Two college freshmen at Texas State University will be lounging in luxury this semester after giving their 16×16 square-foot dorm room an incredible makeover.
Skylar Bantz and Adeline Vela spent 10 hours decorating their dorm room in a residence that has the nickname of ‘Scary’ Sterry Hall.
With the help of six other friends and family members they moved truck-fulls of furniture into the small space.
The transformation wasn’t cheap. The 18-year-old freshmen spent $1,200 each to get the room of their dreams.
Their new home is complete with a faux brick wall, two loft beds with customized headboards, white dressers, a TV, mini-fridge and coffee station, as well as two faux marble desks and a vanity.
Skylar’s mom, Sheila Ybarra, posted before and after photos on Facebook that have received heaps of praise and even sparked some jealousy from alumni.
Impressive dorm room makeover cost the two college roommates $1,200 each
A marble printed flame-retardant removable wallpaper covers the girls’ desks. They used the same sticker-like wallpaper for a faux brick wall
The loft bed added four extra feet, leaving room for a dresser, television, printer, mini-fridge, and coffee machine
The desk chairs that came with the room are sitting in storage at a friend’s home. They’ve been replaced with clear monogram seats
College roommates Skylar Bantz (left) and Adeline Vela (right) moved into their dorm room in ‘Scary’ Sterry Hall at Texas State University
Adeline’s mom made custom headboards and the bedding is from Bed Bath and Beyond
Neither of the roommates had seen the 16×16 square-foot room prior to move-in day but were only given the dimensions.
Skylar, a biology major, and Adeline, a psychology major, decided to be roommates after meeting in an online chat group.
They spent the summer coordinating a plan of action in group texts with their mothers. Skyler’s mom, Sheila, helped pioneer the makeover and said they started with a blank canvas, came up with a color palette they liked and hit the stores.
‘We had to come to the room prepared with a lot of vision and just cross our fingers that it would work! We were lucky it did,’ Sheila said.
The bulk of items, including bedspreads, pillows, and furniture were purchased at retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and IKEA. Other decorations were ordered on Amazon.
Perhaps the biggest attraction in the room is the faux brick wall made from flame-retardant removable wallpaper that acts like a sticker. The same wallpaper covers their desks with a sleek marble pattern.
To save space, the girls swapped out furniture and replaced it with rented loft beds, provided by an outside retailer recommended by the university. The beds offer four feet of added space underneath where their dressers, TV, printer, mini-fridge and coffee station sit.
The original desk chairs that came with the room are being stored at a friend’s home since being replaced by clear monogram seats.
The hanging light (pictured) was removed because it was considered a fire hazard in the dorm
A team of eight family and friends of both of the roommates worked for 10 hours, climbing up four flights of stairs for the move
They spent 30 minutes cleaning off mold from a vent
Skylar’s family rented an SUV to haul all of the decorations and furniture from Houston to San Marcos, Texas
Skylar is pictured hugging her mom Sheila, who helped pioneer the makeover
Sterry Hall is nicknamed Scary Hall and is nearly 50 years old
Skylar’s family drove three hours in a rented SUV to haul the decorations and furniture from Houston. Adeline came two hours from Waco.
Sheila said that it was an exhausting day for everyone, especially having to continually walk up four flights of stairs to move everything. Because the dorm is so old, there are no elevators and ‘that was the hardest part about decorating’.
The team of eight even cleaned off black mold that was growing on a vent.
To make the place feel extra homey, they added tons of light. But after a room check, they had to remove one hanging lamp because it was a fire hazard.
Comments from former Sterry Hall residence expressed shock and admiration for the 50-year old dorm. One user commented ‘I used to live in Sterry Hall and this goes to show what creativity and a little TLC can do to a room.’ Another Facebook user said: ‘I stayed in these dorms back in 2007 for a week for cheer camp and they haven’t changed. That’s scary..you totally made them cool.’
The University has even contacted the girls about taking pictures of the room for their website.
In a Facebook comment Skylar said: ‘Both me and my roommate are super happy with how it turned out.’