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 used some 3D Wall Panels first, which are very affordable and really easy to install, so even I could manage it! I loved the process of choosing colours and patterns from their extensive range of options. I then opted to create some of my own wall art so that I could really think of my dorm as home. I’d seen one of my friends decorate their wall using a beautiful diamond painting kit which they assembled to make some wall art that looked really amazing; this inspired me to work on something myself. Another 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
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!
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!
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.
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.