Castle-Inspired Basement

With the help of designer Frank Fontana and the Design on a Dime team, an average basement becomes a royal retreat for a sick little boy and the whole family.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionOn the kids' side of the basement is a dream of a play space.
The castle is a great place for all sorts of fun. They can put on puppet shows in the castle windows and draw all over the walls, which have been painted with chalkboard paint. Best of all, the kids can have all their toys behind the castle walls.

The Cost

Paint and supplies – $500

  • chalk board paint, $32 – The Home Depot
  • castle paint, $125 – Benjamin Moore

Castle – $540
  • plaster, $43 – The Home Depot

Soccer area – $200
  • synthetic grass, $66 – The Home Depot
  • electronic message board, $108 – Sky Mall

Throne – $150
  • headboard, $46 – Salvation Army
  • nightstand, $87 – Ikea

New furniture – $1,500
  • couch and loveseat, $970 – Value City

Storage benches – $535
  • shelves for storage bench, $192 – Ikea
  • bench fabric, $41 – Jo-Ann Stores

Photo display – $160
  • family photo display materials, $141 –The Home Depot

Media cabinet – $125
  • storage supplies, $125 – The Home Depot

Accessories – $285
  • accessories, $280 – Ikea
  • trunks, $196 – Target
  • curtains, $165 – Textile Discount Outlet

Total – $3,995
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