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Watch Designer Give Small NYC Apartment a BIG Makeover On a $100 Budget

My name is Daniel. I’m from New York City and I’m in desperate need of an apartment refresh. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do with a small space. I’m not really always sure what to do with my furniture. I have a lot of blank walls. I have a lot of basic furniture. It’s a bit boring my apartment. I’m 32. I’m single. I don’t really think about this stuff. I’m not a design guy. I could really use some help. Hi guys. I’m Lauren Mack interior designer and life stylist. Let me see this place. Oh wow. It’s tiny. It is. Today I’m at Daniel’s apartment and I’ve got $100 to give this place a much needed makeover and a little style. Okay so everything looks pretty boxey like it’s all just from a box. Like nothing has any character. There’s no appeal. Tell me what would you like to see in this space? I like the feeling of being in an apartment and feeling at home. Okay you called the right girl. I’m gonna make this space beautiful for you. Sounds great. First thing’s first these books gotta go. Daniel’s apartment has no color and no character so today I’m gonna give him a little bit of both. The quickest easiest and cheapest way to change a room is with a splash of color. I picked a deep shade of green to paint Daniel’s room because it’s fly and sophisticated. A gallon of paint like this is gonna cost you about 25 bucks. That means you change your space for little to nothing. Here’s a great way to save money on your window treatments. Consider making your own custom ones. I got these curtains of $10 a pair and I spray painted a custom design on it. Super easy and super cheque. Here’s a great tip to update an old appliance for pennies on the dollar. Stainless steel sticky paper. Prep the surface by scraping off all the old stickers and stick it right on. It’s gonna give it a modern fresh look. Ha that looks amazing. It doesn’t cost very much money. I’m gonna give him an accent wall and create a focal point by using fabric as a headboard. This fabric was only $3.99 a yard and I bought eight yards. This is a super easy way to instantly overhaul a space. A nice dark paint color on the back of this bookshelf is gonna let all of his books pop and make the back of this bookcase recede. Organizing your books by color is a designer secret. It makes the room look instantly sophisticated and pulled together and it doesn’t cost you any money. This $100 makeover of Daniel’s apartment is going great. I’m super excited about the fabric wall. It’s adding a total punch in the room and the accent wall was just the perfect touch behind the sofa. I know it’s old school but bargain shopping online absolutely works. Don’t get too caught up on quality because this is not permanent bedding. They’re great for the seasons and it’s a great way to give your bedroom a facelift. Find something that’s affordable and awesome. I’m so excited to show Daniel his new space because his apartment has personality now. Oh my God. That’s awesome. You like it? Yeah it’s great. Rearranged your furniture so you have some more room here now. This is amazing. This is not what I expected at all. You like it? I love it. Thanks so much. Of course. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a stylish home. You just have to think creatively and think outside of the box. If you put things in your online shopping cart the companies will actually send you discount codes if you don’t buy it for like a couple of days. So that’s a really great way. It gets cheaper. It gets cheaper and cheaper so keep your eyes open for that kinda stuff. Paint is such a really affordable way to change your spaces instantly and it doesn’t cost much. We’re gonna make a wood block. What I love about this pattern is it’s so cool. You can really customize and do whatever you wanna do. The first step is getting some fabric with some texture. This is just. A bumpy piece of fabric. Yeah. Staple the fabric on. Kinda figure out a way to get it up there. You dip it in the paint and then take it off. Removing the excess is really the key there. So that your texture can come through. Exactly. Gotcha. Absolutely not I’m gonna let you do the pattern. One of the ways that I did it was I set I drew some lines on the wall with a pencil and then just nice and easy. Go ahead. Rock it. Make sure you get all the pressure on all sides. Ta da. Well mine’s more of a blob but I am a beginner. You’re a beginner. So that’s one really easy affordable way you can do this. You guys it’s just paint. If you mess up you can paint over it. That’s the greatest thing. Let me show you another. Okay cool. If you’ve got an old piece of furniture that’s in your house and you’re thinking I’m just gonna throw it away don’t to that. A nice quick coat of paint is a great way to instantly give it a face lift and then I love the idea of using thumbtacks which are super affordable. You can get a box of 100 thumbtacks for like a dollar. Exactly. I get me needle nose pliers just so I don’t have to mess up my nails because that’s important to me y’all. (laughter) I love that she can do this and rock those nails at the same time. Honey I get my inspiration from Dolly. Dolly Parton. I love Dolly. She is everything. She is everything. She is everything. Isn’t she great? She’s amazing. Let me turn this. And I know Dolly would approve of a nice studded table like this. Look at that. So beautiful.


Lhian Valle

Jun 6, 2019, 4:42 am Reply

It's ugly.


Jun 6, 2019, 6:08 am Reply

When I paint, I always wear a long sleeved white turtleneck.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

Not the books ???

This Season of Life _

Jun 6, 2019, 8:56 pm Reply

The after is depressing.


Jun 6, 2019, 2:46 am Reply

Needs more color and modern touch, i think she could have gone another yard or so on this

Lo_ Zarkx

Jun 6, 2019, 3:57 am Reply

Love Lauren Makk!

Baroness James

Jun 6, 2019, 11:11 am Reply

Who organises their books by colour instead of by authors or genres?


Jun 6, 2019, 1:31 pm Reply

She don't know what she doing in that small space apartment ..
She change book case cover fridge wallpaper curtain that was it… ???


Jun 6, 2019, 3:13 pm Reply

Unless he OWNS the apartment, he could be breaking his lease by not getting permission to paint.


Jun 6, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

BTW, I don’t like her apartment makeover. She could’ve done a lot more to create the illusion of space. If he liked it, though, I’m happy for him.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

I want to know what undergarments she is wearing to make her body look so smooth! She is gorgeous


Jun 6, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

Wow I’m impressed. And it was only 100 bucks! This girl is good at interior design!

d 1

Jun 6, 2019, 3:33 am Reply

if any designer came over in overalls… id be worried

Seductress Spirituality TV

Jun 6, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

NyC rent is too damn high for little matchbox apartments


Jun 6, 2019, 5:11 am Reply

The walking lady seems designed for terribleness in the space of home.

Keri Stevenson

Jun 6, 2019, 8:10 pm Reply

Nothing like some toxic spray paint in the air…?

Ben Everfa

Jun 6, 2019, 9:10 pm Reply

$100 dollar for his apartment and $500 to pay for his designer, money well spent.

Brittney Craig

Jun 6, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply

Awe he's sweet lol . She did a good job!!!

Brittney Craig

Jun 6, 2019, 11:44 pm Reply

Dolly is amazing lmao

Caroline Gray

Jun 6, 2019, 10:31 am Reply

It looks fine

Pamela C

Jun 6, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply

You could also use a flat sheet instead of that material for alot less money!

Pamela C

Jun 6, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply

Also if unable to paint you can use a king size sheet tacked/ or starched to add color for the accent wall

Pamela C

Jun 6, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

Why wouldnt you swap the bedroom and sofa ??
To me the living room and kitchen together seems to make more sense instead of having bedroom between.


Jun 6, 2019, 11:21 pm Reply

“I have got these curtains for $10 a pair, I spray painted CUSTOM DESIGN on it – super easy and super CHIC”
Chic ?!?!?!? ?????????? I rest my case…

Are there people feeling the urge of hiring her after this?

I feel so sorry for this guy… He took it really well, even hugged her, so you know – he has no idea about interior design.
It’s clueless to do this to him… He should be compensated for this… Even the budget was only a $100 – if you buy a paint – why do you buy the UGLY colour which doesn’t go with the size and lightening of the apartment, and why do you buy the UGLY fabric? I’m sure there was a better colour option even at this price range.
And that fraying fabric what is supposed to be a bed skirt?…. Noooooo…. just noooooo……
I think it’s stupid that they even show it off, being apparently proud of it??? Sad…


Jun 6, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

The bookcase should go against the small wall where the desk is. With the desk against it you have an easy reach to the higher shelves for the books you frequently use, what you don’t use often – can go on the lower shelves. It would be easier on the eye to see some empty wall, don’t overstuffed it. The bed of course, as many said – by the window and the couch nearby the kitchen area. Light solid colour curtains, no graffiti for an adult man.


Jun 6, 2019, 2:07 pm Reply

I am always seeing those "Korean apartment tours" on YouTube and they all look the same pretty much…the layout and all, with a ladder to the bed, the tiny kitchenette, and especially the living room. Can you do a real makeover, with real new furniture that will really maximize and transform the small space of those?

tesla H

Jun 6, 2019, 1:39 am Reply

wow…..She jut RUINED that guy’s place!

Robin Delancy

Jun 6, 2019, 5:52 am Reply

Not sure why I'm sexually attracted to Daniel!???

Chen Kin

Jun 6, 2019, 3:10 pm Reply

I only like the green wall painting

Dog World

Jun 6, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

It does look better than before. $100 is not a lot of money to work with.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:38 am Reply

Ek! Looks to cheap! I'd rather have it the way that it was.


Jun 6, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

Lol poor makeover°°!!!

johnny ford

Jun 6, 2019, 3:08 am Reply

That fabric is fugly and she should have used grey and light blue colors.

Emilie LaFave

Jun 6, 2019, 2:35 am Reply

I saw her a lot, but didn't see the apartment as a whole, so I really don't know how the before and after looks like.

Ric Owens

Jun 6, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

Ain’t no way Daniel is having sex…..maybe not ever. #jerkit ?


Jun 6, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

You can go to the Thrift store and find things to decorate with. I usually can find pictures at a great price, I actually bought a wonderful picture that was over $300 dollars and paid $15 for it. You can also find great lamps, Knick knacks, and beautiful window treatments. No need to buy $25 for paint when you can find pictures for around $5

Michigal 810

Jun 6, 2019, 6:53 pm Reply

Sweet Jesus, what has this world come to when we spray painting curtains?!??? Just NO!!!

Cecilie M

Jun 6, 2019, 8:56 pm Reply

Where did his books…go? ???

Gem Gem

Jun 6, 2019, 1:25 am Reply

I love the curtains! All it needed was a plant.

c_pperhead INVIDIAhair

Jun 6, 2019, 3:40 am Reply

He couldnt think to do that??

Dizzylyn Dunn

Jun 6, 2019, 7:57 am Reply

Funny wearing a white top not a bit of paint on her what a con she did nothing and still got her nails ????

D’Nae Lewis

Jun 6, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

He low key Clark Kent cute…. I see u superman 🙂

HuGGyBeaR tim

Jun 6, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

Hi im Lauren Makk, im full of coke and gonna paint your home like a real amateur and put some smelling candles in your room.

Frances Walker

Jun 6, 2019, 2:41 pm Reply

I don't like the curtains..they gotta go… but the rest of it looks great.

Sepia Loscer

Jun 6, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

Easy easy!!?

Sepia Loscer

Jun 6, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply

Omg this looks bad.?

Aleta Geer

Jun 6, 2019, 2:10 am Reply

He can easily change things that don't work for him now that he has been given some great ideas! Very affordable!

Bambi V

Jun 6, 2019, 6:53 am Reply

Spray painting curtains is NOT "super chic",and the rest of the design=fail. It looks like a room for a 12 year old.


Jun 6, 2019, 4:00 am Reply

Organize your books by color! Wtf illiterate moron.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:36 am Reply

Mack – over . Did she mean to say makeover ?

Kriss Chin

Jun 6, 2019, 2:48 am Reply

Awesome job and great rack!

Old Rose

Jun 6, 2019, 7:17 am Reply

Spray paint on the curtain… no!

Kathryn Donaldson

Jun 6, 2019, 2:04 am Reply

Aside from the stripe print on the wall, it just looks like she cleaned the apartment! No big make over here. JMO

Carolyn Nigro

Jun 6, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

Um…….her sense of style sucks..but she's black so we can't tell her.

NYOIL theideal

Jun 6, 2019, 11:33 pm Reply

This shit was WACK! This was a terrible design layout.

Regina Ervin

Jun 6, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

I can do it

Lilyella London

Jul 7, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

Love the thumb tack studding, fridge update and the dark bookshelf interior, TFS!


Jul 7, 2019, 5:59 am Reply

Amazing job for $100!


Jul 7, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

You know you are living in NYC when your bed is in the same room as your living room and kitchen!

Juvie Ann Teope

Jul 7, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

i think its more beautiful if you rearranged his furnitures.. for example.. what if his bed is close to the window..
and i think the fabric wall is not a good idea.. what if you want to change it because its dirty…but how? it is attached to the wall.?

Kyal Vidigi

Jul 7, 2019, 10:01 am Reply

I cried when he said he's single at 32 because I can relate.

Asha Luna

Jul 7, 2019, 1:33 pm Reply

$100 budget? Lol

Laura Millard

Jul 7, 2019, 9:42 am Reply

Destroyer not Designer! Fridge by bed noooooh!

Candy M

Jul 7, 2019, 11:48 pm Reply

Lord have Mercy! ?

Amrita pritam

Jul 7, 2019, 6:36 am Reply

What was new she have done with the room ?? was that person not able to arrange the stuff with his own .


Jul 7, 2019, 9:42 am Reply

She can definitely get it!


Jul 7, 2019, 12:24 pm Reply

I would have changed position between couch and bed, and put some room divider between two, so you get a sense of separate bedroom. And definitely a smaller fridge, if possible a built in.

Jessica Hothersall

Jul 7, 2019, 10:08 am Reply

I would have moved the fridge (loved the silvering) into the corner where the desk is, then put the bookcase butted up against it, to partially hide it and the microwave/grill on top of it, then put desk where bookcase now is. Also would have painted the kitchen cupboards white to blend into background wall. However, main thing is, for $100, he liked it, and that's what really counts.

Daniel Sarti

Jul 7, 2019, 3:35 pm Reply

shitty makeover


Jul 7, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

Wait…. That was it?
That's the apartment makeover??


Jul 7, 2019, 9:17 am Reply

Thought it was gonna have a dollar tree makeover, you can get alot of nice stuff there for decorating and organizing your space.

Kay C.

Jul 7, 2019, 7:55 am Reply

I would have painted the cabinets. Got cute cabinet knobs. Got better curtains. Got better fabric. Painted the wall a different color. I could have done this in $100

Stacy Thomas

Jul 7, 2019, 1:11 pm Reply

Sorry to say but I think Daniel will be single for a while lol.

Augustine Zodina

Jul 7, 2019, 4:43 pm Reply

Ok he is so cute

Ann Brown

Jul 7, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

Eww. Dark green paint; makes a small area SMALLER. Spend a little, get a Murphy Bed. I shelve my books by SUBJECT. If libraries did this, how would one EVER find a book??!!?

Prachi Mishra

Jul 7, 2019, 10:06 am Reply

Arranging books colorwise instead of subject type… not good for a technical person..


Jul 7, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

That's the most bullshit makeover I've seen lmao ?

light brite

Jul 7, 2019, 11:28 am Reply

I could have rocked it for 100. ? She did a mess

mardiya zubairu

Jul 7, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

those curtains are horrifying


Jul 7, 2019, 8:07 pm Reply

What adhesive was used on the fabric?

zahwa chairunisa

Jul 7, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply

When she said color coordinating the books i was instantly


Teresa H.

Jul 7, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

If that was a movable bookcase (of course keep the books) I would have moved it as a room divider, since its a studio give his bed some privacy from the living area I'm a straight female but my eyes go straight to her breasts in that tight, pepto bismol outfit.

D Martin

Jul 7, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

Lmao @ the curtains but it does look much better


Jul 7, 2019, 5:03 am Reply

I threw the towel in when she said she has $100.00 to spend… R U kidding me? Is this a Mandella Effect? That barely fills up my gas tank. Insulting my intelligence as this is BS.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:45 am Reply

When you rent an apartment you can’t just paint the walls tho no???


Jul 7, 2019, 5:46 am Reply

Wtf was she thinking with those curtains

marie m

Jul 7, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

He's not from NYC I can tell

marie m

Jul 7, 2019, 12:50 am Reply

They spend too much I can do it better than that for cheaper

Tisha King

Jul 7, 2019, 9:36 am Reply

I forgot everything she said when I seen her in that pink dress.

sallu,s Queen shaikh

Aug 8, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

good change

aries 44

Aug 8, 2019, 1:35 am Reply

Grey linen wouldve been a better option

CookingCakeShow – Livia Pucci

Aug 8, 2019, 3:24 am Reply

Mmmm i dont really like the final result ?

Lloyd Prosser

Aug 8, 2019, 6:37 pm Reply

No thanks


Aug 8, 2019, 9:41 am Reply

That fridge ended up looking so cheap.

Kim Akwei

Aug 8, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

The plastic wrap on the fridge is going to peel off in like a month and look shabby.

kathy Turner

Aug 8, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

I think she did great. There are so many things you can do but just need a little push.

One Word

Aug 8, 2019, 8:10 am Reply

Some people just pretend to know how to redecorate a home. This woman is one of them. Rethink your job you suck at it.


Aug 8, 2019, 6:11 am Reply

I bet the rent is ridiculous for that small ass apartment.


Aug 8, 2019, 10:39 pm Reply

I got my curtains at family dollar for $10. That was a hideous mess! ?


Aug 8, 2019, 5:54 pm Reply

Great job for $100

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