Eclectic Retro Apartment
Host Joan Steffend and designer Barbara Sculati turn a cluttered bachelor's pad into a retro-styled apartment for two.
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The living room walls are livened up with red paint, the dining room walls are painted gold and a mixture of the two colors is applied to the walls in the hallway.
The windows in both rooms are dressed with bark cloth shades attached to a leather-covered pine board valance.
The couch is updated with a new off-white slipcover. Sculati stitches men's neckties together to create two unique pillows. Faux fur is used for a stool slipcover and pillow cover.
More storage space is brought in with MDF (medium-density fiberboard) pyramid towers on top of each side table and a kidney-shaped coffee table is also created out of MDF. Sculati paints it black and adds a faux finish with silver paint and a kitchen sponge.
Two new sconces flank the sofa. Plain chandelier shades are jazzed up with faux fur trim and a white shade is embellished with cork dots for a fun polka-dot design.
More faux fur is used for shrugs on the dining room chairs and leather is used to cover the seats. A thrift-store chair is upholstered with faux snake skin.
A screen made out of bi-fold doors is used to hide the radiator.
Wall hooks are used to hold the homeowner's collection of guitars for an interesting display in the hallway.
Before these rooms were cluttered and dark. The area rugs were a stark contrast to the colorless walls. The furniture in the two rooms was mismatched and the flow between the two spaces needed some serious help.
Now these bachelors can enjoy their newly transformed retro-style apartment.
$26 - Paint
- paint for living room: Behr - Foxfire 4C8 eggshell
- paint for dining room: Behr - Honey Gold/eggshell 2B12-6
$44 - Window Treatments
$133 - Slipcover
$10 - Necktie Pillows
$7 - Faux Fur
- fake fur: Monterey Mills - Teddy Bear fur #361 White
$77 - Tower Materials
$12 - Sconces
$5 - Shade
$31 - Pole Lamp
$9 - Coffee Table
- black paint for coffee table and screen: Plaid - Apple Barrell, 20404 Black
- silver paint for coffee table and screen: Plaid - Folk Art, 873 sterling silver metallic
$13 - Screen
$5 - Chandelier Shades
$12 - Lamp Shade
- cork: Darice
$36 - Fabric
$5 - Chair
$13 - Table
- mirrors: Darice
$27 - Accessories
$4 - Fabric
$7 - Wall Hooks
$476 - Total Cost
An 800-square-foot apartment is decorated in a sleek, contemporary design.