Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mother-In-Law Apartment

I'm so excited to reveal my first full before-and-after!

Over the last couple months, I've been helping one of my oldest friends, PJ, revamp her mother-in-law apartment  (which basically means her studio apartment that's attached to the house of the family she nanny's for.

Without further ado, here are some before's and afters!

Here's the wall adjacent to the front door.
PJ had an old hand me down couch that she rarely used, so she sold it off and moved her wardrobe and dresser to this long wall.

PJ and I painted this little cart that she already had in a bright peacock blue to hold some shoes and purses and anything she wants to throw down as she's in and out the front door.  The color is Empress Teal by Behr.
This navy lamp base was found at Goodwill for a few bucks, as was that tray that we spray painted gold.
The lampshade was picked up at Target for $20.  Perfect match!  The paper lanterns were already PJ's.

Moving along clockwise, we hit a narrow wall adjacent to her kitchen.

Previously, PJ had her wardrobe shimmied in there, along with another dresser that she didn't really use (family hand me down).  She passed along the dresser and moved the wardrobe to the area shown above, leaving room for a TV stand that could be easily seen from her bed.

We found this TV stand at Goodwill for only $10!  Unfortunately I forgot to take any before photos, but you can image it!  Typical 80's brown laminate furniture that we all grew up with!

Funny enough, when we went to pick out paint and door knobs, PJ picked out the exact same paint and knobs that I used on my turquoise dresser, seen here!

The sunburst mirror was gifted to her from a friend.  We still have plans to paint it gold to match other elements in the room, but it's looking pretty great as-is!

Moving along, we come to a view of her kitchen!  The main requirement here was wanting to block off the view at night, when PJ just wants to relax and not stare at her kitchen!

These curtains were already on hand, from Ikea.  PJ also had the Dignitet Curtain Wire on hand, which took us a couple decorating sessions and bring in our men to get hung up!  But now she has a wall of curtains to pull closed at night!

Now it's time for the main event, the bed and adjacent wall!

Disclaimer:  I'm a horrible photographer, especially at night with no natural light!  Forgive the bad quality of the upcoming photos!



This ottoman was found out of sheer luck!  Her and I were hunting for a good option, and it turns out that her parents had just what we were looking for!  For free!
Once more, the before and after:

Moving along again, we turn to her new wall-mounted table!

I like to think of this wall as a cute little cafe area!

The table is a Norberg wall mounted unit from Ikea!

The table folds up onto the wall when not in use!  It's a space saver!

The inspiration from the very beginning was this peacock wing thingy I found in her room.  It's a halloween costume, but I immediately thought it was the perfect palette for her.  We both love peacock colors and we both love blue and purple, so it was meant to be!

Total breakdown for this makeover:
(Anything not listed was already PJ's)

Navy Lamp: $2
Lamp Shade: $20
Gold Tray: $3
Gold Spray Paint (already on hand): $0
Turquoise Paint: $3 (Used a sample size)
Hummingbird Paint: $11
Crystal Knobs: $6
Ottoman: Free from her parents
Surburst Mirror: Free from a friend
Navy Curtains: $40
Gold Mirror: $40
Lack Wall Shelves: Free from a friend
Wall Table: $40
Succulents: $9 (there were three, but one broke)
Basket on Shelf: $10

Total: $174

Not bad for a complete overhall!  A lot of PJ's items got reused, and a the major impact on the space was getting rid of unused clutter!  I'm very excited!!  What do you think of PJ's new digs?

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