High Heeled Foot in the Door – An apartment makeover

I love this DIY project from
High Heeled Foot in the Door.
It’s so fun. Here is her post:

From Camila: This project was a bit different than most. First off I was dealing with 3 clients and one of them was my sister.

The girls have already been living in the apt for over a year and finally decided to reach out for help to take it from college dorm to ladies in the city.

Since they are all still relativity new in their careers living in a very expensive city – my budget was small, which meant I had to be creative and use many DIY projects to get my look accomplished.

I hope you all enjoy it. I had a great time putting it all together.

Before shot of living area:


After shot of living area:

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Due to our budget, the furniture had to stay. The ottoman got a whole new look with my little touch of animal print. This time around I went with leopard!

With the help of my mom I also decided to make the curtains myself to keep costs down.


The fabric was my steal from a designer warehouse sale. Only $5 for all that fabric. The bird print on it was a big hit! Plus it had a little touch of pink in one of the birds that I carried throughout the rest of the room.

The living area is on the small size so we went with a simple gallery wall with a large mirror to keep the wall uncluttered.


Everything on the gallery wall was a thrift store find. The biggest hit had to be the mirror and my vintage scrabble letters that I framed with the girls’ names and Chelsea, New York.

Originally I was going to get vintage postcards for artwork, but due to time constraints I went a different route and mounted vintage subway maps instead. It was a super inexpensive project!

DSC_0238The french doors also got a dose of burlap for added texture and cover up the lining of the existing curtains.

Before shot of opposite wall:


After shot:


This has to one of my favorite parts of the room. We added chalkboard paint to the fronts of storage cabinets. This made a huge difference! The girls are excited to start jotting notes down on it plus the black just helps everything pop!

Flanking the cabinets were stools that I found curbside on trash day. The striped fabric added another dose of pattern and extra seating for the small area.

Before shot of stools:

The artwork on the walls along with the mirrors are all thrift store finds!



Before shot of dining area:


My biggest design challenge was the dining area. Dining sets are expensive and craigslist was not my friend this time around. I couldn’t find a thing. All of the dining room chairs were already on the way out so they headed for the trash. The matching table (not pictured above) was still in good shape, just not appealing to the eye.

Enter some amazingly chic fabric with another dose of pattern and some Oops paint that was a dream come true and we have a dining area that I am completely jealous of.


Ah I just love the dose of girly glam with the pink table!

The chairs were also hard to find, but I came up with a fab DIY project that took $6 chairs from blah to stylishly chic!

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The girls needed storage below the TV. The old piece they had completely screamed college! I didn’t have much left in the budget, but lucky for me that IKEA was having a massive Columbus Day sale so my $100 table was on sale for $29.


It was too wide and tall so Jon came to the rescue and cut it size. We painted the top and skirted the bottom to hide all the cables. Voila they now have a server and I was even able to prop it with an original piece of artwork from one of the girls mom and some stylish books as well.

These lovely ladies also have a very long and narrow hallway. I used a little bit of my budget to spruce it up!


Click here for a tutorial for the cute kitchen (folding) chairs.

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Thanks Camila for sharing your beautiful makeover! The apartment looks super on a $350 budget! I can imagine they love their new space. It looks fantastic! Great job!

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