I live in a city that has really high rental rates, even in bad parts of the city. I totally lucked out 6 years ago and got a good apartment in one of the the best parts of town for a really good price. This apartment has seen me through a university degree, a personal training diploma, a horrible breakup, girl parties, good times, bad times, living alone, with others, a puppy and a kitty. I have a love-hate relationship with this apartment. Its too small, its old, and has some problems. That being said, I have no plans to move. So what is one to do? De-decorate!
Over the years my apartment has seen many transformations and now it is all finally coming together in a style I truly love. As I finish some other rooms, I will share them too! Today though, I am simply sharing a wall. A wall, which makes me happy every time I look at it now. A wall which has changed the whole mood of the apartment and has set the stage for things to come.
I also wanted to share this particular wall to let you know how affordable it was to re-decorate. All the pieces on the wall were thrifted and the paint cost $15, which makes me even prouder of my little wall.
While most of my apartment is outfitted in mid-century modern style, this wall has a very 1950s feminine style to it, which reflects one side of my personality and taste. Opposite of this wall is another, bigger wall which is covered in photos of Bettie Page, pinup girls, vintage ads, chalkware fish, etc. Having a sweet and simple wall contrast with a very busy wall, in a way that meshes pleases me.
Here is a break down of the cost to do this wall:
I found the beautiful gold mirror at a garage sale for $10!! You really just got to keep looking and you will find great pieces like this.
The three crotchet pictures cost $11 all together. I found them at goodwill – it looked like someone had just cleared a bunch out because there were quite a few of them. I go to my local thrift stores quite often, which is what you need to do in order to find gems!
The two golden floral hangings I found at Value Village. I looked them up and they are from the 60’s – a total score. They cost me $6.
I got a one liter can of mint paint from the hardware store for $15
So in total, this project cost me: $42
I also purchased the phone/chair stand pictured a while back for probably $8-10 and reupholstered it with the leopard fabric, which I got at the bargain section of the fabric store.
If you look hard enough and give yourself the time to hunt and be patient until you find the right pieces, you do not need to spend a ton to decorate.
My bedroom, because it is a much bigger space cost more, but still an appropriate amount relative to its size. I’m hoping to finish it up soon to share with you all as well.
What do you guys think?! I am so pleased with myself 😉