My apartment has been in the "I just moved in" state for five months now and this past Saturday it was time to do something about it. Sometimes starting with a blank canvas can seem overwhelming, which is why we waited so long to do something in the first place, but it's amazing what just some paint and new accessories can do to completely transform a space!
The wall you see in the photos used to be an ugly "fake" wall (used in a lot of NYC apartments to convert a large living room into an extra bedroom) so I used painter's tape to create a sort of faux wainscoting look. It's definitely time consuming, since you want to be precise about all the lines and measurements, but as far as physical exertion and costs, it's extremely easy!
We also picked up some black paint and updated our old, "blah" wooden coffee table, added some accessories, and voila! The whole transformation cost about $120! I'm too embarrassed to show the before photo, but it pretty much consisted of just the white couch and the coffee table in an ugly wood stain, so use your imagination! Here are the supplies and approximate costs:
-Pillows, vase, artichoke and adorable silver elephant: all between $12.99 - $19.99 at Daffy's (seriously amazing home goods stuff there if you live in NYC!)
-Paint (black and tan): about $30
-Painter's tape: $5
-Drop cloths (for the floor and furiture): $5
-Painting supplies: $11 (we used this Home Depot starter with rollers, tray and brushes!)
-Tools (level, measuring tape, straightedge, razor cutter): already owned