Traditional Elegant Living Room

The Double Take teams re-creates a $33,000 traditional living room for less than $2,500.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe designer room features two antique Asian screen panels that are valued at over $2,000. For the makeover room, Halili goes to an Asian antique warehouse and finds wood carvings that were taken from a traditional Chinese wedding bed.
To reproduce the screen panels, the carvings are inset into a pair of old door panels. Using a drill and a jigsaw, Jamie cuts holes in the panels to fit the carvings. The panels are then painted red and lightly sanded so the original brown shows through for an aged look. The metal plates on the original screen are mimicked with some silver metallic paint and stencils. Finally, the carvings are fitted into the holes and fastened onto the door panels. Total cost of the project: $212.

Tip: Finding carved pieces and creating your own personalized screen is a great alternative to purchasing an expensive antique screen. Salvage yards usually carry inexpensive panels that serve as your blank canvas. A little creativity and your own detailing will provide a custom look.