Our living situation is unique. There is no denying that. When we glance out our windows, we usually make uncomfortable eye contact with a freshman. Them not wanting to acknowledge that their peering into our personal lives and us [me] not knowing if I should say hello. Our toilets are industrial strength [which sometimes comes in handy]. The doorbell rings at all hours of the day for all different types of things [how do I do laundry to I’m locked out of my room to my roommate is throwing up and I don’t know what to do]. The aromas from our kitchen [good and bad] fill the entire dorm which inevitability leads to students at our door asking “what’s for dinner?” Or, “can I have some?”
One of the bigger challenges I have faced living in this apartment is how to decorate and make cinderblock feel “homey”. I’ve always been one to dream of the day when I got my own place and could have at it with a paint brush and some creative inspiration. Upon marrying a Resident Director, my dreams where slightly altered. There I stood during our first days of marriage staring at beige, ugly, cinderblocks wondering what was I ever going to do? I’ve learned that not any color looks good on cinderblock, so you must choose wisely. [hence why you won’t see any pictures of our painted bathrooms]
Well, needless to say, with some help of Pinterest and creative fun, I’ve made it work. Although this apartment is old and has it quirks, I felt like I’ve done an okay job making it feel like “home”. Here are some pictures of the before/after attempts to make our cinderblocks walls have some character and charm.
Picture frames for the living room: Before
Picture frames: after
Chris’ old childhood dresser. I redid this and put it in our bedroom
Final product! I made the mirrors too. I took twigs from outside, spray painted them and glued them onto the mirror. I’m pretty happy with how this looks against the purple [cinderblock] wall.
I found these old shutters at garage sale this summer and thought they’d be perfect to spruce up our “office”.
This picture frame wall is also in the office.
This is by far one of my favorite projects. This is a strange wall with a large amount shelve space that I never really know what to do with it. Until…pinteret came along and I was inspired. It’s amazing what a little trip to the thrift store and some spray pint can do. Viola.
There you have it. I know you’ve all been wondering “how in the world does she decorate a [door room] apartment”. Now you know!