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Rich, Rustic Dining Room

A lackluster dining room turns into a rich and rustic space using paint, leftover wood and extra fabric.

Homeowners Richard and Monica Thow like to entertain but their dining room is nothing but folding chairs and a plywood table. Designer Karen McAloon brings in her team, painter Danielle Hirsch and contractor Ian Read, to give the room a remarkable makeover using things they already have, a fresh coat of paint and almost no money.

The Thows are convinced that their sherbet-colored dining room is hopeless. The plywood table covered with a vinyl cloth and folding chairs they've used for six years turned out to be a not-so-temporary solution.

After: A stylish mood is set with the rich red wall color and a new dining room table with bench seating all around for large gatherings. The room is now the romantic and inviting entertaining space the couple always wanted it to be.

walls: Classic Burgundy (Benjamin Moore)

Before: This dining room, with its hodgepodge of materials, isn't exactly dressed to impress. The desk isn't offering enough storage/display space and since it's low, the wall behind it is rather boring.

After: Deep red walls and black waxed furniture made from leftover lumber combine for high class on a low budget. The couple's red and gold dishes are the perfect finishing touch.

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