During and After Photos: The Alexander Family

In the first episode of HGTV’s $250,000 Challenge, contestant Kelley Alexander transforms her living room into a casual and contemporary space that suits both her and her teenage daughters.

  • Kelley’s sister Phyllis Alexander applies the first coat of gray paint to the walls in the living room.
  • The Alexanders chose a bluish-gray palette of Stone Fence and Rocky Mountain Sky interior wall paints.
  • Phyllis carefully applies the paint, avoiding molding and trim work.
  • Carpenter Russ Hemmis assists the Alexanders in the living room makeover and offers tips and constructive advice along the way.
  • Guest designer Kim Myles chats with the Alexanders about plans for their living room makeover and an antique curio, the item they plan to repurpose.
  • Kelley and Phyllis take a painting break to review their ideas and projects they need to complete within the 22-hour time period.
  • Kelley chose to repurpose an antique curio as a wine bar. Carpenter Russ Hemmis shared fast and easy refinishing tips that brought out the rich character of the wood.
  • Kelley gets a helping hand from show host Drew Lachey.
  • Kelley and Phyllis review plans for their furniture layout.
  • The sisters take time to chat with show host Drew Lachey and admire the new paint color on the walls.
  • Once the room is painted and espresso-colored snap flooring installed, living room furniture arrives to complete Kelley’s design plan.
  • Finishing touches add pop to the clean-lined and uncluttered space. Phyllis hangs sheer drapes while Kelley vacuums the dark wood floors.
  • Muted tones in furniture upholstery and neutral wall colors create a calming space.
  • The television is cleverly camouflaged in an elegant entertainment center. Accessories, including floor candleholders and live plants, are kept to a minimum.
  • A casual dining nook is positioned near the repurposed curio, now serving as an elegant wine bar. Kelley’s project was considered by judges as the best example of successful repurposing.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains brighten the space.
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