Larry Weissman just moved into a contemporary-style three-story townhouse. Having moved from a much smaller apartment, his new home is lacking furniture and feels bare and bland, particularly his dining room. He wants the room to be exotic and to stand out as a showpiece in his home.
Host Sam Kivett finds that Weissman's current dining set is a coffee table surrounded by floor cushions, so he'll need a proper table and chairs. Kivett decides to incorporate a Moroccan theme into the space by bringing in jewel tones to liven up the white walls, creating a screen that blocks off the view to the living room below and by turning the sliding glass doors into a focal point with new window treatments.
Here's how Weissman's spare dining room is turned around with a sultry Moroccan theme:
- The walls are painted a deep blue to begin the Moroccan motif.
Design coordinator Summer Baltzer saves money by revamping the existing brass chandelier with specialty paints from a hardware store. The glass globes are removed, a section is taped off on each and a tinted glass paint is brushed on. Once dry, the stripes are outlined with a gold paint to set off the color. The bright brassy fixture is dulled with a metal paint for a smoky patina effect.The seating concerns are addressed with a dark wood, large-scale dining table found at a thrift store for only $60. Kivett seals it with an application of boiled linseed oil. He recommends doing this once or twice a year to maintain wood furniture.Design coordinator Charles Burbridge creates a custom wall treatment by cutting a classic Moroccan shape out of sheets of plywood. They're painted with a cream-colored paint and accented with a burnt umber paint stippled on for a textured effect. The burnt umber paint is diluted with polyurethane and ragged on for even more dimension. The pieces are tacked on the wall with small nails.A buffet table adds serving space and storage for wine glasses and china.
Burbridge constructs a Moroccan-styled screen to block off the view to the living room below.
Furniture - $655
- buffet: Pier 1 - Pandan, #1910461
- chairs: Pier 1 - San Bruno, #1897811
- dining table: thrift store
Lumber - $105
Fabric - $100
- tab-top sari panels: Ross - #40600496305902, tan and blue
Paint - $76
- wall paint: Behr - SC16-3, Crown Jewel
- paint for screen: Behr - #082474350041, Velvet Beige
Accessories - $63
- curtain rods: Ross - #406402407278, silver
- plates: Ross - #40600496305902, gold
- candle globes: Ross - #40640770223102, multicolor
- plates: Ross - #406000155007, flowered
- plates: Ross - #40600038964802, blue
Project Total - $999