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33 Gorgeous DIY Projects To Decorate Your Grown Up Apartment

Get ~inspired~.

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1. Use fabric medium and acrylic paint to turn a cheap remnant rug into a custom statement piece.

You can usually find remnant rugs at Home Depot or Lowe's, just ask for what they might have in stock. Learn how to paint the remnant here.


3. Modernize your childhood dresser (or an antique thrift find) with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

Here's how. If you don't have a convenient flea market near you, eBay actually has quite a few good finds. And if you don't want to buy new drawer pulls, you can spray paint the current ones metallic gold.

6. OR, dumpster-dive for an old door, and paint it a fun color.

Here's how they did it. You might consider skipping the door knob, though, so you don't accidentally slam your head against it when you wake up from a bad dream.


11. Warm up your entry way with an Anthropologie-like paper flower garland.

It's an inexpensive way to deal with that big, blank wall. Here's how you can make it, including the printable flower templates.


15. Or, if your small apartment can't fit a giant pallet-sized ottoman, make one out of an old cable spool.

Here's how. To find a big spool, try calling up a local commercial electrician, who might have one that you can pick up.

17. Mount a cool shower curtain on a basic wood frame for a wall-sized statement.

See how to do it here. The hardware store will usually cut wood to size for you, so all you have to do is nail it together.


21. Hot glue paint chips to the inside of a poster frame for a dry erase calendar that actually matches your kitchen towels.

To get the pretty background, you'll also need a neutral fabric. Get more details on how to make this here.

22. Balance a marble tile on a copper pipe frame for a pretty plant stand.

You can find single marble tiles at most flooring stores, and ask your hardware store to custom cut your copper pipe for you. Here's the tutorial.


32. Spray paint a plastic or wooden dowel with copper spray paint, then hang air plants on it.

Gathered Cheer /

If you put this in the bathroom, then you won't even have to remember to mist the plants with water because they'll be moistened every time you shower. Here's how to make it.

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