The design team takes a bedroom from uninspiring to incredible on a $1,000 budget.
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Aaron Axelrod would not only like a creative and stimulating space, but also a lounge area that allows him to hang out with his friends. His mother, Stephanie, hopes that a new space will bring him home more often as well. Host Lee Snijders visits Axelrod and finds that the room doesn't reflect his personality or artistic style. Getting rid of some haphazardly-placed furniture and outdated window treatments will help. The team will create more ambiant lighting and display Axelrod's art to help give this space the edgy atmosphere that he craves.
The boring bedroom is given a brand-new look with a contemporary edge. Here's how the design team makes it happen on the $1,000 budget:
- The white walls are painted a subtle gray for a cool backdrop to Axelrod's art.
- Design coordinator Charles Burbridge gives the existing mirror leaning against the wall a new frame on wheels. A piece of medium-density fiberboard (mdf) is cut larger than the mirror and painted gray. It's framed out with black-painted 1" x 4" pine planks. The mirror is then attached to the mdf with steel mirror clips, which are hidden behind more painted pine pieces. Steel wheels are added to the bottom to make the mirror mobile. More on mirrors
- Design coordinator Summer Baltzer creates a large padded headboard on the back wall to give the room more of a lounge feeling. First, she cuts black corduroy fabric into 13" x 13" squares. Next, to create an interesting texture, she lays out the squares with some facing up and others facing down then stitches them back together to form one piece of fabric. Finally, she staples 1"-thick foam and batting around a piece of 1/2" plywood, then wraps the piece with the corduroy fabric and staples it to the back.
- Snijders builds custom storage pieces to frame the bed. He creates a cove effect around the bed with four big boxes--nightstands next to the head and foot of the bed and two shelves hung above. He cuts openings in the floor of the shelves to accommodate lighting. All four pieces are painted black.
- The black, white and gray color scheme is set off with red pillows and upholstered ottomans.
- Other new pieces include a contemporary glass-topped desk, black area rug and graphic-patterned bedding.
Built-ins — $320 (tables, shelves and headboard)
Accessories — $309
- pillows: Target — 067080967, 067080326
- rug: Target — Black / 066040237
- pillows: IKEA — Vinde, 14584
- magazine file: IKEA — Kassett, 10606
- plate: IKEA — Gastabud, 20035107
- frame: Aaron Brothers - 0000415323 black
Furniture — $222
- glass computer desk: Advanced Liquidators
- chair: IKEA — Herman, 10666
Window treatment and bedding - $124
- Roman shade: IKEA - Varlok, Blue 11358
- bedding: IKEA - Kila, 100.585.66
Paint supplies — $25
- paint: Behr - 780F-5 Anonymous
Project Total — $1,000
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