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Feminine and Modern Living Room

This dark and outdated living room is about to get a bright and modern makeover.

Living Room Before

Student designer Lindsey Kruger tests her design skills on the outdated living room of Lynn Crocker using a budget of $2,000. This first-time designer offers to update the space to a more feminine and modern room by painting the paneling white, and then distressing it with sandpaper, bringing in an armoire for coat and shoe storage and flanking the fireplace with customized shelving units for much-needed storage in place of the existing brick surround.

The brick wall with the fireplace in the center is the main focal point of the room. It doesn't have any shelves and is currently an untapped storage area for the family's books and games.

The wood furniture is still solid after over 20 years, but the cushion fabric is outdated. In addition, the existing curtains are tattered and need to be removed.

Living Room After

The finished room is updated, full of light and has breathed new life into most of the existing furnishings.

Once the bricks are removed on each side, custom shelving units solve the storage and clutter problem. A mirror and candlesticks are a feminine and simple mantel decoration.

New cushion fabric and a light blue distressed paint finish completely change the look of the furniture, while new sheer curtains provide a simple and elegant window treatment.

Makeover Information

throw rug (1884894 Oxblood) (Pier 1)
coffee table (Wh-854), armoire (QC x5203668-DD) (Sonshine Unfinished Furniture)
*we regret that paint specifics are not available

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