When you're ballin' on a budget and your apartment needs some upgrades: DIY.
This is the first weekend in a while that I actually have no plans and I'm staying local. It's a little weird. So, I figured I could take this downtime to work on a couple DIY projects I've been hoarding on my pin board "new apartment decor & restoration."
I'm all about DIY projects that are easy, accessible (meaning you can pick up all items at a local thrift store/Goodwill/Michael's) and affordable. Here are some interior decor DIY's on my to-do list and as I check them off, I'm hoping to post step-by-steps on what I did!
1. Make unique shelving units
My bedroom and space above my TV are severely lacking in wall art. Instead of collaging photos and trinkets like I have above my couch, I want to create unique shelves like the ones below. I'm leaning towards the triangles because it will probably be a little simpler than the honeycomb, but we'll see.
2. Repurpose plant pottery
I have a newfound obsession for house plants. So far I have 5 plants indoors and none of them have died..yet (knock on wood!). I've never been much of a plant person so I'm still learning how to care for them and how to replant. I'm searching for unique pots that I can put all my countertop and floorplants in. Stay tuned to see how I'm arranging them!
3. REPURPOSE items for countertop storage
Another set of items I'm on the hunt for are trays and countertop storage. Everything looks better in a bowl or tray, so let's see if I can find some items and repurpose before I buy anything new. Pretty pumped for this. Below are some of my inspirations. I'm also working on a killer coffee station.
4. Create a map canvas
Since I'm constantly visiting new places, I really want to put an atlas on the wall with pinpoints of places I've visited. I tried this DIY before with a cork board cut out, but I'm looking to make something more stable and something I can move from apartment to apartment without paying $50 for a wall sticker that can't be removed... Here's sort of what I'm looking for:
5. Change UP interior lightning
This is probably the most challenging item on my list, because it requires a bit of electrical assistance, landlord approval and isn't as budget friendly. Since I'm renting, I can't do much to spruce up my old kitchen cabinets, but I can definitely switch out the horrid fluorescent lighting for something more modern. I love bright, natural light and since my kitchen has no windows, it will make a huge difference in the atmosphere. Currently debating on whether I should do track lightning or a pendant.
Now, to start DIYing!
Have you all had any success/failures with the projects above? Let me know!