The good news: we renters are not alone.
We've all heard of them.
We've all seen them.
We all love them.
The beloved...gallery wall!
Here's the deal: I have always thought that gallery walls were a hit or miss kind of project. They intimidated me. But I decided to face my fear and go for it. So I went to a few home decor stores and walked out empty handed, because everything was pretty pricy.
Back to square one. I wasn't going to give up. I started rummaging around to see what knick knacks I had around my apartment. I also searched Etsy for a few items as well. And I, of course, roped my sweet boyfriend into building me a few pallet shelves to complete the look. He wants to start building custom woodwork so this was good practice for him ;) (email me if you're interested in having him build something for you)!
Are you ready for this?
BOOM. Mission accomplished. I am in love with this wall, guys.
I can't even explain to you the difference that it makes in my living room. I walk in and I feel like sitting on my couch and sipping on a cup of coffee (or glass of wine...hello) because I am home.
I love the rustic chic vibe that it brings to the place. And wanna know something else?
The whole thing cost less than $100. YEP.
Side note: I can't wait to show you guys the rest of my little apartment!
Like I said, Adam built the pallet shelves for me. We got the pallets from work. He also built the little wood stand that the mason jar is sitting on. And he got the deer antlers from his dad :)
The 7 vintage frames were a set that I found on Etsy (shop: The Bumble in the Bee) for about $50.
The "J" made of corks was also an Etsy find (shop: Trzy Star) for about $22.
I had the mason jar laying around (I've mentioned before that I have a thing for mason jars).
And the mirror came from my old faithful...Target ;) Can't have a gallery wall without something from Target...
See? It's totally possible to make your apartment feel homey without paying hundreds of dollars! You just have to get a little bit creative, and use things that are available to you.
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