Genie’s Budget Apartment Makeover

My friend Genie wanted to makeover her apartment for $300 (or less). Together, along with our friend Sarah, we went out to Jubilee a few weeks ago and we were pretty lucky with our finds. That was the trip in which I scored my beautiful (though superfluous) dining room table. Remember?

Sarah and I then worked on the first part of the makeover together, which she wrote about on Apartment Therapy.

Genie's Budget Apartment Makeover

Well, it turns out… Genie’s moving to Boston! This is particularly sad news for me, as Genie is one of my very good friends (and I don’t have all that many). *Sigh.* I can’t very well force her to stay though, can I?

Anyway… the change of plans means she’s not all that interested in putting any more work into her apartment. We would have had $210 left in our tiny budget to find inexpensive white curtains (floor to ceiling) for all of the windows, swap an underused bookshelf for a stylish credenza, put an area rug in the living room, and address the TV and audio equipment. We would have also found a cute little tablecloth and some cheery flowers for the dining area.

Sarah posted “part two” on Apartment Therapy yesterday, working with what we had already done. Even though we didn’t really finish, it still looks pretty great.

Genie’s Budget Apartment Makeover

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  • Jules
    February 26, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Aww, I’m sorry your friend is moving away.

  • Aimee
    February 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    i hate it when friends move away!

    looks like a nice redo, even if it isn’t done all the way.

  • Tory
    February 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    What sad news for you! Genie will love Boston though! I had been a midwestern girl my entire life until 7 1/2 years ago when I landed in the Boston ‘burbs. East coast living does take some getting used to but it’s so much fun figuring it all out. Look on the bright side…you’ll have a great city to visit with a free place to stay!

  • tab
    February 26, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    So sorry your friend is moving :-( But you’ve done a great job with her apartment!

  • cindy
    February 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    It’s sad to see a dear friend move away… but distance makes the heart grow fonder! And now you have a place to visit with a bonus perk of visiting with a dear friend. :) Thanks again for posting about Jubilee… I couldn’t remember where I had read about it and wanted to go visit sometime in the near future!

  • Jesse
    March 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Hey, I’m sorry your friend is moving too.

    (Although…I’m the one taking her room, and I’m pretty excited about it.)

    I also own almost no furniture, so I may have to head over to Jubilee, or something like that.

  • Making it Lovely
    March 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Oh, well I’m glad you’re excited – I designed the bedroom you’re getting! :)

  • Alicia Prams
    June 17, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Sorry to hear about your friend moving away, but atleast you will have a nice place to visit…it always nice to have a change of senery now and again. Her Apartment looks great though!

  • Apartment Man
    July 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm


    It looks like you were going to do a great job updating the apartment for only $300. Well even though she is moving away you can still keep in contact with her. It will give you the opportunity to make even more friends.