Before & After: Chi's Childhood Room

Before & After: Chi's Childhood Room

Aaron Able
Sep 3, 2010
Designer: Jen Chu Client: Chi Location: Fort Greene — Brooklyn, New York My friend, Chi, grew up in this room. She moved out for college, and when she came back, the room seemed to need a face lift more than ever. The dingy paint with the poor lighting made the room unbearably drab. The lack of storage made it impossible to maintain a tidy space. Fortunately, her room had great bones with plenty of wall space and nice hardwood floors. After a couple weeks of careful planning and with a little elbow grease, we re-vamped this room in 2 days. Prior to the makeover, the room had not changed one bit in over a decade. I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for her, so I wanted to design a space that was timeless enough to be appealing in 1, 5, or even 20 years. The budget for this project was small considering we needed to replace everything in the room, so the goal was to use mostly furniture from IKEA but accessorize thoughtfully so the room came off as luxurious. I decided on cool, soothing colors and versatile furniture pieces, dressed up with subtle glamorous touches. SHOPPING LIST
    • HEMNES wardrobe: IKEA • Manhattan Desk: Target • headboard: DIY upholstered with ANITA curtain from IKEA • 8 Light Williamsburg Chandelier: Walmart • ARSTID sconces: IKEA • Studio Trio Grommet-Top curtains: JCPenney • Rectangular Mirror: Target • HEMNES dresser: IKEA • Crystal Table Lamp by Studio dresser lamp: JCPenney • SKAR cabinet with mirror: IKEA • EKBY BJARNUM/EKBY JARPEN shelves: IKEA • LACK bookshelf: IKEA • Club Stripe bedding: Walmart

The budget for everything was $3000 and EVERYTHING is new. Even the mattress, box, and frame. Thanks Jen and Chi! You can see more images at Jen Chu's blog: JEN CHU DESIGN | Extreme Room Makeover PROFESSIONAL PROJECT SUBMISSION FORM • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Project Submission Form.
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