Before: Hasn't Been TouchedHomeowners Diana Coopersmith and Thomas Plason are tired of their bland dining room and are ready to tear down the wood paneling and rip up the ugly gray carpeting. The couple has found the look they want. It is a festive Spanish-style room with large-scale furniture and vibrant colors. The problem is the price tag is also large scale–over $42,000.
Inspiration RoomThe beauty of this room comes from the stage the designer has set with the stately large-scale furniture and the masculine wrought iron. The color palette of citron, saffron and scarlet really gives the space a cheerful Spanish style, and the elegant table settings add just the right touch of sparkle and shine.
The Double Take team makeover designer Michele Addey, budget shopper Halili Knox and carpenter Jamie Schmitt join creative forces to duplicate this colorful setting for less than $3,700.
Please contact designer Connie Petersen for Inspiration Room resources.
Makeover RoomThe experts are impressed–the Double Take team did an amazing job replicating the designer original. They re-created the lively festive atmosphere by perfectly matching the color scheme, scale and proportion of the furnishings.
Makeover Room Resources:
wall paint – Kelly Moore (a mixture of Haverstraw KM4177-1 and Chapelle Tint KM4177)
curtains and ribbon trim – Bed Bath & Beyond and JoAnn Stores
candelabra - DC Metal Works
cactus and planter urns – San Francisco Flower Mart and Tuesday Morning
plate holder – Marshalls
materials for modern art – Michaels
topiary– San Francisco Flower Mart
gold vase – Ross
spire pieces – Tuesday Morning
red ceramic plates – Tuesday Morning
place mats – Bed Bath & Beyond
napkins – Target
napkin rings – Pier 1
flatware – Marshalls
tall stemware – Z Gallerie
goblets and water glasses – Mervyns
gold and red glass orbs – Cost Plus
terra-cotta vase and red Tynant bottles – Cost Plus and Salvation Army
votive candles – Cost Plus
material for table runner – JoAnn Stores
console table – Papy Boaz
rug – Ikea
materials for table and benches – Wooden Duck, Beronio Lumber and San Bruno Statuary
fabric for seat cushions – Discount Fabrics
beads - General Bead
upholstered chairs – Home Consignment Center
Table, Benches and ChairsThe $10,000 custom-made pedestal table in the designer room was made from one nine-foot-long plank of wood. Jamie was able to re-create the table and the benches for only $850. With a little sanding and varnish the table looks just like the original. Two concrete stands were used for the pedestals. The legs for benches were built using 4x12 Douglas fir, same as the designer room.
Two red velvet upholstered chairs were found at a consignment store to match the silk-velvet chairs in the designer room. The fabric lacks the detailing of the original chairs, but are a perfect match otherwise.
Tip: Using reclaimed wood or salvaged lumber is a great idea. The patina has already been developed, so there's no need to distress or antique the finish.
For all available product information, click on the After photo of the room.
CushionsHalili purchased all the material to replicate the cushions for only $128. Michelle sewed the cushion covers using a combination of dupioni silk, chenille and a cotton blend. A two-inch piece of foam was inserted inside each cover, and a string of green and gold beads were fastened onto the corners of the cushions.
Tip: If using chenille for upholstery, make sure to buy an upholstery grade, rather then one used for clothing. Clothing-grade chenille tends to stretch, and if used on cushions, it will often lose its shape.
RugThe arts-and-crafts-style area rug in the designer room was made from 100 percent wool and is valued at nearly $12,000. For the Double Take rendition, four small tomato-red floral rugs were pushed together and then held with carpet tape.
PlatesTo re-create the original sun-and-moon-themed plates, Michelle and the homeowner went to a ceramic painting studio to make their own. The designs were first penciled onto the plates and then painted in a rich ochre color. A coat of clear glaze was applied on top, and a trip to the kiln sealed the design.
CandelabraFortunately for the Double Take team, the homeowners are professional metal fabricators who were able to make an exact replica of the original candelabra. Reflective beads were strung on wire, then hung on the candelabras for an elegant touch.
Tip: When choosing beads for a decoration, it is imperative to think about scale. You don't want beads that are too large because they might look a little gaudy, but you also don't want beads that are too small because they might just disappear. When beading, be sure to use wire or upholstery thread, as thin string will not hold up.
Side TableThe designer room includes an Indonesian mahogany side table with wrought-iron pulls. To imitate that look, the homeowner's old side table was sanded to clear up some blemishes and water rings, and a couple coats of stain were applied to finish off the look.
TablewareDeep-red champagne flutes, goblets and water glasses set the table with a dramatic tone. A silky tomato-red table runner covers the center, and sunny, striped place mats mark each setting. Sparkling orbs are scattered across the table for a finishing touch.