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Apr 26, 2013
College Life

College is an exciting experience that opens your mind and views to a lot of different things. You have a chance to start fresh and be whoever you want to be. In some cases, students go off to college and come back with new mindsets, style, etc. This isn't a bad thing, it just means that you've experienced more in your life and have lived on your own away from home.You may have met new friends that changed your way of thinking or your personality. You also may have gotten into a new style of clothing or dyed your hair. This is all normal and part of finding out who you are and who you want to be while away at school.When you come back home to live for the summer, you may walk in to your old room with an eery feeling. Was this really you who painted the walls pepto-bismol pink and pasted the ponies all over it? What's up with that old pillowcase and de-fuzzed fleece throw? It may be time for a tune-up to match the new you. If you feel like a stranger in your own room, that may be because what you like has changed - even if it's just temporarily.If you want to make your room more 'you' when you come home to live for the summer, here's a few ways to spruce up your space to make it more up to date.

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1) Move your furniture around - If you're on a budget and don't feel like buying new items for your room, moving your furniture around is a great alternate choice. Maybe the stuff you have in your room is already great, you just need a little change. Try moving your bed to an opposite wall (ask someone for help - don't hurt yourself!) and move your TV to a different location. Maybe add a few updated pictures to your frames - a fresh you needs a fresh start!

2) Arts & Crafts = Win - No matter how old I get, I will always have at least one hand-painted and generously sprinkled sparkle frame in my room somewhere. Sure, buying stuff for your room is convenient and great, but there's nothing like a personalized, homemade touch to brighten up your home! I used the square mountable shelves found at Target and placed them on my wall, leveled off. I then went to Michael's (you can go to any craft store) and picked up two very basic, unfinished photo frames. I just used my favorite wood-durable paints and painted them bright colors. Then, I topped them off with sparkly sticker letters and other items to match what the photo was about. They may be a little cheesy- but I wouldn't trade them in for anything. They make great gifts, too!

3) Re-purposing-There's 10,000.5 tutorials on Pinterest now a days with excellent ideas on how to use old, broken items and turn them into functional and amazing decor. If you're trying to create an edgy yet modern approach, head to your nearest thrift store or garage sale and find an old vintage mirror. Cover the glass with plastic and tape off the edges with painter's tape. Then you can either give the mirror's outer edges a rustic, worn appeal with sand paper and stain, or spray paint the entire outside with neon spray paint! For a nifty headboard, try taking some old shutters (you can find these at any junk-yard, just be careful when searching) and sanding them down. Paint a few coats of stain on them and let them dry. Then you can hang them up either vertically or horizontally behind your bed as a rustic and modern headboard. Old lamps, stained dressers, etc - the list goes on! And they're fun to do, too. Just make sure that you're in a well ventilated area so you can get some fresh air.Have any other ideas on how to spruce up an old room? Share your budget friendly tips!Image from here. Check out her awesome rustic headboard tutorial!

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