Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cardboard Box Heaven to Cozy Living Room

Quick explanation for our absence: We're in college and it's midterm time :(

Allison has been dating this wonderful guy for a little over a year and a half now. He lives in an apartment not too far away from me and always begs me to come over. However, I don’t like his apartment. It’s dark and boyish and there used to be no cable TV! His living room was especially horrific!

A few before photos...

Notice the black velvet sofas, coordinating pillows, glittery holiday garland, empty cardboard boxes, lack of decor,  and mismatched curtains (it's hard to tell that they don't match in this photo).

EEEK EEEK EEEK! Chelsea and I convinced him to let us redo his apartment on a budget of course! For about $100 of supplies and a small payment ($15 for each of us) to us for driving and putting it all together…

After the makeover...

We got these as a set at Kirkland's for $9.97! Didn't like the color so we sprayed them ORB.

 Those are DIY candle holders too!
Canvas drop cloth curtains replaced the striped ones that didn't match.
 Allison sewed these pillow covers. Fabric came from Jo-Ann's. Was all on clearance :)
 Curtains to cover up the boxes they refused to part with.
We made our own wall art by taking photos on campus to spell out our school's name.
 Those are silk place mats from Dollar Tree. BAD idea for two guys. They don't look that great anymore :/
 This used to be a mirror. It broke but we kept the frame and turned it into a bulletin board. 

Now that he has a more inviting living room, maybe I’ll come over more and watch cable TV! 

We've missed you,
Chelsea & Allison

We're partying at:
Brambleberry Cottage
House of Hepworth
Katie's Nesting Spot
Life as Lori
Paisley Passions
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Somewhat Simple
Beyond the Picket Fence
Seven Thirty Three
Finding Fabulous
Mommas Kinda Crafty


  1. Hi! I am a new follower from Thursday's blog hops. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

  2. What a great transformation! Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Party.

  3. Goes to show how EVERYTHING benefits from the female touch. LOL

    Great job, you two! Now what do the guys think? ;)

    So glad your back! Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing what you link up next week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage