THE ULTIMATE BEDROOM MAKEOVER + room tour


Hey guys and welcome to my new apartment! Right now we’re standing in my bedroom, as you may not be able to tell, because there’s literally no furniture in here whatsoever. Really there’s not a lot going on, but that’s kind of good for me because it’s setting the bar low, so Even if I do a crappy job taking over this place it’s gonna look better than it does right now I have four wonderful blank white walls. I have this pretty decent sized window. I have a little closet in one corner; This wall, which is just completely blank. So that’s super exciting. And then this wall which has the door, which is also super exciting. The only furniture that I have right now is this sad little foam mat that’s on the floor with my bedding. Pretty much the only thing that I hate about this place is the carpet. I know I sound dramatic, but it’s absolutely fucking disgusting… It’s just like so many colors, like, pick a color to be. Probably the real reason I hate it is just because it’s giving me PTSD to my high school, in which all the rooms were covered with this carpet. So there are a lot of awkward memories attached to that, A lot of unrequited crushes, A lot of acne in unfortunate places on my face. First step, is going to be going to Home Depot [And I said it] Not even on the 405 yet, why is there traffic? It’s 1 pm on a Thursday??? Oh, I love LA. [it’s not about personality matrixels and charts. It’s all about the b-bumps in your heart] Alright guys, I just got back from the Home Depot My makeup and my dignity are nowhere to be found. My bank account is not happy with me because it turns out that power tools and carpet kind of add up. I will say though the men at Home Depot are amongst the nicest people with a y-chromosome I’ve ever met in LA. Two Scandinavian guys who were parked next to me helped me boot these giant ass carpets into my car. I also saw this guy who looked like he was straight out of an Abercrombie catalog returning a single plank of wood. So I’m gonna take a shower now. I’m gonna eat some cereal, because that is the only food that I own currently, and then I’ll catch up with you guys, and we’ll start putting together this room. Hey guys, so I’m a back from the shower and I’m wearing this exciting, new, other white t-shirt. I apologize that my outfit are not gonna be cute in this video. You either get home improvement Ashley or fashion Ashley There’s no intersection of the two. First thing we’re gonna do is move out my pseudo bed… Depressing ass situation. We’re gonna move that out of the room. We’re gonna bring in the rug. Feels mildly sexual and I don’t know why… Just kidding, this never happens to me. There he is. But not bad So to explain what’s going on here basically my room is the most inconvenient set of dimensions possible It’s thirteen point seven five feet by eleven point two five point. I honestly don’t know who the fuck designed this So in order to cover this entire ugly-ass carpet, I bought two eight foot by 10 foot rubs Now the problem here is that no matter how you configure these two routes. They will not cover the entire room however there is enough total square footage between the two carpets so my plan is I’m gonna unfurl one of the rows and I’m just gonna leave it as is and then the other rug is going to be my Torture victim and unfortunately, I’m going to cut it apart with a box cutter. I am so sorry for this rug and its family members Because you’re about to watch a murder on the screen. I feel like Gustavo on Breaking Bad [Gustavo: you do this, All you have left is an eight million dollar hole in the ground] This is going to be so painful, this feels so wrong After I cut the carpet to size and put it in place I just kind of juzzed the edges where the two carpets met a little bit to make that seem less noticeable And then I just repeated that process for the remaining pieces of the carpet. Nothing too complicated One thing I did pay special attention to though was that the knots on this carpet are going in a certain direction You can see it if you flip the carpet over and there are these ridges So I made sure that those rows went the same direction lengthwise across my entire room So next up we’re just gonna start bringing in some furniture. I’ve bought me some furniture from some really random ass places so far I have this big ass mirror that I got off of Craigslist I also have this desk from Ikea it was only three dollars, which is super freakin affordable And then I also have some shelves that are in the same style that I’m gonna build So an unseen disadvantage of this carpet is I think I dropped a screw somewhere and It’s literally impossible to find this bitch because she is so thick. When it will inevitably stab into my foot, I guess I’ll find it then I have a bunch of mirrors and plants that are actually from Damon from the Travel Channel Damon Joe I don’t know if you guys know them They’re like the best fuckin travel youtubers but they’re actually moving out of LA So they left me some plants to take care of and also some really lovely decor. So thank you so much Damon for that You guys today is What fucking day is it? you officially know that it’s summer when you can’t remember what day of the week it is It’s Tuesday. It’s about four days since I’ve moved -wait- Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Apparently I can’t do math either so good thing. I’m a film major It is six days after I moved in I have been sleeping on the floor like a fucking badger I had a guy over and I had to explain that there was literally no furniture is my room But we may do that is too much information. Anyway, as you can see my bed has just arrived today initially I was really set on building one myself and I spent like six hours of watching YouTube tutorials I online but the problem with living Alone and being weak is that I would have to take the entire bed once I built it outside into the back of my apartment in order to do with the furnish and then I have to bring the assembled bed all the way back up the stairs and into This apartment which given the fact that I haven’t exercised in about four years is damn near impossible anyways Because I did want to save fifty dollars and not have to pay the delivery man to us and will this for me? I’m assembling it myself and turns out that unlike IKEA furniture. It doesn’t fucking come with a manual So I’m just gonna wing it as I go along So today is Thursday Officially a week since I moved in another day another who plain white shirt and shorts because my outfits are popping in this video honestly the room looks are really good from this angle but um There’s actually just like a pile of random crap on the floor Because I’ve been that awkward in-between stage where I’m still trying to organize all of my stuff Anyway, so today we are tackling this wall behind me. I decided I’m gonna try to install a faux brick wall This faux brick wall idea by the way is almost completely ripped off TheSorryGirls Hi Kelsey and Becky. If you’re watching this. Kelsey and Becky are actually lowkey my bosses because I take two years for them as well I’ll link the original video below. It’s gonna be way more professional than whatever the fuck I end up doing here But basically what we’re doing is burning a brick pattern into some Styrofoam sheets So I have my measurements of my wall written out on this sheet of paper And I’m gonna try my best to kind of Tetris these pieces into the shape of the wall that I need So I started out this project by cutting my styrofoam to size And yes I am using a sewing tape measure and a small ruler to do this because I didn’t want to pay like an extra $20 for proper measuring tools hardware stores, usually carry eight foot long sheets of styrofoam insulation, which would make this process so much easier But I had to buy smaller ones so they would actually fit in the trunk of my car The one upside is that these pre-cut pieces are a lot cheaper This is 3/4 inch thick styrofoam and it only cost me around $30 for enough to cover my entire wall Once I had a panel cut to size. I started tracing out the brick pattern I first traced out rows that were four inches apart then cut a brick template out of cardboard Any random cardboard box you have lying around from your excessive online shopping will work for this I just cut out a template that was four inches tall by eight inches wide and I added a line down the middle which will Help us later when we’re laying down that alternating brick pattern Sorry for the hideous lighting, by the way, it’s like nighttime now because tracing that out of me way longer than I expected I am probably going to be up to like 2:00 a.m. Tonight, but now it is time to use this thingy This is a plastic welding tool that I got of Amazon for like $25 Which was definitely way too much to spend on a tool that I’ll literally never use again But it basically just like heats up and then this triangle will hopefully melt my styrofoam for me I would highly recommend going outside if you can but first of all I didn’t want to get caught filming outside by my attractive neighbours and second of all I live on the second floor and I don’t have an extension cord large enough to go down the entire staircase So we’re gonna make do by just opening the windows and blowing event fans I’m not gonna get cancer lose a good like two years off my life span by doing this but I’m gonna have a really good Fabric wall for about twelve months while i live here so. After about an hour of burning styrofoam and and a good 200 dead brain cells later I genuinely Felt like I wanted to throw up so I took a break for the night and woke up fresh and ready in the morning to Do exactly the same thing all over again as I was melting the design I made sure to line up adjacent pieces of styrofoam and melt right over the edge of the two pieces So the design would match up exactly and help minimize the appearance of the scene Next it was time to add some brick texture you can get pretty creative with this You can go all Jackson Pollock on it if you want But my main techniques were tapping the styrofoam light week to create at least tiny little dents and then dragging the tool quickly across the surface To get rid of that bubbly looking styrofoam texture lastly I went in with a coat of white semi-gloss latex paint as I was painting I purposefully let some of that black sharpie show through in some spots because I felt like it helped create an illusion of a Three-dimensional kind of worn in slightly dirty looking brick wall. I I am about halfway through painting and I realized like an idiot I didn’t buy enough paint, what I didn’t count for is that styrofoam was a thirsty ass bitch and she absorbs a lot of paint I put like a thick coat on I like yeah, it’s white, but it’s still to me looks very Clearly styrofoam me. It doesn’t really have like that painted texture that I really want to get So that means that I’m gonna go to Home Depot for the third time in a single week And now a brief intermission for the least informative clothing rack tutorial of all time So I just finished the second coat of paint and I’ve changed into something cuter because I realize that my outfits are getting a little Depressing in this video. I still have paint on my knees though. So that’s couture So the first step is gonna be to measure out these things, these are rods. It’s what they’re called. Okay. Oh, I should probably have a sharpie I don’t wanna get up though uh I just So apparently if you don’t have a Sharpie You can just use some scissors to to Nick it and then you won’t have to get up because you’re a lazy piece of shit The fucking worst type of packaging by the way, okay So from what I hear, from what the kids on the street are saying is that you just unscrew this thingy to fit your pipe and then you just Give a little that action. It’s like a little pizza cutter but for pipes. Oh we have breakage this seems kinda short For a clothing rack, but we’re gonna go for it since I’ve cut this piece now I’m gonna pull you guys in for a nice shot on my crotch here so you can see what I’m doing Oh god, that’s very crotchal. Oh One blister later we have all of the pieces cut so now all we really have to do is assemble it using these little Connect nub-aroos I did a super bad job of explaining this next part on camera But basically I just use an epoxy glue to secure all of the pipe nubbins to the connecting nub-aroos The official terms and then after drying overnight, this is what I looked like All right now back to that brick wall Because I wasn’t trying to blow like $50 on command strips I ended up using this blue putty it’s what I used to use as a kid all the time back in my day Before your kids came in and give command strips and betweens and socialism for extra security I did use a couple command strips just at key locations Like where two pieces of styrofoam overlapped before I laid in the last pieces of faux brick I installed curtain rod holders on either side of the window and then cut a small slit in the styrofoam So it would fit over nicely Lastly I went back in again with some paint laying a pretty generous amount over the lines were two pieces of styrofoam net to minimize The appearance of those seams and make it look hopefully more like one big brick wall and out some random-ass pieces of styrofoam stuck together I Spent the next few weeks Procrastinating editing this video and I mean putting up some finishing touches on the room which in all seriousness Was quite a task when you’re as cripplingly indecisive as I am I also went hunting for some furniture and my local thrift stores added a frankly excessive number of plants Finally moved all my crap off the ground and onto the shelves and of course hid all the random shit that I still didn’t want You guys to see in this video under my bed. It’s about three weeks later And I finally finally have the room exactly the way I like it. So why don’t you follow me and I’ll show you around Just gonna move the camera cuz I don’t have a camera man So let’s start on this side of the room which might be familiar to some of you guys from my videos This is my little like filming modeling corner I wanted something with a relatively plain background so I could film all of my outfit videos and shoot clothing for my website But I didn’t want it to like scream to visitors that I spend all day taking videos of myself So this is a compromise that we’ve reached on this side. We have this freaking gorgeous mirror that I got from Damon I was thinking about trying to hang it up on the wall, but it’s so heavy I was honestly really scared it would tear out my dry wall So for now She’s just staying on the floor just in case you want to Look at yourself while you’re laying on the carpet as one does over here We have our lovely clothing rack which has managed to not fall apart on me yet. So that’s great I just hung up some of my favorite and most worn clothing pieces And also whatever made like an aesthetically pleasing color palette now a little farther over I just wanted to show you guys this piece of artwork you guys might remember this from my last apartment I took a lot of art classes as a kid everything else I’ve ever drawn or painted has just ended up in a pile under My childhood bed never to be seen by the light again except for this piece over here we have my little closet corner in the room as you guys saw before I have this big-ass mirror for Ikea this handsome little Planty boy from Damon. I actually tied a little ribbon around his pod it helped tie in but don’t The plant with the rest of the room. Okay over here. I have the shelf from Ikea that’s kind of like an accessories wall random crap shelf I have some bags some shoes some plants, obviously And a little shelf for my makeup because I didn’t have room for a vanity or anything like that So in order to get ready every morning I just pop this ball on this carpet and then as a final touch for this side of the room because I felt like it Looked a little bit plain I bought some extra curtains from Ikea and I just pinned them up at the top of the roll using a thumbtacks It’s a plain white but it still has some texture adds a little bit of dimension without being too overwhelming this Is where the magic happens and by magic, I mean hours and hours of editing and also sex Um, this chair is a new little addition to my room I knew I was on the lookout for a big comfy chair because this space just felt a little bit empty and also it’s right Next to my closet and I don’t know about you guys but every single time I try to put an outfit together I end up with a mountain of clothes and that mountain had either been Ending up on my floor or on my bed, and then I have to clean it all up before I could go to sleep So like the master procrastinator that I am I figured if I have this chair I can put all of my clothes on the chair then just go to Sleep, you know deal with cleaning out my shit a lot later I would also say this is a nice little cozy reading nook But if we’re being honest, I haven’t finished a book in years So really what it is an armchair for sipping tea scrolling through memes probably doing a lot of editing Oh, and I almost forgot to mention I got this chair from Council thrift stores for $50, which is honestly such a steal I also put this little planty boi here There is a distinct chance that I’m gonna kick this over at some point in my sleep But that is something we’re gonna deal with when we get to it up here I also have a few travel themed things like a piece of hipster shit that I am There’s this big map of Los Angeles courtesy of Damon and then next to it There’s this retro California license plate that I got from the Melrose trading post paid like $15 for it Which is too much for a fucking crusty license plate, but I think it looks really cute Alright this side of the room is obviously home to artisanal faux brick wall dare I say it’s so nice that it was actually worth all the brain cells that I lost from inhaling styrofoam fumes No, probably not but it’s close. Anyways, I freakin love this wall I feel like I’m transported to Soho or Tribeca or anywhere That’s not this sketchy-ass building that I live in we do have one new addition, which is this little fan Which is vastly ill-equipped to actually keep me cool in a top-floor apartment without a/c but he’s trying his best So thank you and that brings us to our final side of the room. This section is kind of my workspace It has my desk and my shelf from Ikea holding all of my kind of work stuff and also an excessive number of plants I have this huge bag of receipts because I hoard receipts like a madman my filming equipment most of which is missing right now because I’m actually using it to film this video a sewing machine that one of my subscribers gave me that I still need to learn how To use and some packing materials and of course a little trash can because that’s exciting great over here at my desk I ended up changing out the chair I used to have that little wooden one But I felt like it was too many hard materials Like the Shelf is metal and glass the desk is metal and glass and then the wood was also kind of hard if that makes sense, so I changed it out for this zebra chair that I actually found on the street for free I live in a college town and all the students have been like in a mass migration out of Westwood in the past couple weeks So they just leave their furniture on the street and then desperate people like me come and pick it up Does it have lice or bed bugs? Maybe? I don’t know, but it was free It is a little bit loud for my usual tastes. I would never buy this on my own but I honestly really loved it I feel like it gives the room kind of like a vintage Safari vibe Right, and I guess that brings us to the end of this video. Thank you so much for watching this entire Journey, I said it before but I’ll say it again I am so excited and lucky to have a place of my own where I can just be Creative a place that I can really call home. And yeah, I’m just so happy with how it turned out a huge Thank you to you guys for making it possible for me to actually pay rent on A room of my own really for making it possible for me to buy any of this stuff. So I really appreciate that Thank you so much for watching those ads and helping me pay my rent. I can’t wait to film more videos in here I can’t wait to live here for the next year, and thank you so much for watching. See you guys next week. Bye

100 comments

  1. Okay I was watching this and it didn’t process this was an old video and she said she had a dude over and I was like wait David???

  2. ur so talented, in so many ways. AND SIS THAT DRAWING!!!! OMG:)))😍😍😍its so beautiful Ashley. The room and ur skills n fashion, wow.

  3. You should give that fluffy rug a nice cleaning! BTW good job for doing all those things by yourself!!!!!!!!!

  4. Fun fact you can get free cardboard from Sally's😂 they get shipment once a week and the cardboard will just go to the dump.

  5. Hahahhaa I love the random fact that you just pick up a furniture from the street and it was free you are the best, love you

  6. I just want to say that I cannot believe you did all of this without the help of a man!!! Cuz I would have had my bf building those shelves and installing that carpet!!!! Lol. You really are wonder woman

  7. Future notice: you can go to a carpet store, and get a remnant for cheaper than those generic Home Depot rugs. Bigger selection, higher quality carpet and they can usually cut it to size for your room.

  8. Are you a student? because if not, why do you not know the day of the week, or think "summer is vacation"? (real life disabuses one of that idea very quickly!). If a student, where is all this money for new stuff coming from? When I was poor and broke, I got furniture second hand (third, fourth, fifth hand) from friends or family….garbage picked clean stuff off the street….and/or went to garage and yard sales to score things like desks or dresser, lamps, etc.

    Creating all that faux brick stuff for an APARTMENT makes no sense.Landlords HATE that stuff, btw.If you absolutely MUST….they make 4×8 panels of light weight molded plastic "faux brick".

    BTW: if you LIKE IKEA, that's fine, but it isn't actually all that cheap….it's flimsy….you have to assemble it yourself. It's so shoddy, it falls apart. It's a false idea that it's a good value; it isn't.

  9. The one practical, simple, USEFUL thing you could have gotten at Home Depot (or bought used somewhere) would have been a CEILING FAN. They are inexpensive, even new and far more effective than a tiny plastic clip-on fan. They are easy to install, or your landlord would probably do it for you (especially if you agreed to leave it in the apartment after you move out). I'd expect the landlord, though, to be pretty unhappy that you glued styrofoam on the walls! (Hint: over time, it will chip, peel and crumble.)

    Oh — while I did say "you can trash pick some nice furnishings"….the ONE exception is upholstered furniture. You are at high risk of BEDBUGS (not so much lice). If you really love something, than put it outside or in garage, and spray with appropriate bedbug killer or have it fumigated. Most trash picked furniture is not worth that much effort, though. You are pretty safe with hard wood or metal furnishings, housewares, lamps, tools, etc.

  10. I'm probably going to get punched in the throat for this: I'm happy she has her new place and that her room is set to go, I know how it feels to get your ish done…its dope and all…but damn it's sad how many people are "impressed" by the fact that she did it all by HERSELF. She's an adult, has chose to be independent and has gone to college. She SHOULD be expected to have most of these abilities (you know like motor skills, socializing, reading, measuring, cutting, painting and pasting) especially if SOME of the pieces comes with instructions. I mean we can learn a lot easier since we have access to the Internet. Hell YouTube gives you instructions for almost everything. Sheesh! I wonder if you would be as impressed if it was a man. Probably you wouldn't because its expected for a man to assemble, handy work, paint and built, etc. Or Maybe the viewers are under 21?

  11. this is so effin crazy! the before and after, how much just by decorating your room you can bring so much life, the room looks even brighter

  12. Love how honest this is, other makeover videos make diy's look easy however yours is more realistic and you include prices.

  13. My father decided to put in a carpet which i didn't even want. I have no idea how to make my room look good :/

  14. Wait woah buddy some guy? I don’t wanna be intrusive or anything but does that mean no more David ;0

  15. You are one STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN!!! I LOVE THAT. Your parents are so proud of you. I love your fashion sense and style but i stay on your channel binge-watching you everyday because i love your personality and character. You entertains me so well, I think you are more way cooler and fun outside social media. Your friends are lucky to have you. And david too. ❤❤❤

  16. "why is there traffic?" the question is supposed to be "why tf are all the cars black?" BTW borahae, aishiteru,Te amo,i love you whatever language you prefer

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