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 CaptionThe Walshes especially wanted a place where Colin can do his therapy without having to be taken away from all the action and excitement.
Fontana fashions a throne where Colin can survey his kingdom while attending to these important matters. And to keep his spirits up, the storage drawer below the throne holds favorite toys to help the time pass merrily.

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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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