Luxurious Living Room On A Budget

If you have upscale taste, you might think it's hard to get a high-end look on a budget. Host Karen McAloon proves it can be done in a sitting room remake that oozes elegance.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe original wood floorboards were laid in a pattern that creates a border around the room.
To draw attention to that detail, Hirsch applied a dark gel stain to create a faux inlaid wood border. To get a saturated, even coat she used a thick paintbrush that tapers to a narrow edge. Gel stain adheres to any varnished surface; since this will be walked on, Hirsch applied a layer of varnish over the stain to protect it from chipping.