Before & After: Chi’s Childhood Room

published Sep 3, 2010
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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.


    • 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
    • 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

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