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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Hide CaptionShow CaptionA floating shelf above the desk features Jennifer's teapots, bringing a homey feel to this functional space.
Taking advantage of the long wall that connects the dining area to the living room, Kristan creates custom cabinetry that also features a desk. She paints a piece of 3/4-inch MDF (medium-density fiberboard) to use as the desktop. A simple wall-mount of wood braces nailed into the wall eliminates the need for four legs. Kristan does use one pre-fabricated turn leg for added support along the front of the desk. She also adds molding to the front of the desktop to match the sideboard.