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 CaptionNext to the castle, a regal-looking bench provides more storage for toys and games.
Since the bench is made out of a bookcase turned on end, the shelves create sectioned spaces to help organize the stored items. The shelves also reinforce the bench for structurally sound seating.

Crafting your own bench is easier than you might think and these step-by-step instructions prove it.

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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