Exotic Dining Room

These homeowners have a dining room disguised as a playroom. The Design on a Dime team transforms it back into a formal dining room that can still function as an open space to play.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionDrums, toys and a lack of a dining table define this space.
Ravi and Jerusha Belles have an elegant Beverly Hills apartment that fits their chic style, if you don't count their dining room. They want to bring in a bold new style that reflects Ravi's Indian heritage. The Design on a Dime team turns this empty room into an exotic dining room where the family can share meals together.

The Dilemma
Although this room is the dining room, the homeowners use it mostly as a play area. Drums, toys and a lack of a dining table define this space. The room has good bones and architectural details. Design coordinator Kahi Lee is happy to see the homeowners are not afraid of bold colors; they do like jewel tones and shiny things that reflect light. What they would like is to have a proper dining room where they can eat together as a family and entertain guests.

For all available product information, click on the After photo of the room.
The Cost

Table – $240

  • plywood (4812BI, 1/2-inch Birch plywood) – Anawalt Lumber
  • MDF (#: MDFLW1, 1-inch Ultra light MDF) – Studio Supply & Recycling
  • reclaimed wood (3x5-inch planks) – B&B Lumber
  • stain (631457, Minwax water-based stain, American Walnut finish) – Anawalt Lumber
  • clear resin (014804782000, 2-part epoxy glaze, sometimes called bar top resin or bar coat) – The Home Depot
  • embossed tin (309, Design 309 in a tin finish) – Classic Ceilings

Chandelier – $100
  • chandeliers (30103266, 12-inch diameter Rimfrost style pendant lamp chandeliers with beads) – Ikea
  • beads (400020866592, beaded tie-back tassels) – Ross
  • beads – The Bead Factory
  • light kits (10175810, Hemma style cord sets) – Ikea

Paint and stenciling – $149
  • paint, Behr, upper walls (740C-2, Cozy Cottage), lower walls (750B-6, Tree Bark) – The Home Depot
  • paint, for the ceiling and stenciling (ME200, Modern Masters metallic paint, Pale Gold) – Mark?s Paint Store, Inc.
  • stencils above the chair rail (SEC0003, Victorian Valance stencil) – Stencil Ease
  • stencils, Stencil Decor, on corbels (28995277467, Classic Scroll), top of the wall (28995268267, Alhambra Tapestry) – Michaels

Chair rail – $30
  • MDF (4834MDFL, 3/4-inch MDF board ultra light) – Anawalt Lumber

Drapes and canopy – $164
  • fabric for drapes (iridescent purple and gold raw silk), (solid eggplant colored cotton); canopy (sheer iridescent coppery gold), (sheer pale gold fabric with sequins)
    – Michael Levine, Inc.
  • rods to hang canopy (19383, 5/8x48-inch wooden dowel rods) – Lowe?s

Cushion reupholster – $16
  • fabric (wine colored velvet with floral pattern) – Michael Levine, Inc.

Accessories – $301
  • accessories (1272100165285, off-white ceramic elephant), (1433200166645, tall pewter toned candlesticks), wall sconces (2133450133118, gold tone) – Big Lots
  • candles (085209, 3 x 6-inch off-white Aspen Flower scented pillars), (085187, 3x4-inch off-white Aspen Flower scented pillars) – Pier 1 Imports
  • mirrors (005992715, Baxter style rectangular gold-framed accent mirrors) – Bombay Company

Total – $1,000