Some of us have left freshman year behind and have also simultaneously left dorm life behind. Getting an apartment after the first year of college has gotten more and more popular over the years. There’s more space, more privacy, and, most appealingly, more room to decorate! As I prepared to move in to my apartment for the upcoming semester, I wanted to get as crafty as possible to really personalize my new home. These four DIY projects were the ones I found to be the most easy and most adorable!

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DIY: Lyric Canvas

All of us Dormifyers love DIY canvases. However, if you’re like me, getting to elaborate with a canvas may turn out looking like a scribbled-on page from a coloring book instead of the masterpieces we see on Pinterest. This lyric canvas is a chic, DIY-friendly alternative, perfect for a quick hang up in your apartment. If I can do it, anyone can!

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

How to: Pick out some of your favorite lyrics. For mine, I chose the ever lovely Coldplay. Draw out your lyrics in pencil before you paint. I found it was much easier to trace in paint than do it freehand! Then, paint away. This project is very easy to execute and the result is classically chic.

 

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DIY: Refurbished Folding Chairs

Unlike a dorm room, apartments give you way more space not only to entertain, but to decorate. Buying furniture for your apartment is expensive–especially for college kids, considering tuition, books and rent is already a killer. If you can only afford to get the essentials, i.e. a sofa and a few bean bags, but still plan to entertain and need more furniture, this is a perfect solution. Re-doing old folding chairs is chic, easy, inexpensive and easy to fold up and store when they are not needed. Perfect for college apartments and parties!

What you’ll need:

  • Old folding chairs
  • Half a yard of fabric
  • Hammer
  • Staple gun
  • Spray paint
  • Screwdriver 

How To: This DIY project is a little time consuming, but if you’re willing to get a little dirty, the result is well worth it! First thing is first, you’ll need to remove the padding from the frame. Turn the chair upside down and unscrew the screws. DO NOT LOSE THE SCREWS! You’ll need them for when you reapply the padding. Once you’ve separated the padding from the frame, take the fabric and fit it tightly over the padding. Take your stable gun and staple the fabric to the padding. Once you’ve done that, the staples might stick out a little bit. Take your hammer and hammer them in lightly so that they are nice and firm. Now, painting time! Take the spray paint and evenly coat the frame. Leave it out to dry for approximately 30 minutes, just to be safe. Once the frame is dry, you can re-screw in the padding. Enjoy!

 

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DIY: Personalized Mug

One of the great things about upgrading from a college dorm to a college apartment is getting a kitchen! Last year in the dorms, it was nearly impossible for me to wash my dishes in a little sink and made me opt for the paper, throw-away versions of my favorite coffee mugs. Now that you have the space, it’s time to get crafty with your kitchenware. 

What you’ll need:

  • Coffee mug
  • Permanent marker
  • Oven

How To: Decide what you want to write on your favorite coffee mug. Don’t be afraid to get creative, or mess up! You can wipe off the permanent marker and fix mistakes before it will stay on permanently. Once you’ve decided, draw it on! Make sure all of your mistakes or smudges are fixed and then put it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. This will bake the permanent marker and it will stay to the cup even when washed. 

 

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DIY: Bathroom Wall Art

Another great thing about moving into an apartment is NO MORE COMMUNITY BATHROOMS! Can I get a hell yeah to that? No more wearing sandals in the shower or getting stuck with cold water at the end of the night. Even better, you can make your bathroom as chic as any other part of your house. Shower in style, Dormifyers!

What you’ll need:

  • Picture frames
  • Personalized images/images from the internet
  • Spray paint (optional)

How To: I started with some plain, wooden frames and spray painted them mint green–however, no need to get the spray paint out if you can find picture frames that match your preference! Then, I found background patterns online that would mesh well together. With Photoshop, I added the text and printed them out! However, if you’re not technologically savvy, opt for finding some designed paper at your local crafting store, or even Walmart! From there, you can get stick-on letters to create the words, or paint them on yourself. Your choice. Put them in the frame and they’re ready for your wall!