My boyfriend used to have a very homely apartment with bare white walls. He had some posters, but they were beat up and didn’t do much to make it any more attractive. Is there anything more depressing than a mostly-empty apartment full of unattractive stuff?
His bedspread was an old pink comforter. In the living room we sat on an old worn-out loveseat. We didn’t have anywhere to eat really, because we didn’t have stools for the kitchen island. A couple of months into our relationship, we decided that the place needed redecorating. We didn’t have much of a budget though.
First, we decided to do something about those bare white walls. We used photos I’d taken of a local park. It was easy to have them blown up and then we put them in inexpensive picture frames we bought from Wal-Mart. The pictures look great, and also are meaningful for us.
We went to that park on our first date, so it’s super-special. We got another nature picture at IKEA and got a matching frame, and that was around $30. That’s all it took to finish the walls.
Then we needed to ditch that ugly pink comforter. We went to Wal-Mart and picked up a navy blue bed-in-a-bag for less than $100. The set had not just a comforter but also shams and dust ruffle, and now the bed is attractive and coordinated.
So easy! We couldn’t replace the ratty loveseat on our budget, but didn’t want to have to look at it. Instead we just got a slipcover from Target. Add a couple of throw pillows for a bit of visual interest, and now it looks amazing!
A new dining set wasn’t in the budget either, but some bar stools for the kitchen island were. We use that as the perfect little dining nook. Best of all, we did this together. We made the apartment cute, and very ours, without having to spend much money at all.