As of October 27th, I’m officially leaving the nest — hopefully for good this time! It’s both exciting and scary. Scary, because I’ll be living on my own for the very first time, and I’m not sure how I’ll handle it (who will kill spiders for me? who will remind me to take out the trash?!) But it’s also really exciting because I get to do things my way for once.
Since before high school, I had a plan for what my future home would look like. And now that I face an empty, blank canvas, I don’t have to worry about anybody else’s input but my own!
But living on one’s own also comes at a price. Considering I don’t have anybody to split the bills with, my dream apartment has to have some constraints. So, I turned to Pinterest to find some inexpensive, brilliant DIY projects that will make my new house box a home!
1. Easy wall color
Have you guys seen this genius picture yet? This type of “painting” is made for apartment-dwellers like myself. Most of the time, painting an apartment’s walls is off limits, and if not, it’s a hassle to have to repaint the walls white at the end of your lease. By stealing a handful of paint swatches, you can easily add (temporary) color to your walls!
2. Fake a headboard
I don’t even have a bed-frame, so this little trick would really make my sleeping nook into a real bedroom (and not just a room with a mattress). Take the fabric of your choice, iron it extremely well, and draw on the pattern of your headboard — making sure it’s as wide as your bed is. Once you cut your shape out, spray liberally with a fabric stiffener (like Stiffen Stuff) and let it sit for about 24 hours. Then all you have to do is iron it to the wall! It’s completely removable, super easy to do, and only costs around $10! Read more details here.
3. Put chalkboard paint on… everything
I love chalkboard paint. LOVE IT. But since painting the walls of my apartment is off limits, I need to find some other ways to incorporate it. I’m thinking of getting old mirrors from Goodwill and coating them in the stuff, and then hanging them around for my friends to draw on. Or painting an old wooden coffee table, or maybe even a dining table. Or the bottoms of cups, or cupboards, or place-mats. Constant sneezing from chalk dust is so worth it.
4. Drawer-knob coat rack
I used to live next to this big antique market, and they always sold the coolest little drawer handles. I bought so many, and never had anything to do with them. Until now. All you need for this is a piece of wood, some paint to make it pretty, a drill, and some mismatched knobs — you can find these most anywhere, but if you really feel like splurging, Anthropologie always has cute ones! Here’s a more detailed tutorial!
This is easy to do, even from a non-sewer’s point of view. Welcome to Heardmont’s Meredith Heard does a better job at explaining the process than I could, but all you really need is a pair of old bedsheets and a sewing kit. You sew a hem into the sheets to make the edges look more professional, and then you can use leftover fabric to create loops for the rod to go through. I know I have a couple sets of sheets that are light enough to make nice curtains (sorry, mom!), and I’m delighted that I won’t have to spend $30 on curtains.
This is just a few of the ideas I’m stashing away until my move-in date arrives.
Do you Lovelies have any other home DIY projects? Or advice for living on your own? Please share!