Artist's Studio

Host Joan Steffend and designer Guy Banks lighten up a dining and living room with a neutral palette and a contemporary style.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe living room now feels like a functioning space where this artist can showcase his art.
The maroon walls are covered up with a golden taupe color to lighten the dark rooms. The fireplace is given a facelift with a fresh coat of paint on the brick and a painted hammered metal faux finish on the mantel. A few of the homeowner's photos are affixed to foam core for a floating art effect. A side table and coffee table are found at local thrift-stores. The glass-topped side table is painted black, while the coffee table is decoupaged with Chinese newspaper.

Makeover Information
$32 - Lantern
$12 - Fireplace Update
$38 - Paint
$44 - Tables
$169 - Dining Room Rug
$45 - Chairs
$74 - Display Shelf
$23 - Candles
$13 - Mantel Art
$6 - Clip Light
$15 - Lamps
$7 - Easel
$4 - Ottoman/Cushion

$496 - Total Cost