since then, I haven’t done an update. So here it is!
(I apologize in advance for the not so great pictures, I was not expecting to do a before and after)
I finally was able to get my apartment to about 98% done. Because lets be honest, there’s always things I’m changing around and wanting to add. It took me so long because prior to my boyfriend and I moving in, a couple had been living there and the appearance of the apartment was far from my style. Not to mention, I decided to change what they had as their bedroom to our living room and switch what they had as their living room/dining room to our bedroom. It just made more sense.
I started with a fresh coat of paint on every single wall including the bathroom. I also added a striped accent wall in the living room, which again use to be their bedroom.
The accent wall I added (the edges still needed to be touched up)
After the fresh paint on all walls, the apartment already looked one hundred times better. It’s true what they say….paint really does wonders. After the paint came more paint…that is Rust-Oleum Tub And Tile Refinishing paint. Because I did not want to spend the money to get rid of the tiles in the bathroom, I decided to paint all the tiles white. A great quick fix for ugly outdated tiles.
The bathroom before regular paint & fresh paint on the tiles
The bathroom after paint etc.
The bedroom was the room that was done the fastest. After the paint, I just added some basic furniture and minimal decor pieces. Where they had their dining room set up, I changed it into a small “office like” area for my blogging/YouTube.
The before of their living room aka our new bedroom
The after of where they had the TV
The after of where they had their dining room set
I did decorate a little more in this area because again this is my work desk/beauty area etc.
Before I get to my favorite room in the apartment lets talk about the kitchen. The kitchen was actually my last project because I had originally thought it was going to be redone so I didn’t want to begin decorating or fixing it. It worked out where the renovations could not be done so I kept it pretty simple. Again fresh paint on all the walls and cabinets. I also changed out the old cabinet knobs for new shiny silver ones. I then added a temporary backslash to cover the outdated one and finished it off with some rustic elements. I also added a bar top (that I DIYed) and some bar stools from target. The kitchen is a decent size for an apartment but I wanted to add even more room. I did that by creating the bar top instead of the traditional table and chairs option.
The kitchen before
The kitchen after (the bar top and stools)
The temporary backsplash
My living room was my favorite room to decorate and is still my favorite room in my apartment. I wanted it to be cozy but modern. I again added the accent wall for that modern edge. The accent wall is a light grey and white. That was my theme for the rest of the room: different tones of grays, silvers and small pops of navy and purple. The accent wall called for some more attention. I added a beautiful mirror I found at Home Goods, which also slightly opened up the room. Then a mirrored table from Target. I decorated the table with some picture frames and items I found at places like Target, Marshalls and Home Goods. I also added a white throw rug and accent pillows on the couch to make it cozy.
The before of what was their bedroom and what is now my living room
The after of the same angle/wall
The full living room
When I first came to see this apartment it wasn’t what I was looking for but with a little inspiration and motivation (and lots of paint) I was able to really fall in love with the space. I hope it can bring a little inspiration to someone else.
For links and the full apartment tour video click HERE