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Reader's home - a remarkable transformation

Marija is an architect and interior designer from Lithuania who remodeled her apartment last summer and wanted to share it with our readers. The space is only 60 square metres and due to the economic and real estate crisis, her grandiose plans needed to be downsized so she opted to spend only 700 EUR and do the work herself (well, with one visit from an electrician and one from a carpenter) - in six weeks. I am blown away by every single thing she has done to her place and the little touches here and there that came it really special. It's a spectacular transformation and I am excited to show it to you all. I'll take you on a tour of Marija's home room by room, in her words.

The living and the dining room. I peeled away the prior floor sheets and I painted the floor boards in white and ivory colour strips according floor board step – that visually made space wider and brighter; renewed and painted the ceiling; two doors leading to bedrooms were repainted in black chalkboard paint. I also decided to have a 'window sills' above the window and two alcoves in opposite wall – now their serves as an exposition space for wooden sculptures  storage space and a curtain-rods holder for curtains to mask the storage in alcoves and decorative curtains beside the window.


The kitchen. In the kitchen, I had to peel off four layers of old vinyl coverings:) The unimpressive back wall of the TV table that did not fit anywhere I covered by the plexiglass cover and applied a wall décor sticker and it has transformed into my favourite kitchen island. The similar sticker appeared on the entrance door and small refrigerator. The rest of the doors of the room were painted black with chalkboard paint to be covered by chalk drawings.


Don't miss a few more rooms after the jump!

The bedroom. When I started removing the old wallpaper, I found out fragments of previously used paints that seemed to me very attractive. Thus I scrubbed two walls to uncover the previous décor. And decorated the other two walls (which were built in later years and there was no hope to find any interesting decors on them) with diluted cotton and silk wallpaper mass. I also renewed the ceiling and painted the floor boards that were previously covered by carpeting.

A child's room. In my son's room I also renewed the floor, the ceiling and the walls, though for wall decoration I've chosen a simple method - I painted white the existing brownish rugged wallpaper. Instead of the carpet we used a stencil of a stylized whale while my son got creative and decorated the legs of the old stool in the same manner.

Marija also included some photos of her bathroom, one of her amazing light fixtures and a floor plan.


Reader Comments (25)

Nice work! I really like how you transformed the apartment! It's beautiful.
Maria from Sweden

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Wow. That is amazing. The paint reveal in the master bedroom is not my taste, but everything is just fantastic.

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjs

As a New Yorker, I always love seeing apartment makeovers! It's amazing what someone with vision can do with small spaces. I especially love what she did with the floors.

Wow--I love these colors...especially the curtains. She has some eye--that painted detail on the cabinets is too fun.

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMilk and Honey Home

What a remarkable transformation. Very creative use of color and chalkboard paint!

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVastu

Love this apartment. Great work. The details like the stencil on the floor and the flower pattern in the kitchen are wonderful touches. and of course, chalkboard doors are always fun!

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commentermisty

I LOVE the painted floors! What a transformation.

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Darling

I'm a HUGE fan of painted floors! Thank you for posting such an inspiring makeover.

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvita

That is such an amazing transformation on a really tight budget! The kitchen alone could have used up all that and more.

What an amazing, restful space it is now!

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarb McMahon

Although my own taste is very different, I really liked this apartment because it has so much personality. Seeing it makes me feel that I know a little bit about Marija and her life with her son.

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLin

Good job. Your effort has paid off. 700 Euros, wow! That is what I call working on a budget. Congrats!

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuis

yes, a talent here i think, and a preparedness to follow your vision. that you could do all this on 700euro is even more amazing. a lovely space for a young family to live. bravo!

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

Well thought of!!! Super nice!! Hope I can work on my room too! :)

25 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarletscorpion

What a great BEFORE & AFTER...i really like the light colored floors. I thought about that for my new place....but i wondered about the upkeep.

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJEN RAMOS

Hi all, my hart is melting down then I see such warm comments And I confess I was so astounded and surprised that Kim liked my apartment ant published such a great post ! Thank You
About light colored floor upkeep I should say, that it isn’t so complicated as can seem - we live 3 persons + a dog = one weekly hoovering and floor wash (winter time twice). I think - dark colored floors are more problematic ;)

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarija

LOVE the layers Marija has revealed on the master bedroom walls. It's brings a beautiful and historic personality to the room. That and the use of warm oranges have to be my favourite features of this 'new' apartment but overall, just a gorgeous space!

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Fabulous makeover! So many good ideas to take away.

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

You always post the best before and afters! More, more, more!

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Fabulous transformations! Love everything you did.

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I cannot say enough nice things about this apartment - the personality is so evident without being in your face and even though Maria had to really work with what she had, all the proportions are great. This beats most of the affluent concrete floor , wood clad, bubble lamp clones hands down. Well done

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelinda forster

Wow, all this on 700 EURO's?! I'm very impressed!! Congrats Marija - you should be very proud xx

26 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

What a fantastic use of this space. I love the use of the wall decals to jazz up the kitchen cabinets.

I love this home, great before-after

27 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commentervie a la campagne

This is wonderful. Love the white living room with the bright curtains and dark warm wood. Tons of inspiration here, great job.

7 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM


14 Sep 2010 | Unregistered Commentermihameeha

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