Natural, Contemporary Living Room

The Design on a Dime team fashions a natural, contemporary living room to suit an artist's vibrant lifestyle, and unadorned space is revived into a natural, contemporary living room.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis oval dining table allows for much more diversity in the room.
To maximize seating in a small space, Anderson chooses an oval dining table. This shape yields more room for seating and takes up less dimensional space than a rectangle. Also, using a pedestal base allows more chairs to be placed around the table. A typical four-leg table would limit where and how many chairs can be used. Anderson finishes off the new dining area with a Manzanita branch as a centerpiece. The branch matches the chandelier (not pictured) that he crafted.

To see the chandelier and find out how to craft a similar one, check out these step-by-step instructions.

The Cost

Table and bench – $89

  • bench cushion foam (2 x 15.5") – Evans Upholstery Supply
  • dining table base – St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • stain (Minwax oil-based stain, Golden Oak, 210B) – The Home Depot

Chairs – $87
  • dining room chairs (Ty Pennington, Eaton style natural wood, 00810798000) – Sears

Drapes – $53
  • curtains for the dining area (Andrea style, 98-inch long green and brown curtains) – Ikea
  • curtain rod and finials (Index style black curtain rod, 70079373), (Index style black and wicker finials, 93495112) – Ikea
  • roller shades (bamboo-style matchstick roller shades, 70100402) – Ikea

Chandelier – $65
  • Manzanita branches, raffia-covered wire – Moscatel's
  • light kit (Hemma style cord kit, 10175810) – Ikea

Cabinets – $125
Paint and supplies – $62
  • paint, Behr, back kitchen wall, inside wine rack, table base and tree mural (380D-6 Leapfrog); living room wall color (260D-7 Copper Mountain); for the art wall w/tree mural, TV cabinet and bar cabinet (760B-6 Traditional) – The Home Depot

Venetian plaster – $75
  • fireplace face ("Venetziano" Venetian plaster #7, beige tone) – G&M Paint

Mantle – $47
  • pet grass for recessed planter box in mantel – Gelson's
  • wood (faux Zebrawood, 053498) – Phillips Plywood Center
  • hook and loop used to secure the mantel (Velcro, industrial strength hook and loop, 075967901981) – The Home Depot

Rug – $38
  • area rug (4 x 6 green jute stripe rug, 000000381844) – Cost Plus World Market

Pillows and cushion – $87
  • fabric, bench cushion and one small toss pillow (orange monochromatic fabric) – Michael Levine, Inc.
  • fabric couch (large toss pillows, dark blue monochromatic metallic fabric), (medium toss pillows, green monochromatic metallic fabric) – Michael Levine Inc.
  • toss pillows couch (tan angora toss pillows, 400018410271) – Ross
  • toss pillows for dining area bench (cream-colored box quilt toss pillows, 400023372465) – Ross

Wall art – $5
  • materials for mural (tracing paper, 230791001), (Rembrandt brand white pastel, 200261031), (Carmin brand red carbon pencil, 200093151) – Blick Art Material

Barstools – $49
  • barstools (29" light-green straw bottom barstools, 012717648574) – Linens 'n Things

Countertop – $39
  • wood (faux Zebrawood, 053498) – Phillips Plywood Center
  • hook and loop used to secure countertop (Velcro, industrial strength hook and loop, 075967901981) – The Home Depot

Wine rack – $15
  • stain, wine rack (Minwax water-based stain, American Walnut ) – The Home Depot

Divider – $28
  • ring curtains (Hultet style wicker ring curtains, 10066514) – Ikea

Shelf curtains – $19
  • curtain panels (orange) – Michael Levine Inc.

Lighting and accessories – $116
  • light kits for pendant lamps (Hemma style cord kit, 10175810) – Ikea
  • pendant lampshades (Orgel style rectangular crushed paper pendant lampshades, 60021274) – Ikea
  • ceiling light shade (Kumo style 20" round crushed paper shade, 000000370938) – Cost Plus World Market
  • vases on mantel (natural bamboo vase, 400022321976) – Ross
  • fauna for vases (straight natural twigs, 24708178120) – Michaels
  • place mats (Tahitian Celadon Bamboo placemats, 400019214410) – Ross

Total – $999