House Tour: Crashing My Sister’s Pad

My sister, Brianna, has been living away for close to two years now! She first lived in Georgia for a year and now is in Connecticut. Her husband’s job has them on the move for a couple of years. We are a very close knit family so her living away is definitely tough. Especially when she has such cute nieces and nephews. Thanks to modern technology there is a lot of Face Time and keeping in touch.

Winter Outside Time

I have been pestering my sister for some time to send me photos of her place so I can share them all with you. I have been dying to get my hands on photos, because this girl is all about the DIY. She hasn’t even been married a year, they haven’t even lived in their apartment for a year and she has already made it a home. Brianna and her husband built furniture the good old fashioned way- hand saw and hammer.

Living Room: Dresser to TV Console

This is one shot of her living room. The TV console was a rummage sale find. It was actually a cherry dresser and they gave it this awesome finish to make it look like gray, weathered wood. The center drawer was removed to hold the cable box. The chairs flanking each side were old hand-me down chairs she painted and recovered. The mirror is actually surrounded by clothespins! The bar stools in the background got a fresh coat of paint too.

Living Room

Mantle with DIY Art Work

I love her mantle! It is so her. The framed print is actually a gift from me! It is an Irish Marriage Blessing with their wedding date. Any guesses one what there last name starts with? The D is a giant cardboard letter she found at Joann Fabrics. Our Joann’s doesn’t carry them (boohoo), but you can order them online. She just painted it for a pop of color. The chevron print is a Goodwill find. She taped off a chevron pattern right over the existing print and then painted it white. Remove tape and voila! The little sis was actually an art major in college and that canvas painting is all her. Don’t you just love those colors?

Living Room: DIY console, Gallery Wall

She shot this photo from her loft. She has a gallery wall just full of meaningful things. Most of the frames are second-hand finds that got a coat of white paint for a fresh look. The couch is their one and only splurge. A giant, comfy number from Crate & Barrel. Tucked behind the couch is a console table that she and the hubs made. It is actually two tables put together. Let me give you a better view.

Living Room: Gallery Wall & DIY Console

DIY Console Table

They are a talented little duo aren’t they? I really wanted to give you a closer view of the gallery wall too.

Thrifty Gallery Wall

The “<3 life” is painted on burlap. Simple and cheap. There are quite a few frames filled with scrapbook paper to add color and pattern. Brianna found the LUCKY Bingo card at some sort of craft fair. She put a heart around the 17 since they were married March 17. Fitting, right?

Thrifty Gallery Wall

The mirror was actually a second-hand find and it was a clock! She just gave it a coat of paint and popped out the clock and popped in a mirror. The moose print she ordered from an Etsy shop, but I don’t have the details.

Thrifty Gallery Wall

Yes, her husband went sky diving. I prefer my feet on the ground ;). Once again, more paint and burlap (LOVE).

Living room

Nothing about this says apartment living to me. Right? Oh, perhaps my most favorite project is sneaking into the picture on the left.

DIY Console Out of Benches

Would you ever believe that those were two ordinary, hand-me down benches? You know, those farm style benches you see all the time with the white legs and the butcher block tops. They basically built a base, cut down the legs, attached them and gave them an awesome dose of yellow and voila: console table. I just love it. You gotta remember folks that they don’t have a garage or a work space or access to power tools. Just creativity and elbow grease.

When it comes to their kitchen, I have got to say: apartment life has them pretty spoiled. I don’t even have a tile back splash, fancy counter tops and stainless steel appliances.


Fancy, huh? I hope sharing my sister’s home and super creative ideas has inspired you.

House Tour: #DIY Home on a #Budget

What is your favorite part?

And while you are here, I wanted to let you know that I have been nominated for a blogging award over at Circle of Moms- “Top 25 Creative Moms”. If you like what you find here at Balancing Home, have been inspired, connected or enjoyed a free printable here or there I would really appreciate it if you took a moment and clicked on over to vote. No registration is necessary. You can vote daily until Jan. 30. Thanks in advance.


Sharing this project at: Thrifty Decor Chick-Before and After Party

  • StayAtHome -ista

    They are crazy talented! My favorite is the yellow moose head art int eh gallery wall, love that pop of color:)

    • Megan Bray

      I love that gallery wall too! She found that moose on Etsy.

  • Melissa Sustarsic

    So jealous of that kitchen! Super cute space! I think I like the yellow table the best :)

    • Megan Bray

      Me too! I was so impressed when she showed me what she had made.

  • James

    That unnamed husband seems amazing! You’re a very lucky sister-in-law to have him in the family!

    • Megan Bray

      Yes, that unnamed husband is something 😉

  • Heidi McCarty Milton

    Congratulations, Megan!! No big surprise to me — ;-). Love your sister’s creative flair — that’s some apartment they’re in!! Thanks for sharing ~ xo Heidi

    • Megan Bray

      Yes, she has quite the creative flair. Cannot wait to see what she does when she gets her very own house.