Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Apartment Renovation Reveal: Part One

After much ado, here is the reveal of the apartment Mom and I renovated! We are so thrilled at how it turned out, and we’ve already had a number of people inquire about renting it. A reminder of what it looked like before we started the renovation is here. A special thank you to my baby brother, William, for taking all of these photos. Check out more about his photography below!
First, the kitchen. As I’ve said before, this kitchen is super tiny, so it was definitely a challenge trying to make it feel larger. We took the doors off the upper cabinets and painted the whole area white and spray painted the drawer and cabinet hardware. You can see the "in between" photos of the kitchen here. We then replaced the light fixtures to update the look, and added a window treatment for a pop of color. 
My favorite element of the kitchen is the white and blue striped wallpaper that we used for the back of the shelves. This awesome wallpaper from Target’s Devine Color line was so easy to apply. It definitely wakes up the kitchen!

Since this is a fully furnished apartment, we chose the colors of the pots and dishes to complement the blue of the stripes. 

Next, the entryway. We polished the laminate flooring and found an awesome rug for $5.00 from the Salvation Army. Mom discovered the pantry/wardrobe cupboard at the Humane Society thrift store, and it fits perfectly behind the door. The green picnic basket at the top is just a funky accessory we thought would be a fun way to tie in our green color. It was $2.00 at the Humane Society thrift store. 
Window treatments were added to both windows in the room, and the colors of the valances tie in with the calming, gender neutral colors used throughout the apartment. Thankfully, this Waverly fabric was purchased at JoAnn's for 50% off. 

Always check for fabric sales...this is often where you'll spend a lot of money! We replaced all light fixtures in the space to make it more modern and new. 
One of my favorite pieces of furniture is the gold tray table that we used as an entryway table. This beauty was purchased for a mere $14.00 at our local Salvation Army store, and I spray painted the glass with Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint to give it more of an antique, mercury glass finish. It turned out so pretty that I almost kept it for myself!
The key to making any small space feel larger is to have lots of light. We used ample amounts of mirrors so that the many lamps we had around the space would bounce off the reflective surfaces and create more light. The light colors coupled with the ample lighting makes each room feel large and welcoming. 

The dining room table and chairs were found in the shed behind the apartment. We spray painted them in different shades of blue, and covered them using fabric from a table cloth we picked up for $10 at TJ Maxx. Although the chairs are different shapes and shades of blue, it all goes together so well because they're in the same color family.
We found an amazing upholsterer who slipcovered a thrift store chair in sailcloth fabric for $50! We were so thrilled that she did both a great job and was inexpensive! We definitely plan to use her for future projects. 
The blue and white couch was a $50 purchase, and the side tables (painted white and then the glass tops were sprayed with Krylon Looking Glass for a more reflective effect) were $10 each. 
The sisal rug was one I used in college, and it was in perfect shape. It definitely helped create the coastal, laid-back vibe we were going for. This material will be durable and long-lasting through a number of renters. 
The lamps were $30 and perfectly matched our color scheme. Such a lucky find at the Humane Society thrift store! The TV console is one I used in my graduate school apartment that was purchased for $90.00 at a local church thrift store. We just removed the top cabinet doors and fitted it with mirrored glass shelves. 
The photographs above the couch are my favorite creative touch to the apartment. My little brother, William, is an amazing photographer and volunteered to print and frame some of his best shots for us to use. He found all of the frames and matting at Hobby Lobby. These fit with our coastal vibe, and are so incredibly gorgeous! It really adds a special touch to the apartment to have scenes of beautiful water and sunset scenes. 
He’s in the process of setting up a website where his photographs can be viewed and purchased, so when that’s all finished, I’ll be sure to share the link with y’all so you can check it out. 
That’s all I’ll be sharing today, so make sure to check back later for updates on the other rooms! 
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  1. INCREDIBLE! Sadie, you, Deb & William outdid yourselves with this apartment. These renters will be some lucky folks. So proud of you and all of your hard work. It definitely paid off! -B

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