Before: Boring Spare RoomTwo years ago, Gina and Justin Demes moved into a loft in Chicago. While they've decorated the rest of the home, they don't know what to do with their spare room. The room's furniture is a little worse for the wear, and the couple often just close the frosted double doors in defeat. The plain white walls cause the room to feel stark, but they'd like it to be cozy and welcoming.
Gina and Justin are hoping the Design on a Dime team will have some creative ideas for turning the cluttered space into an organized, yet eclectic study.
After: Warm and Cozy StudyWarm red walls will add instant depth to the study. The team will create architectural detail with salvaged windows and revamp the double doors for a more vintage feel. A cool new desk and fresh fabric for the existing chairs will finish off the look. Here's how they bring the plan to life.
Stained-Glass DoorsDesign coordinator Kelly Edwards revamps the double doors of the study by removing the existing frosted adhesive from the glass. She creates a stained-glass effect with adhesive panels of mica and faux leading in the Craftsman style.
Window FramesDesign coordinator Ali Azhar adds architectural interest with salvaged window frames. He suspends each frame from the ceiling with lightweight cable (available at home-improvement stores). He accents them with chocolate-brown draperies to further create the illusion of real windows.
Floor LampAli then transforms a basic floor lamp into a one-of-a-kind piece with vintage books. He using a drill press to drill a hole through a short stack of books and then assembles the lamp so that the center pole comes up through the books.
DeskA funky new desk is fashioned from a vintage door and two short filing cabinets. Brice created a hutch for the top using a refurbished bookcase. An antique breadbox gets new life as a storage cubby for office supplies.
Desk AccessoryBrice creates a retro-look desk accessory that is sure to spark conversation. He creates a cube from plywood scraps and decorates it with images he found in old scientific journals. Two bulbs and a rotating pennant top off the fun piece.
BookcaseBrice gives the bookcase added interest by creating a burled-wood effect. After applying stain to the piece, he moves a cloth around in a circular motion to removes the excess and add character at the same time. The existing chairs are recovered in a warm cocoa-hued fabric, and the damaged rattan panels are removed from the arms to give them new life.
ArtworkThe couple already had lots of cool artwork to use in the space, so the team frames several of the pictures for the walls and adds an eclectic mix of thrift-store treasures to round out the new look.
Door revamp - $85
- mica plate, 02838193, $20.99 - Van Dyke's Restorers
Paint and supplies - $222
- Behr color matched to Benjamin Moore's Spanish Red, $18.97 per gallon - The Home Depot
- Glidden color matched to Ralph Lauren's Mocha, $7.98 per gallon - The Home Depot
Hanging windows - $45
- windows, $20 each - Elgin Windmill Factory
- tung oil, 022367441517, $8.88 - The Home Depot
- airplane wire, 224200, $.29 per inch - The Home Depot
- fastener for wire, 071514055008, $1.87 - The Home Depot
Curtains - $33
- Ritva, $29.99 - Ikea
Floor lamps - $108
- 074020864, $19.98 - Target
- shades, 074080179, $16.99 each - Target
Desk and storage pieces - $201
- salvaged doors, $45 - Elgin Windmill Factory
- desk chair, $39 - Able Furniture Company
- file cabinets, $10 each - Able Furniture Company
- small bookcase, $12 - Able Furniture Company
- spray paint, Chestnut Brown, SP R02175, $7.99 - Sappano's Hi-Grade
- glass for desktop, $4.75 per foot - Torstenson's
Antique breadbox - $40
Art piece - $40
- lamp kit, $7.98 - The Home Depot
- lamp dimmer, GE, 070686491133 - The Home Depot
- small motor - American Science & Surplus
Reupholstered chairs - $40
- fabric, $30.09 - Textile Discount Outlet
Bookshelf - $50
- Able Furniture Company
Accessories - $130
- globe, 000000368007, $24.99 - Cost Plus World Market
- syrup can, $3 - Elgin Windmill Factory
- thermos, $6 - Elgin Windmill Factory
- small tin bin, $12 - Elgin Windmill Factory
- bread box, $8 - Elgin Windmill Factory
- books, $1 each - Able Furniture Company
- bookends, 714526, $6.99 - HomeGoods
- clock, 433239, $24.99 - HomeGoods
- metal bird, 677657, $6.99 - HomeGoods
- porcelain bird, 727929, $7.99 - HomeGoods
- fabric box, 376283, $12.99 - HomeGoods
Total - $994