Kate Condo Makeover Reveal

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Back in November my Sister in Law, Kate, and I indulged in a girls night out to see the latest Twilight installment. We had a blast, and somehow during the movie previews we concocted a plan to give her down town highrise condo a dramatic makeover. 

The Mission: Taking a standard rental unit and making it feel like a girl’s oasis in the sky. Oh yeah, and we only had $1200 to spend. ON EVERYTHING.

Here is how Kate’s condo looked when we started on our mission.
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Kate was ready to let everything go and start fresh so her first job was to list it all in online classifieds. She did GOOD and brought in an extra $500. She decided to add that to our budget  so in the end we had $1700 to play with to decorate her living room and dining room/kitchen.

You may remember the game plan I shared back in December.
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And wouldn’t you know, when I got home from snapping some pictures this weekend I discovered the 2 overall room shots of the living room got deleted. So I am going to have to retake those later on, but in the meantime I think you will get the idea with these photos.

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She is a single girl in her mid-twenties so we wanted to play up the feminine touches with little hits of pink and other fun goodies that guys not fully appreciate (at least not my guy). 

We had SO much fun thrifting up a storm together and absolutely everything in her condo is either thrifted or from Ikea. 

One of our first finds was this vintage pink wicker picnic basket for $4. We had no idea what we’d do with it but we loved it.
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The living has a few touches we are still working on, like filling these frames with black and white photos from Kate’s travels and adding a collage wall near her entry.

The old buffet was another amazing find we scored for $160 and then painted and distressed together. All the frames are Ikea.
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The rug picks up all the soft shades of cream and pinky-beige we used.

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Because Kate’s condo doesn’t have any ceiling lights we wanted a sofa table but found it hard to get one long enough and high enough. We ended up scoring this one on Ikea for $20 which was the perfect height thanks to it being on casters. The only hitch was that it was bright orange so we simply draped a white sheet on top and you cannot even see the orange (I had to roll it out a little to get this shot).
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The modern art around the condo in shades of pink, gold and orange was done by a very talented cousin of ours and the faintly pink glass lamps were also as-is section finds at Ikea for $20 each. The pieces truly fell into place really nicely for us every time we went hunting for things.  
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Still missing is a leaning mirror behind this chair. It is sitting in my garage just waiting to get over there when we find a truck to get it moved.
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Kate’s dining room is a mix of glam/eclectic/feminine. You may recognize the dresser (formerly in our Master Bedroom), it was a perfect fit for her place. I picked up the mirror for $40, my Mother in Law found a crazy beautiful lucite lamp and gave it to Kate for Christmas and we found the chairs for $5 each out thrifting. 
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Some shelves in the kitchen hold more of our thrifted treasures. 
(I am SOOOOO stealing those tumblers)
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The Ikea table, along with the extorp couch and chair covered the brunt of our budget so we had to get frugal on the accessories!
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We also painted the chairs together. Giving one each a different color for a collected look. This one has very very faint pink stripes to tie into the living room pinks.
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The finials were yet again thrifted.
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It was a very busy month to finish it all up and get out thrifting till we felt we had the things we were looking for but Kate is thrilled with her new pad and that makes it all worth it! Plus it is always fun to have someone who understands my obsession with thrifting (I think she’s hooked now too!).

Now we just have to tackle her bedroom…
Kate Condo Makeover Reveal

33 thoughts on “Kate Condo Makeover Reveal

  1. Love the redo! Where did you find the pillowcases…the linen ones w/ the ties on the side? SO CUTE! (I'm always on the hunt for pillowcases, but they usually have too much writing or pictures on them…and those linen ones would be perfect for MY white Ektorp lol)

    Also, OneKingsLane.com has those blue tumblers (in highball sizes too) on sale right now in the same blue and also green (they had clear, but it sold out) for $18, for a set of 4. Just FYI in case you wanted to buy some for yourself!


  2. soooo cute!!!! love the ikea table and sofa – those are must items for anyone thrifing a house. i didn't know you were a twifan!!! omg – i am the BIGGEST fan in the world!!!makes me love you more!!!

    cote de texas


  3. Amazing!!! I'm ready to move in whenever she's done. :) I'm always jealous of cozy, girly zones. My mister lets me have a lot of free reign, but I still try to keep it a mix. You did an incredible job, and on a tight budget too!


  4. Holy cow! Love what you two did with the place!!! It's so fresh and clean and girly :) The idea of all the chairs being painted slightly different is so cute! Fabulous job.



  5. Really great job. Fresh and young!

    by the way , the wallpaper you used in the Lexington house entry inspired me to so a similar wallpaper treatment in our bathroom. So…thanks!! :)


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