Elegant Seaside Living Room

The Double Take team re-creates a $35,000 elegant seaside living room for less than $3,000.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAgainst the wall in the inspiration room is a custom-made, midcentury reproduction buffet table with ivory lacquer finish and antiqued mirror backing. The piece is valued at $5,100. The makeover rendition was made for only $159.
Jamie starts by building the body of the buffet out of cabinet-grade plywood then attaches molding around the edges. He then makes raised-panel door frames and cuts the wood for the decorative door frames. All the pieces are sanded, primed and painted with a semi-gloss enamel to give them a nice sheen.

Instead of using smoked glass, smoked acrylic is used because it is less expensive than glass and won't break. Mirror mastic is used to glue the acrylic mirror to the inside of the door frame. Finally, the detail pieces are fastened on top of the acrylic to create the decorative, patterned doors.

Tip: When gluing mirrors to any surface, be sure to use adhesive made especially for mirrors. Some adhesives can eat away at the mirror's coating.