The Inspiration RoomHomeowners Teri and David Baldini, parents of two small children, haven't had a room to themselves in more than five years. They feel the current state of their bedroom looks like a cross between a nursery and a thrift store. They want an adult room they can call their own and have found a design they really like. It is clean, bright and warm, and the dark-colored furnishings are rich but not too fancy. The only problem is the price is very fancy, at over $53,000.
Designer Doyle McCullar chose these colors to create a lively and elegant feel in the room. The contemporary patterns and clean-line furnishings give the space a fresh and youthful sense. The key to this design is the balance of contemporary elements with rich woods and traditional accents.
The Double Take team — makeover designer Michele Addey, budget shopper Halili Knox and carpenter Jamie Schmitt — join creative forces to duplicate this colorful and sophisticated setting for less than $2,600.
After: The Double Take RoomThey got the right mix of classically elegant furnishings and made them work in a modern setting.
BedThe bed in the designer room is made from hand-planed mahogany and upholstered in silk boucle. The piece is valued at almost $8,000. They just needed to create the upholstered portions of the bed frame. First, screw holes are drilled into pieces of medium-density fiber boards (MDF). Tape is placed over the screw holes so they won't get plugged up with the spray adhesive, which is applied to attach a layer of foam. A turkey slicer is used to cut the foam to size. Then a layer of batting goes over the foam to help round the corners. Next, a cotton-and-silk-blend boucle fabric is wrapped around and stapled onto the boards. Finally, the upholstered boards are fastened to the head and foot of the bed. Total cost of the new bed is $454.
Potato BeddingThe set includes a comforter, two standard shams, two Euro shams and some accent pillows. The only thing the bedding is missing is the little red circles that give the room the fun punch of color. To get the red detail on the bedding, cut potatoes are used to stamp red circles around the gray bulls-eye.
At the end of the bed in the inspiration room is a hand-tufted, silk covered bench valued at $2,700. The team is able to replicate the bench for only $219. Halili found a bench the right shape and size, but a new seat was needed. To create the seat, holes are drilled through a piece of medium-density fiber board (MDF) to accommodate the tufted upholstery buttons. A layer of foam and a layer of batting are then adhered to the board. Michelle loosely wraps the fabric around the foam and batting. For the tufting, she holds a button on the bottom of the board that is bigger then the hole. She then pulls the thread tightly back and forth through the foam, from bottom button to the decorative top button. The process is repeated until each set of buttons is secure.
Side TablesThe two side tables in the inspiration room are made of hand-planed mahogany. The combined value of both tables is over $6,700. It is a near-perfect match to the original in color and hardware, and it cost only $250.
For the round table on the right side of the bed, the team found a table that is almost identical to the designer version. The only problem is the top is too small to hold all the accessories. The top is replaced with a pre-cut wooden round that was purchased at a home store. To get the wooden round to match the base, it is stained red then several coats of a walnut stain are applied.
BureauThe price is greatly reduced because some of the hardware is missing. The dresser has the same dark finish, height and scale as the designer original and it complements the traditional elements of the room perfectly. New silver handles are purchased from a hardware store for just $60.
Tip: Showroom liquidators are a great resource. They sell furniture that has been used as displays in stores and showrooms. Every big city has one, and the best part is the furniture has not been used. It maybe a little nicked up, but you can get designer furniture at really low prices.
ObelisksFor the base, a block of wood with a small hole drilled on top is placed underneath an upside down planter. A dowel is put through the hole on the bottom of the planter to attach it to the block. For the middle section, a plastic foam craft ball is stuck onto the dowel. The top piece is made from a tapered square candle that is attached to the ball with another dowel and some glue. A coat of burnished gold acrylic paint is applied and presto, the obelisks are complete.
Sunset ArtHe holds two filters in front of his camera to get the same sunset effect as the oil paintings. A diffuse filter makes the photo soft and hazy and a tobacco filter gives the image a sunset effect. The photos are printed on large paper at a copy store then matted and placed into gold frames.