One of the downsides to having started this blog after college (despite the fact that that is entirely the point of entitling it “Post Grad”) is that I missed the opportunity to share with you some of the many ways I attempted to decorate my little 3rd floor walk-up apartment during my victory lap semester in college.
I moved to a little one bedroom apartment for that last semester as my previous roommate of over 2 years had gotten engaged and was moving out to live with her fiance. Rather than find another roommate that I would be leaving after 6 months when I finally graduated, I decided to move to another apartment that I could then just sub-lease when I left.
There were multiple “problems” with the apartment, but despite them all I loved that place. And despite the fact that my lease declared I was unable to paint or use nails on the walls, I managed to make that place my home in a few short months. One of my favorite projects was the wall art in the kitchen. This was the ONLY room in the apartment that would hold those little 3M picture hanging sticker thingies (technical term). The other rooms had old plaster walls and anything that weighed more than a paperclip fell off the wall in a loud crash and took a chunk of the plaster down with it. Good times.
But back to my project…
One day I came back from class to find a stack of old New Yorker magazines with “FREE” written across the covers piled by the mailboxes. The covers were perfect. Bright. Colorful. Happy. I snagged the whole stack and immediately went to work ripping the covers off of them. Ok – now I realize in politeness perhaps I should have left them there for someone who had a general interest in reading them, but I did make sure to put back the ones with ugly or black and white covers! I ran to Kmart and snagged up a bunch of their 8×10″ frames that came with mats. The funny thing about this is that the mats that were in these frames were actually to hold 2 4×6″ pictures, so I just cut out the middle bar separating the two and kind of making my own make-shift mats for a roughly 6×9″ picture. I taped the magazine covers to the back of the mats and framed them.
I knew I had 6 frames so just decided to do a 2 row pattern on the wall. I DID use a laser level and ruler to make sure everything was straight and evenly spaced…. quite possibly the ONLY thing in the apartment that was level. Using the 3M tape, I just stuck all the framed covers up on the wall and voila… instant and practically free decor. They instantly added so much to the boring white-walled apartment kitchen. Never underestimate the value of FREE.