May 30, 2024

A woman has documented her process as she transformed her little sister’s 200-square-foot New York City apartment into a luxury space in just eight hours. 

Interior designer Madison Malaga, from Texas, took to TikTok to share the DIY overhaul that was a birthday surprise for younger sister Rylee who recently moved to the city.

She said that Rylee had ‘started with nothing’ in the apartment before the makeover introduced a room divider, floating shelving, furniture, and more.

Other social media users rushed to heap praise on the transformation as well as the sisters’ bond. 

Interior designer Madison Malaga, from Texas, took to TikTok to share the DIY overhaul that was a birthday surprise for younger sister Rylee who recently moved to the city

Interior designer Madison Malaga, from Texas, took to TikTok to share the DIY overhaul that was a birthday surprise for younger sister Rylee who recently moved to the city 

She said that Rylee had 'started with nothing' in the apartment before the makeover introduced a room divider, floating shelving, furniture, and more. Pictured: Before

She said that Rylee had 'started with nothing' in the apartment before the makeover introduced a room divider, floating shelving, furniture, and more. Pictured: After

She said that Rylee had ‘started with nothing’ in the apartment before the makeover introduced a room divider, floating shelving, furniture, and more. Pictured: Before (left) and after (right) 

Madison had showcased her sister's very shocked reaction on walking into her apartment for the first time

Madison had showcased her sister’s very shocked reaction on walking into her apartment for the first time 

In the clip, which has so far been viewed more than 4.9 million times, Madison films herself throughout the process before adding narration.

‘We have to get thrifty with the decor, so when I saw these scrap pieces of wood in the trash, they could be awesome floating shelves,’ she said as she riffled through a stash of discarded offcuts.

She cleaned the boards of grime and sanded the rough patches before heading to a local hardware store.

‘It was such an interesting and fun experience – way more expensive, though.’

Madison explained: ‘[My sister] was really starting with nothing, so we had to come up with furniture and accessories, and it was a trek getting it all home.’

The clip then cut to a packed trunk full of homewares before she and her friends juggled the items in the elevator up to her sister’s flat.

Inside, the transformation continued as the content creator said: ‘We covered up her gray floors to the best of our ability, and then hung some of my favorite Roman shades using a scrap piece of wood because we do not have a tape measure.

‘We found these beautiful burrow wood frames, but didn’t have any art for them.

'We have to get thrifty with the decor, so when I saw these scrap pieces of wood in the trash, they could be awesome floating shelves,' she said as she riffled through a stash of discarded offcuts

'We have to get thrifty with the decor, so when I saw these scrap pieces of wood in the trash, they could be awesome floating shelves,' she said as she riffled through a stash of discarded offcuts

‘We have to get thrifty with the decor, so when I saw these scrap pieces of wood in the trash, they could be awesome floating shelves,’ she said as she riffled through a stash of discarded offcuts 

The clip cut to a packed trunk full of homewares before she and her friends juggled the items in the elevator up to her sister's flat

The clip cut to a packed trunk full of homewares before she and her friends juggled the items in the elevator up to her sister’s flat 

The content creator said the group hung floating shelves before 'covering up her gray floors to the best of our ability'

The content creator said the group hung floating shelves before 'covering up her gray floors to the best of our ability'

The content creator said the group hung floating shelves before ‘covering up her gray floors to the best of our ability’ 

‘We had recently thrifted this book though, so instead we just ripped some of the pages out and hung those.’ 

Madison revealed that although her sister’s apartment is only small, she wanted to ‘create separation between the bedroom and living rooms.’

‘We found a track system and hung a flat sheet that would create the separation but not take up any square footage.

‘This was so hard to drill into the ceiling because didn’t have a step ladder and kept falling over and breaking our necks trying to look up.’

Last but not least, Madison and her friends installed a statement mirror which finished the room off nicely.

The social media star, who has more than 80,000 followers on the video-sharing platform, concluded the video by showing the dramatic before and after transformation of the room.

At the end of the clip, the overlaid text in the video said: ‘Love you Rylee! Proud of you!’

Last but not least, Madison and her friends installed a statement mirror which finished the room off nicely

Last but not least, Madison and her friends installed a statement mirror which finished the room off nicely 

The social media star, who has more than 80,000 followers on the video-sharing platform, concluded the video by showing the dramatic before and after (pictured) transformation of the room

The social media star, who has more than 80,000 followers on the video-sharing platform, concluded the video by showing the dramatic before and after (pictured) transformation of the room

The social media star, who has more than 80,000 followers on the video-sharing platform, concluded the video by showing the dramatic before and after (pictured) transformation of the room 

Madison had showcased her sister’s very shocked reaction on walking into her apartment for the first time – and the sentiment was seemingly shared by viewers too.

The clip was flooded with likes and comments from other social media users cheering on the interior design makeover as well as the sisterhood.

One person wrote: ‘My jaw dropped at the reveal!!!!! Insane.’

Another person added: ‘200 square feet!? You guys made great use of the space!’

‘Y’all did amazing!!! The book page art! GENIUS,’ a third person wrote. 

A fourth person added: ‘Omggggggg it’s ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! Do you do this for a living, because if you don’t, you should. I would hire you in a second.’

‘I don’t understand how people have the natural gift to be able to do this. I’m such a terrible decorator. This is gorgeous,’ a fifth person wrote. 

The clip was flooded with likes and comments from other social media users cheering on the interior design makeover as well as the sisterhood

The clip was flooded with likes and comments from other social media users cheering on the interior design makeover as well as the sisterhood 

Another person wrote: ‘MADISON!!!!!!!!! The fact that you did this with that tiny space. You are magic.’

‘You need to start an interior design business,’ one person commented.

Another commenter wrote: ‘Great job. It’s so important to have a place that is calming and is a real home in NYC. It can be very overwhelming.’

Others commented on Madison’s deep love for her sister. 

One person wrote: ‘I would cry if someone did this for me, good job!’ 

Another person added: ‘She is so lucky to have someone who cares about her this deeply!’

A third person commented: ‘Wow. I would legit bawl my eyes out if someone did this for me.’

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