Before & After: Samna Transforms a Studio in 5 Days

Before & After: Samna Transforms a Studio in 5 Days

Tara Bellucci
Feb 21, 2013

Samna flew out to New York from her home in Seattle to help her sister set up her studio apartment. With only five days and $500, here's how she transformed the rental into a chic hangout.

With the magic of Goodwill, a good eye, and some paint, the studio is now seriously stylish!


From Samna:

Here's what I had to work with: My sister's apartment in a post-war building, 248 square feet of bedroom/living area and kitchen, $500 budget and five days to get it all done. This project is for all of the people who claim "I don't have time. I don't have a lot of money. My space is tiny. My landlord won't allow me to do much to my apartment." 

In five days, I threw paint on the walls, applied a temporary faux etched glass look to the windows, added fabric to the kitchen walls and scoured the local thrift stores for decorating items. 90% of the items purchased for this space were either found in the dumps, thrift stores or were clearance items. Goodwill was my favorite, but I also found some great items at Salvation Army and Housing Works.  By the end of the renovation, I had actually spent far less than my budget of $500. The actual total was $299.76. For that amount, I was able to reupholster a chair, transformed an old Ikea lamp into a paper towel holder, constructed a $348 Anthropologie lamp for $10, covered bookcases with scrapbook paper and paint/saw a coffee table I had haggled for from Housing Works. 

For the full five-day transformation and more photos, check out Samna's blog, Will Craft for Food. MORE BEFORE & AFTERS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:Before & After: Simple IKEA Wooden Bedframe Gets a Luxe Upholstered LookBefore & After: Christina's Tiny Bedroom to Bright Office Plus Guest RoomThe Complete Before & After Category Archive

Thanks, Samna!

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(Images: Sami & Samna Chheng)

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