Transform a Dull Basement Into a Colorful Study
Host Joan Steffend and designer Beth Solberg turn a bland basement into a colorful study for the woman of the house.
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- Instead of painting, they apply fabric to the walls with liquid starch. The fabric is precut to the height of the wall, then soaked in the starch. After wringing out the excess, they place it on the wall and staple it at the top. Working from the ceiling down, they smooth out the bubbles with a wallpaper comb. The seams are concealed with narrow strips of wood wrapped in fabric. Molding at the top hides the rough edges.
- The existing carpet is removed and replaced with a parquet tile border and an area rug in the center. The baseboards are inexpensive 1x4s.
- Since the basement space lacks windows, they simulate the look by removing the paneling between the makeover space and another room. They first drill pilot holes from the other side, cut out the fabric and then jigsaw the paneling between the pilot holes. Salvaged trim hides the rough edges. Shutters complete the transformation.
Itemized Design Elements
$110 - wall treatment (fabric outlet)
$88 - floor treatment (The Home Depot: parquet tiles - #655909773366)
$19 - windows
$71 - bookshelves
$15 - fabric
$9 - crate table
$6 - tray table
$42 - fireplace
$29 - mirror
$1 - crate
$9 - throw pillows
$8 - lamp in potato chip tin
$12 - silk plant
$3 - electric lantern (garage sale)
$18 - tins and accessories
$4 - blocks and tins (antiques store)
$3 - chair cushion
$5 - side chair cushion
$11 - wall display
$2 - tackle boxes
$3 - flower tin
$3 - poster
$2 - magazine crate
$8 - artwork
$481 - Total Cost
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