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 CaptionSome wood framing and dark stain give the door its bulk.
The light-colored wood doors of the media cabinet have turned into castle doors that give them a heartier appearance and help them blend in with the decor. Finishing details of wood buttons that look like old nail heads and big iron handles give the doors a characteristic castle chic.

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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