$300 Dorm Room Makeover



hello we are on our way to Charlotte's dorms check out her space and evening different offer makeover Charlotte just started school she's a freshman her room is pretty basic right now we do he's trying to do so this is your roommates side over here yeah so we're not going to touch this side we're just gonna do Charlotte's side I like like dim lighting like I don't like overhead lights just cozy I think that echoes in among plants like so much because yeah I can see your honor and I like to stuff my walls but I have not bought anything also I think we have everything you need so we're gonna go figure out how we can upgrade your door yeah the first DIY that I'm gonna make is a lap desk this way she can work while she's on her bed or on the couch the things that I'm using for this are a picture frame a pillow and some pretty soft fabric the first thing we're gonna do is take this thing out of this frame I have wrapping paper you can use anything use your photo you can use a piece of fabric I'm just going to use this and stick it right in the frame [Applause] time to cut up my pillow I'm just using a regular old pillow of just one that I would have probably thrown away otherwise I'm just gonna draw a line so I know where to cut it hold it closed safety pin it shut I'm gonna take my fabric I'm just going to lay it right on top try and get it as centered as possible and shove all of my fabric into the middle remember this thing do we got rid of we need it again just kind of situate your fabric and whatever way makes the most sense top it off with this guy you're gonna pull all the fabric back out the edges throw that guy on top you just kind of wrap the fabric around the inner frame and then push the little pins down so that it holds the frame in place all right I have roughly rolled the edges now I'm just gonna glue them down with hot glue [Applause] okay I got all the corners tucked in nice and pretty I think this is done so now she can just put her laptop right on here it set it on her lap while she's sitting in bed or wherever she is and just have a nice little cozy table desk thing one thing that is super easy to DIY and great for anyone who is feeling homesick like most college students is to make a map of your hometown or your home state or your home country or wherever you're from and draw it out using materials from that place for Charlotte I'm using dirt from Oregon and it's so easy I'm just drawing it out with some glue I'm dumping some dirt on top of it that I got from Oregon and then you just wait a little while for it to dry you pop it in the frame and it's done and I think it looks so cute it's a really cool little piece of art that will always remind you of home and I really think Charlotte's gonna love it okay for this next DIY I'm going to make a neon sign totally DIY super cheap and affordable and it's gonna look super cute so the first thing you do when you're making the unsign is draw out whatever you wanted to say the easiest thing to do is to write something in cursive because it all connects and you can connect the wires together and it'll flow beautifully okay so once you have your word drawn out you're gonna take a piece of string doesn't matter what it looks like you're gonna throw it away when you're done and this is so you can measure out the length of wire that you're going to need so I'm going to measure that out and make sure I have enough and I'm also gonna make sure that I have enough L wire which is what I'm gonna be using for the neon light you can get it online and pretty much any color and I got this for eight dollars so can't get better than that I'm using this wire I got the same color as my light or at least a similar color you want to get a wire that is pretty stiff but you can still bend it with your hand okay now that I have a rough shape bent out in my wire I'm going to use some super glue and glue it all together so that it doesn't fall apart and now that I have a significant amount of super glue on all of my fingers it's done let's see how this looks in Charlotte's dorm we are in Charlotte's dorm room got a lot of work to do I'm here with addy Charlotte's sister let's get to work let's start with the desk the desk is kind of the focal point of the room it's where Charlotte is gonna do all of her schoolwork spend most of her time 1 super easy way to kind of spice up your desk is to put a piece of pretty fabric over your bulletin board because you can still pin things through a fabric it's just gonna look way prettier than cork I also wanted to kind of give her a theme to go with her warm colors reading the whole room together so for an accent color I chose gold it goes really well with warm colors like reds and pinks and purples and that's gonna be what all of her accessories are on her desk planner everybody needs a planner it's so scary like it will floppy skeleton bookends are a really cute way to hold all of your books together since you do have a ton of textbooks in college and you'd be surprised how many nice bookends you can find in a thrift store for like 2 bucks also if you have a lot of random junk just kind of laying around everywhere get yourself some baskets a couple of cute baskets on your desk where you can just throw all your in – and not even worry about it it's gonna make your room look so much nicer even if inside of those baskets is a mess out of sight out of mind shelf risers are awesome they're amazing I love them the one I put in Charlie's room I found at a discount store super affordable and it adds a whole new layer of shelving it's amazing especially if you have tons of room above your desk that goes nowhere and there's just wasted space get yourself some shelves or some shelf risers it will change your life Charlotte said she wanted her room to feel warm and cozy she wanted some ambiance so I got her some twinkle lights I think that is the best and easiest way to make your room feel cozy so you don't have these harsh overhead lights everywhere I love the ones that are like a curtain of lights that's what I got for her and I'm gonna put them behind her bed as if it's kind of like a headboard you can also do the same effect with the tapestry or a big piece of art but I think hanging something big like that behind your bed is a really cool way to kind of create the illusion that you have a cool headboard when really you don't since Charlotte has a lot of photos of her friends and her family and it's probably feeling a little bit homesick here in New York far far away from Oregon I felt like having a cork board wasn't quite enough space to display all of these photographs so I also got her this metal grid thing it's kind of like a very modern cork board that I've seen kind of trending on Pinterest and everywhere these days but it looks super cool I'm hanging it up on her closet because there's not really anything going on and she can just clip on papers or photos with little safety pins and it will look so much better than like taping them to the wall or something Charlotte has a great bedspread I'm so happy I didn't have to go out and buy her a new one because the one she has is awesome but when I walked in there she had it covered up it was covered up with a boring plain white blanket what are you doing you're killing me I don't think I've ever seen this bed made we don't want to cover that up we want to see it so I'm taking it off throwing it away revealing this beautiful bedspread that she has and everything else is gonna match this bed so I got her some nice orange pillowcases to replace her boring white ones and they match the accents in the bedspread Charlotte has this huge beautiful window looking out onto New York City it's so nice but it is drab it's got these horrible blinds so we're gonna hang up some really cute curtains that I got from a thrift store you can also just use a sheet or just some cheap fabric it doesn't even have to be a curtain just drape it across and it'll do the same thing one thing that Charlotte said she really wanted were pillows just pillows everywhere and since your dorm room is your entire home you don't have a living room you don't have any other space to hang out when you have friends over they're probably gonna sit on the bed it's like your couch it's probably more of your couch than your bed so one way to create that effect is to just get a bunch of pillows line them up against the wall and around the corner so it creates this kind of couch effect when you're not sleeping in it and then just take them off when you go to bed two of these pillows I made out of old t-shirts that I probably would have just thrown away I didn't use them for this same with the pillows they were old and cheap and you can find them anywhere or you can just use stuffing you don't have to use a pillow you can just stuff it full of pillow stuffing which is even cheaper but they're super easy to make it's so nice to DIY your own pillows especially when you have a bunch of old t-shirts that you don't know what to do with it really adds a nice piece of home there and then the other ones I just picked up some thrift stores some discount stores from people who didn't want them anymore pillows can be very expensive but if you know where to find them it's so easy to get a cheap nice pillow for you're using a lot of pillows in a small space it's good to have a nice variety of sizes and textures and colors I got some that were fun some that were patterned some that were solid a bunch of different sizes to kind of mix it up a bit now I already got the twinkle lights to make this room a little bit cozier but it still needs something else so I really wanted to get her some candles give her that nice ambience that she wants but unfortunately dorm rooms don't allow you to have candles or an open flame or do anything fun luckily I was able to find a huge pack of flameless electric battery operated candles on Amazon so cheap so affordable you get a million of them and honestly they look pretty real I also got her a bunch of fake plants because I know she loves plants but it is very hard to take care of plants as a college student especially when you don't have a lot of light in the room or you may not be around very often to water them so I just got her a handful of fake plants some of them I got from the dollar store some of them I got from the thrift store and then I got on sale I think the plants combined with the dirt art of Oregon really complement each other in a way that I didn't even anticipate it's brings a nice earthy atmosphere to the room and I know she loves that because it's very reminiscent of Oregon and her home and what she loves and it's really gonna make this room feel like home when you're in college and you have a dorm room with a roommate like Charlotte no matter how close you are with that person they could be your best friend you are gonna want some privacy so for Charlotte I'm creating a big room divider for her I think it's going to be really helpful but not super obtrusive she can kind of tie it to the side if she doesn't want it so what I'm using for this is just a gigantic piece of fabric that I found unclear n't it was like $2 a yard which is awesome so I have six yards of this very wide fabric that I'm going to cut in half so that it is 2-3 yard pieces which should theoretically reach from the ceiling to the floor now what I'm gonna do with this is just fold over one of the edges so that I could slip a rope or a string through it and just glue it down with hot glue and then just do the exact same thing with the other piece on the same piece of rope so that it all connects together and you can put together as many pieces of fabric if you want you can mismatched the colors make it just a crazy random curtain of different fabrics whoever you want and just keep adding curtains until your rope is as long as your wall easy as pie so now I want to ever shower let me roommate want some privacy they can just take the curtains close it right in the middle of the room and they can open it back up when they're done the easiest thing for this would be to use like a huge bed sheet or something that's very large because even though it's a dorm room it's still pretty big I'm amazed no way it looks like easy to slide I think we're like done it's done we have completed it after so many hours of hard work it's time to show it to Charlotte this is my favorite part move that bus oh my god that's so cute oh my god this is so much cozier than it was that's our yeah oh my god that was perfect – it's like we're not allowed to have yeah I got you some homeless candles I'm look at all the plants oh yeah so this is a room divider so if you want privacy my idea this looks so nice Oh cute I love it this is a lap desk so you can sit in bed and like put your laptop on it and just put it on your lap that's so it like this on this side so that's always burns me it looks so much better how do you like it I love your white smoke whistle idea these are so cute I like these boards I made this out of dirt from Oregon I'm serious cool I love how much cozier it is and I love all the pillows I love all the lights cuz I don't like big lights so it's so much nicer ambience here and I love a fabric and how much more organized the desk is because I really had no I'd like nowhere to store anything I'm so happy you like

21 Comments

  • Gray Crowned Crane

    April 15, 2019

    That Oregon sign was so cute!!!??

    Reply
  • Meghan Ushman

    April 15, 2019

    Oregon is my home state but I don't usually think "home=dirt." I like the idea, though.

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  • hi

    April 15, 2019

    The "char" thing was ugly no offence

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  • Ultraviolet Morgan

    April 15, 2019

    Pillows are literally already so cheap

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  • Ultraviolet Morgan

    April 15, 2019

    I could do much better with much less.

    Reply
  • Aman Nadeem

    April 15, 2019

    super amazing and cozy diys loved

    Reply
  • Aman Nadeem

    April 15, 2019

    the neon light omg 8 dollars
    in pakistan its Rs 50 which is 0.75 dollars

    Reply
  • Denise T

    April 15, 2019

    Shabby cheap!
    Now let's get nose rings!

    Reply
  • Brianna Knoell

    April 15, 2019

    Lol everything looked like complete shit.

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  • a c i d

    April 15, 2019

    Gosh this girl needs jenerationdiy, not buzzfeed for this. $300 is a lot for a college student.

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  • megan lucas

    April 15, 2019

    the metal grid is a brilliant idea!

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  • Divyansh Arya

    April 15, 2019

    Yo. Why is her voice so deep tho.

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  • i want 10,000 subscribers plzz can i have them

    April 15, 2019

    Charlotte's voice kinda reminds me of Rachel from rclbeauty101

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  • Fatima Qadar

    April 15, 2019

    Why are people in the comments so negative geez I love her work

    Reply
  • SR Emu

    April 15, 2019

    Still a big mess!

    Reply
  • Debbie Bonner

    April 15, 2019

    Good job!

    Reply
  • Ylli Muhtari

    April 15, 2019

    bitch decor room

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  • G Garbett

    April 15, 2019

    When I was in college, tuition only cost $300. Uphill. Both ways.

    Reply
  • Larissa Curran

    April 15, 2019

    It’s not that bad, but it’s bad

    Reply
  • asif khan

    April 15, 2019

    i gave her 300 dollar to fuk her in this craby messy room

    Reply
  • Lisa Donayre Oliveira

    April 15, 2019

    This was the least satisfying room makeover I have seen on this channel.. The room just ended up becoming more cluttered and seems smaller than what it used to look like before.. Thumbs down.

    BRING BACK ASHLEY!

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