This is a simple renovation, but even simple renovations can achieve great results. Judith and her family moved into an 800 sq. ft. apartment in Berlin that had layers upon layers of wallpaper and paint on the walls. Judith decided to strip the rooms down to their essentials and start fresh, with lots of beautiful bright white and a curated collection of rustic furniture pieces, art and greenery. The resulting space is airy and peaceful, with a healthy dose of homey charm. Nice work, Judith! — Kate
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Basic Steps: We had to take off almost five layers of different wallpaper in all the rooms, sand and then paint all the floors, and take off half of the wall in the kitchen to free the brickstone. In the hallway and the kitchen, we had to tear down a low ceiling as well. We used white for the walls and light grey for the floor. We used paint colors that were sold by our local DIY store; for the floor we used shiny paint and mixed the grey ourselves. Most of the furniture is from thrift stores or is old family stuff. Some things are from Ikea, as well.
For anyone thinking about renovating themselves: It’s the perfect way to create the place of your dreams. In Germany, we had four months free of lease to renovate this apartment, so basically, all the rent we saved we put into this place. — Judith