Nothing says summer relaxation to me like sitting out on a shaded patio or balcony, enjoying the warm summer breeze while sipping a nice cold adult beverage. For an apartment dweller on a budget (like myself), creating this atmosphere meant using a little creativity and some bargain hunting skills. The end result was a space that is both cohesive and inviting.
The total cost for this project was around $140. Here’s the breakdown:
Wicker Chairs (ikea As-Is Section): $30 for pair
Paint for chairs (quart Glidden exterior paint): $10
Patio table (ikea): $20
Chair cushions & pillow (Garden Ridge clearance): $20 total
Outdoor Rug (Amazon): $25
Curtains & Polyurethane String (ikea, Home Depot): $13
Terrarium (Hurricane, dirt, moss, plant): $20
The Ikea chairs came in a natural bamboo color, which I painted over with the exterior paint to make it look a little more polished. In order to avoid drilling or causing any permanent damage, the curtains were hung using the polyurethane spool of string from Home Depot and a few nails I found around the apt. The curtains themselves, are netted, lightweight yet durable and seem to be stain resistant and can be drawn closed for additional shade/privacy. What do you think? Can you see yourself relaxing here with a cold beer? Leave your comments below!
I recently took a BYOB painting class with a few friends, but the artwork wanted to learn to paint wasn’t available for the date we were going. So I decided to take a stab at it myself. This is another project that didn’t cost me anything because I had the materials. If I were to do this from scratch though, the cost would be about $30.
A friend of mine recently rented her first apartment and wanted to create a moroccan inspired dining room. However, the banana yellow and pea green walls (in the picture above) weren’t very conducive to creating that atmosphere. She wanted to infuse bright vivid colors and patterns without overdoing it, or as she put it, making it look like “indian vomit”!
The walls were lightened with Behr’s Whipped Butter Paint color to create a warm, but understated backdrop for the other vivid elements in the room. Traditional floor pads and rocking chairs from Ikea serve as dining chairs, while a coffee table serves as the dining table. $20 curtains from Ikea were added to create oppulence and the illusion of additional space. The 4 hanging lamps are from Pier one.
The paint treatment on the wall in the picture above was created with the same paint color (Behr’s whipped butter), but in two different finishes. A Stencil was purchased from Michael’s and used to create the brocade pattern.
My very first post! yippee!!
OK, the artwork above was really simple and inexpensive to make. I have high ceilings (about 12 feet) and as a result, large walls so I sometimes have issues with finding art work that is large enough (and cheap enough!) to fill the space. This project allowed me to control the size of the artwork and only cost about $5 total to make.
I used a spool of ribbon, thumb tacks, clear pushpins and a decorative branch. I purchased two spools of thin ribbon (about an inch or less in width) from wal mart for about $1 total. The branch in the center was purchased from Pier one imports on clearance for less than one dollar, but this will also work with any bound branches that you can find (I’ve seen some at the dollar store). I measured and cut equal lengths of the ribbons. Used a laser leveler to make a faint line with a pencil to outline the frame. I then lined up my cut pieces of ribbon and used thumb tacks to anchor the pieces onto the wall. The branch is held into place with 3 or 4 clear pushpins. It took me about 15 minutes to create.