The Inspiration RoomRoommates Lisa Revelli and Tim Wooster have just moved into a new apartment. They would like to be able to entertain and have dinner parties, but their dining room has become a catchall.They've found a look that would be perfect for their dining room — a relaxed, yet formal room with bright colors and a light, airy feel. The problem is the $76,000+ price tag is anything but light.
The Double Take team–makeover designer Michele Addey, budget shopper Halili Knox and carpenter Jamie Schmitt–create a mirror image of this gorgeous dining space for less than $2,500.
The Makeover RoomThey successfully achieved the correct balance of European design and Asian-inspired accents.
Wall TreatmentThe walls in the inspiration room are covered in silver silk wallpaper with a handpainted crane motif. The wallpaper is valued over $12,000. The walls are painted a soft blue color in the makeover room. A watered-down light green paint is used to create a mountain backdrop for the crane murals.
Tip: A projector is the best way to get the exact image you want on the wall. If you don't own a projector or can't borrow one, try your local library. You may be able to rent one.
ChandelierTo make it an exact match, the base of the fixture is given a coat of spray paint as well as a coat of gloss. The shades are painted gray on the outside and gold on the inside. Finally, Christmas ornaments — crystals and strands of baubles — are used to adorn the chandelier.
Dining TableThey are a perfect match in size and scale to the designer originals.
Tip: If you can't find a complete dining set (six), create your own. Use four matching side chairs and two matching armchairs from a different set. It will add more interest and style to your dining space.
Dining ChairsWhen purchased, the seats of the chairs were covered in a burnt orange fabric. The team re-covers the seats to match the designer originals with three yards of a light blue- and gray-patterned upholstery fabric.
Sideboard and FigurinesFor the wrought-iron legs, Jamie takes the legs off of an old sewing machine cabinet. He builds an oval tabletop and finishes it with a dark cherry stain. Once the stain is dry, the wrought-iron legs are fastened to the bottom.
The Asian figurines and ginger jar in the inspiration room are all original antiques dating back to the 19th century and beyond. Halili traveled to an auction house and found antiques in a similar style and from a similar time period, all for a great price.
Tip: Auction houses are a great way to find antiques and collectibles. They are open to the general public and usually have experts on hand to help you shop. Auctions are typically held during typical work hours, but you don't have to attend to bid. Shop the catalog or showroom, find what you want and give them a call the day of the auction and someone will bid for you.
PortraitJamie takes a photograph of the homeowner in front of a black backdrop. The photo is printed on poster-size paper. To get the high-gloss finish and texture of a handpainted portrait, a semigloss gel medium is painted onto the photograph. Small brush strokes are used to apply the gel, which enhances the textured effect and gives the illusion of an oil-on-canvas painting.
Table SettingsAsian-inspired charges are placed underneath the plates. Cut-crystal wine glasses and champagne goblets were found at a discount store, and the homeowners contribute a set of flatware that perfectly matches the setting.