Before: Lackluster FireplaceThe Frydbergs' sports memorabilia-laden living and dining room combo hasn't seen new furniture in 30 years. Since the outdated space lacks a theme, their sons, Shawn and Jordan, want to incorporate a rich and contemporary design into the space. Hosts Andrika Lawren and Emmanuel Belliveau revamp and revitalize the space into a sophisticated formal living and dining area that gets high marks for style.
After: Classical ModernTo create a new, contemporary space, the old fireplace brick is covered in drywall with a Venetian plaster finish. The walls are painted a blue/gray shade and finished with a trim to match the room's existing detail. Instead of the old plastic tub, a new aquarium now showcases Morrie's favorite fish.
Before: Monster-Sized TableYears ago, Morrie built a humongous dining room table for his large family. However, the table dominates the space and the vast amount of glass is hard to maintain. Shawn and Jordan also want to replace the track lighting and '80s leather furniture with more contemporary pieces.
After: Warm, Inviting FurnishingsIn the dining area, the new modern harvest table and chairs provide plenty of seating for the Frydberg clan. New furnishings and drapes in warm tones replace the gray leather couches and balloon curtains, and two gorgeous chandeliers add a touch of elegance.
Gold Mirror FrameTo create this look, cut a piece of plywood four inches larger than a large mirror on all sides. Use mirror adhesive to center it on the plywood. Measure/miter the molding pieces to surround the mirror. Secure the molding to the plywood with wood glue and nails. Paint the frame gold, and then lean the piece against a wall or hang in a special place when dry.
Rice Paper LampsSimple rice paper lamps replace Roz's old decoupage ones. To make one, cut two plywood rounds (one eight and one six inches). Center/glue the smaller one on top of the larger and let dry. Drill a 1/4-inch hole through the center of both. On the back of the larger piece, router a four-inch groove from the hole to the edge for wiring and to allow the base to sit evenly. Paint or stain the pieces as desired and let dry. Wire with lamp parts and wall extension as per the manufacturer's instructions. Wrap the 6-inch piece with rice paper, gluing around the seam and folding the paper over itself to create a funnel effect.