Summer Rental Redesign

Every summer we move into an apartment with little more than blank walls, rental furniture and the few items we bring along.  We spend 4 months in a place that never feels quite like home.  In an effort to a) make this place a little more homey b) give me something to do and c) allow me to get creative and decorate again, I am going to be doing a $200 summer rental redesign challenge.

Here's my plan:  I am going to take $200 and do as much as I can to this apartment.  I'll be refinishing furniture, sewing and DIY-ing lots of little projects and blogging the projects these next few months.  Then at the end of the summer, I plan to sell the things I have bought back for at least what I paid for them originally (and hopefully for more than I paid).  I'll be hitting lots of thrift stores, Craigslist (though apparently people in Chicago think their junk is worth a lot.  I can't seem to find anything on there for under $50!) and yard sales.

I'll be focusing mainly on the living room and the bedroom since that is where we spend the most time, but I hope to do a little something to the dining area and the guest room.  This really will be a challenge since we have less rental furniture than usual.  I'll need to get several major items.

  • End tables for the living room (we have one but I don't like it)
  • Nightstands for the bedroom
  • Lamps for the living room and the bedroom (we have a lamp in the living room, but again, I don't like it)
  • Headboard
  • Desk

The rest of the money will go to wall art, fabric, decorations, accessories, etc.

I am so excited to start on this project!  I have been dying to redecorate my house, but since we just finally finished all of the rooms and since we won't be there too much longer, it just wouldn't make much sense.  So here's my chance to play with different color schemes, patterns, etc.

I am off to a bit of a head start.  I went to Home Fabrics back home since they were having an amazing sale.  Select home decorator fabrics were $3 a yard, but on the day I went they were a dollar off.  So I ended up picking several different fabrics for $2 a yard.  Home decorator fabrics for $2!!!  Here is a sneak peek of the living room fabrics (and of the boring rental couch).

And here are the living room lamps I picked up at a yard sale for $10 a piece.  A little pricey for my budget, so I'll have to be careful with the rest of the money though.  I'll be spray painting these since they're in pretty rough condition!

Want to play along?  Set yourself a budget and makeover a room in your own house!  You could give it a fresh summer look without making any major changes.  I would love to see what someone else does with a minimal budget and lots of creativity! 

Can't wait to get started!

7 thoughts on “Summer Rental Redesign

  1. Diana Smith

    I love Home Fabrics. I can't believe I missed that $2.00 a yard sale! Darn. It looks like you got some great fabrics though. I am excited to see what you do with them.

  2. Barratt Family

    I love your blog its one of my favorites to look at! I can't wait to see what you come up with! you are so creative and have great style!

  3. Sara McArthur

    This is seriously like the cutest idea EVER! You should have a show on HGTV just for all the PInnacle wives to get inspired about... I wish I could do this too but I am selling this summer and don't think I will have the time/energy to decorate... I will be however, pulling from your ideas for my re-decorate of our basement entertainment room and guest room for when we get home!!! KEEP THE IDEAS coming...can't wait to see what you do with the headboard!!!
    PS: I need to learn to sew AHHH !!!

  4. Ashley

    Ohh exciting! We're moving into a rental this summer and I'll be doing the same thing. Can't wait to see what ideas you come up with!

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