Beige PrisonAs new parents, Anne and Greg Cooper have traded in their trendy city loft for a 1940s suburban rambler. They don't want to lose themselves entirely in suburbia, so they would like to incorporate a bit of urban vibe into their new home. In the master bedroom (pictured, right), the homeowners inherited much of the dull decor. They have already ripped down the window treatments, but the faux wall treatment makes them feel as if they are in a beige prison.
Sophisticated Urban ChicWith the help of host Joan Steffend and carpenter Jeff Meyer, designer Todd Kukral gave the suburban bedroom a sophisticated urban look for less than $500.
WallsThe two-tone wall treatment starts by painting the ceiling and the upper one-quarter of the walls Shale Gray. The lower section of the walls are painted a warm shade of brown.
Wall treatment – $141
brown paint: Burley Wood – S-H-700, purchased at The Home Depot
blue paint: Shale Gray – 540F-4, purchased at The Home Depot
WindowsChrome towel rings are hung on each side of the windows to hold the window treatments. Discount-store fabric is tucked front to back through the rings.
Window treatments – $78
towel rings: Target – 97081004
ChandelierA basic black chandelier goes from so-so to stunning when it gets dressed up with clearance-priced holiday ornaments and beads.
Chandelier – $29
bead garland: Target – 51062109
icicle ornaments: JoAnn – 7800584
Rag RugA fluffy, shabby-chic rug is made from a golf net and an old pair of jeans. The jeans are cut into 1" x 9" strips and are then pulled through the holes in the net and simply tied in a knot.
Rag Rug – $0
BedA bed from the homeowner's spare room gets updated with a matte-black paint and a new padded headboard and footboard. New duvet covers are crafted by sewing two cotton damask sheets together.
Bedding – $62
ivory flat sheet: Wal-Mart – 2882830128
Headboard – $48
matte black paint: Mouse Ears – 4B-10, purchased at The Home Depot
ivory spray paint: 020066289548, purchased at The Home Depot
NightstandA stool is transformed into a nightstand by simply attaching a larger top and hiding it under a swatch of fabric.
Bedside Lamps – $28
glass lamp: Target – 74000903
round mirrors on lamps: JoAnn – 4162749
clock: Target – 65092899
DresserA secondhand dresser goes from dingy to totally cool with matte-black paint and a new mirrored surface.
Dresser – $59
clear acrylic mirror: Crown Plastics Inc. – MC0124896
Lamp – $10
plastic cube lamp: Target – 65091468
Side ChairKukral took this chair from another room in the house and replaced the worn upholstery with some new fabric.
Chair – $26
PhotosThe homeowner's photos were taken to a copy store, where they were blown up and transferred to black and white. The photos are then wrapped around gift boxes.
Photo Boxes – $5