A bland new homeHost Joan Steffend and designer Beth Solberg help an engaged couple decorate their new townhome's living and dining rooms for less than $500.
Paint makes it pop(Wall Paint – $60)
Custom paint colors are created by using the homeowner's rug as the inspiration. Five colors are mixed together to get the soft, creamy shade of yellow for the walls. To accentuate the architecture in the space, the columns and trim are painted a deep brown.
- paint: Behr
Romantic yet casual(Dining Area – $121)
A fun, casual bistro-like setting is created with a barstool-height table and a couple of new barstools.
- barstools: Target – 249010203
- tabletop: Ikea
(Light Fixture – $3)
An old round basket is transformed into an overhead light above the dining table. A hole is drilled through the bottom of the basket and then the wiring and fixture are threaded through.
Fish tank find(Side Board – $25)
A fish-tank stand found at an estate sale makes a sturdy base for the sideboard.
( Window Treatment – $55)
Yards of soft gauze fabric add softness to the room as well as a sense of privacy.
- curtain rings: Ikea – Adele
- curtain rods: Big Lots
Salvaged to stylish(Coffee Table – $21)
In the conversation area, a glass-topped coffee table is used to make the room seem more spacious and to accent the homeowner's rug.
(Side Chairs – $26)
To complete the conversation area, two secondhand chairs are re-covered in black Ultrasuede and are the perfect complement to the sofas.
(Accent Tables – $21)
Occasional tables are added between the black chairs and behind the sofa.
Crafty bench– $26
The homeowner's old coffee table is converted into a bench for additional seating. New wicker cushions give it a little height and comfort.
- cushions: Target - 065041212
Original artwork– $14
Custom artwork is created for the soon-to-be-married homeowners. A canvas is made by stretching a cotton drapery panel over a homemade frame and then covering it with a coat of primer. Colorful circles in various sizes are painted onto the canvas, and when dry, words of inspiration are written inside the circles. To highlight the artwork, an old chandelier gets replaced with track lighting.
Exotic but easy(Light-up Shelf – $16)
Two small light-up shelves are hung next to the bench to provide low-lights to the space. To start the project, L-brackets are hung on both sides of an outlet. The shelves, which are glass-panel bifold cabinet doors, are screwed to the L-brackets. Nightlights get plugged into the outlets.
- lights: Target - GE 085070234
(Accessories – $170)
New throw pillows, additional artwork and some houseplants are arranged around the space to complete the contemporary makeover.
- red bowl: TJ Maxx
- plants: Target
Total = $497