How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget

October 5, 2017Kelly Baum

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Devine Color by Valspar . All opinions are 100% mine.

It was only last year that I was decorating for a dorm room or first apartment, which is crazy to me because it feels so long ago! Time flies…when you’re an adult and the bills pile up! All kidding aside, I used to love decorating my dorm room or apartment every year and I actually loved the greatest challenge of all: designing and decorating and being able to turn it back to the way it was at the end of the year. It was really important to me to have my personality in the room as much as I could, without getting a bill at the end. I tend to put quite a few pieces of wall art to create the personalized space I like. I opted to create some of my own wall art so that I could really think of my dorm as home. A friend recommended using Bumblejax.com to have some of my photos mounted and they look pretty neat. I opted to have them put on to Dibond to create a sleek yet durable look. They were in my dorm and now have followed me to my new apartment. They go very well with all my new furniture. I was also really excited when I found Devine Color + Target and I knew it would be the perfect solution to decorate a dorm room on a budget and have it be removable when it’s time to move out!

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget – And Have it Look Good

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
While shopping to update my dorm, I discovered the Valspar line called “Devine Color” which is available exclusively at Target (in the home improvement section near the light bulbs in store or online). So I picked out the Devine Color Chalkboard Interior Paint in Devine Coal, and the Devine Color Buffalo Plaid Peel and Stick Wallpaper. You know me, I can’t resist anything plaid! The reason why I went with these is because I love how easy it is to coordinate with Target’s other home decor accessories, and because removable wallpaper is my number one dorm/first apartment decorating secret: it’s affordable, easy to apply and easy to remove! I decided to makeover my coffee table and my bookshelf since it was past due time they got a little TLC:

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
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How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
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Are you ready…to get organized? As soon as this opportunity came up I knew I had the perfect thing to paint: a couple of months ago I got a few wooden crates from Target but I never found a purpose for them. And then I painted them with a little bit of the Devine Color Chalkboard Interior Paint and they are my new favorite part of the kitchen!

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
One coat down

If you have an afternoon free, grab yourself a can of paint, a brush and a few wooden crates and get to painting! And to spruce it up even more, I took some of my leftover Buffalo Check Removable Wallpaper and stuck it on the back to bring a little more oomph to my kitchen storage.

These crates are so perfect for dorm rooms because you can stack as many as you want and it makes it easy to organize: you can have one crate for coffee, one for school supplies, one with makeup, one with movies, the list goes on and on! I accessorized mine with a few baskets and coffee cups from the ultimate stylish home goods stop: the Target Dollar Spot!

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
 

 

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
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How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
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This was the trickiest project to do because I had to cut off another slice and line up the pattern since the sheet was too small for the entire back of the bookshelf – my only tip here is to be as precise as you can with your measurements! Here I’ve picked out a few more of my favorite and affordable Target finds: the Nate Berkus Ambient Lamp, Pineapple Wood Flushmount Wall Art, Acacia Rectangle Flatware Caddy, White Rope Basket with Fringe.

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
Before
How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
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This coffee table is probably my most favorite transformation – and it was so easy! I started by cutting and measuring (a must when you work with removable wallpaper!) and then it was easy to apply this since I was able to take the shelf apart and lay it on top. I accessorized my “new” coffee table with this very affordable plastic serving tray in blue from Target.

How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
How to Decorate a Dorm Room on a Budget - And Have it Look Good
So there’s my secrets to beautiful but removable decor for your dorm room or first apartment! Devine Color has so many shades of paint and patterns of wallpaper in their line that it makes it really easy to find the perfect one to match my style. Don’t forget to look for Devine Color on your next Target trip and stop by Devine Color on Instagram for more project inspiration!

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    Nigel William

    February 7, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Hi! Great project, my mother sent me your article´s link. I was wondering if you could tell me if the chalkboard paint takes to long to dry? Thank you.

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