Warm, Functional Living Room

After eight years, this renter is ready to call her apartment "home." To get her out of her transitional limbo, the Design on a Dime team breathes life into the space with color and style.

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If you keep an eye out, you can usually find discontinued items on clearance. Even if you don't like the style, a simple conversion can turn it into something stylish. Spencer does exactly that with these sconces. He discards the glass covers, but keeps the hardware that mounts to the wall. He then builds a sconce that can be placed over the hardware. Milky Plexiglas, balsa wood and some super-strength glue are all it takes. He simply cuts the Plexiglas to size, leaving the protective coating on it so it doesn't get scratched. He then glues the precut and stained balsa wood along the edges to create a frame. He repeats that two more times to create a three-sided sconce — all for $40 for the pair.