Sunday, February 20, 2011

Extreme Budget Mini Makeover

Recently, my son and his my future daughter in law moved into thier first apartment. Saving for thier wedding and soon to arrive, baby Abbey, the budget left no room for decorating. I offered to do a mini makeover stretching the dollar to the limit. If you think you are too strapped financially to decorate, think again. We hope you will be inspired with some ideas we used to make an apartment a home. Enjoy....

The old lamp got a fresh coat of paint and the lamp shade was covered with fabric to go with our decor scheme. We used the Van Googh print as our color inspiration .

The old chairs were sanded, painted and cushions recovered with fresh fabric.

We went through Aaron's books, stored in our garage, and found some that matched our color scheme, taking off the dust covers.

The two pedestal vases, garage sale finds, became candle holders, first filled with dried black beans and votives resting on the beans.

The Van Gogh print was one I had from my school classroom decor and we purchased a poster print frame and glass at Michael's.

We replaced the dining room table that was not a good scale for the space with an Ikea table still at home that was Aaron's already.

Scented candles, the fireplace lit, chocolate covered strawberries, Samantha's favorite, crackers and jelly, and drinks made a warm welcome when Aaron and Sam arrived home last night for thier mini room makeover.

When in temporary spaces, don't put your life on hold just because you can not afford to do what you want at the time. Make the best of what you have. This apartment went from just a place to live to now, a place called "home".