A $50 makeover…

Yesterday I looked around my lovely apartment and decided it was time for a change. I’ve lived here for two years, and much as I love it, I was getting tired of seeing the same things all the time.

I owe the bank a LOT of money, and the property market isn’t the best for selling right now, so I quickly discarded any plan to move. Maybe I could rent it out, and live overseas for a while. I have friends who spent six months or a year in London and New York. I like London and New York. That would be a change, right?

Except…I owe the bank a LOT of money. And I have a good day job at the moment, which I’d be stupid to give up. So, with a sigh I reigned in my adventurousness. And checked my bank balance.


I wandered aimlessly around my apartment for a while, ignoring all the things I should have been doing instead. New furniture? Not within the budget. That ruled out new curtains. I really want a big shiny mirror for the wall behind to the dining table, but the one I have my eye on is nearly five hundred dollars. Way out of my no-more-than-$70 budget. I could put the money toward the mirror, but then I’d have no immediate gratification.

Hmm, that wall could really use…something. An idea struck me, and I took myself off to the hardware store.

I wandered the paint aisles for ages, looking at paint cards and narrowing down colors. The wall doesn’t get a lot of light, and room is quite small, so a dark color was out. In the end, I chose green. The exact color is Taubman’s Sparkling Mint, if anyone wants to look it up.
While I was wandering the aisles, I had another idea. The wall above the chest of drawers in my room was still bare. Why not MYO something to hang there? So I also bought a sample pot of a lovely bright blue paint and some oddly shaped small blank canvases. And dropcloths to protect my floor, a brush, roller and tray, and tape.

Last night I taped up my ceiling, the baseboard and the walls adjoining the target wall. I covered my floor, changed into grotty old clothes, and put on an audio book.

I’m a pretty good painter, if I do say so myself! My wall is now bee-you-tee-full and has completely changed the look of the room. I’ve picked out beads and other stuff to adorn my new artwork, and next I’m going to get that done.

Go me! A makeover for my apartment, for $47.75!

Now, I have to catch up on all the things I didn’t do while I was painting…


About oliviaventura

I was born many years ago in... No, seriously, all you need to know about me is that I love love LOVE reading, and it's even more fun to write my own stories (I get to choose the ending that way). I've worked in plenty of different jobs, many in retail, which is the best way to meet some really colorful people, and also in recruitment, telecommunications, and food safety. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I'm still on the lookout for Mr. Right, so if you know him, send him my way.

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