Before: The DilemmaHost Lee Snijders visits with Kati in her room to get a handle on the design issues. He notices that she needs more storage space for all of her art supplies.
Before: The BedThe windows in Katy's room need to be decorated with something other than the existing broken window blinds and tacked up sheets. Kati's bed needs to be raised to create some extra space in the room.
A ruby red paint color livens up the white walls. The upper half of one wall is left white for a special cork wall treatment. Since she loves retro styles from the '40s and '50s, Snijders decides to focus on a vintage look that reflects those eras. The color red is the impetus for creating a bold, daring design.
Baltzer sews window treatments out of Frida Kahlo-inspired fabric.
New furniture makes the space more functional and enhances the vintage design. A new loft bed makes room underneath for a small art space outfitted with a new drafting table and vintage stool. A 1950s-era dresser helps Kati to clear her closet clutter. A corner bookshelf and new chair are the finishing touches.
After: Storage SolutionSince Kati's closet doors are broken and there's not enough money in the budget to replace them, design coordinator Charles Burbridge hides the clutter with a soft storage solution made out of white cotton curtain panels, colored felt and clear plastic.
After: The Storage CurtainCharles cuts the felt and plastic into same-size squares and stitches them together on three sides to create pockets. The squares are then hot-glued to the panels with the clear plastic facing out.
The LightingThe lighting is dramatically improved with a new ceiling fixture reminiscent of 1950s-style car headlights and two new lamps. Snijders customizes the shades with 1940s-era pin-up girl cutouts attached with white glue.
The Checkerboard WallAll of Kati's clippings and fliers are given top billing with a new cork wall treatment. Design coordinator Summer Baltzer paints 12" x 12" cork squares with a high-gloss black paint, then uses contact cement to secure them to the wall in a checkerboard pattern.
Furniture - $504
- drafting table set: Office Depot, #079252370308
- chair: IKEA - PS Armchair
- lamp: IKEA - Tertial, #17796
- ceiling lamp: IKEA - Aventurin, #19057
- corner bookcase: IKEA - Billy, #50043728
- loft bed: IKEA - Tromso, #50019950
Accessories and lighting - $212
- fabric for pillows and window treatments: Michael Levine
- red, blue and black felt for closet curtain: Jo-Ann Fabrics
Wall treatment - $133
- cork tile and contact cement: Linoleum City
Bedding - $83
- bedding: Anna's Linens - Crown Elite, #817594 onyx; pillow shams, #816700 turquoise
Paint and supplies - $67
- red wall paint: Benjamin Moore - Currant Red #1323
Project Total - $999
The LampHe also frames two of the cutouts in black picture frames and secures them to the lamp bases with plastic clamps and screws.