Before: Style ConfusionJennifer and Joey Chang have lived in their new house for less than a year and have discovered that they have very different tastes in design. Jennifer likes rustic, shabby accessories and cushy furniture, while Joey is drawn to post-modern architecture.
With white walls and light beige carpeting, the red brick fireplace is the most colorful thing in this family room. A worn-looking game table is surrounded by tacky chairs covered with white slipcovers. The massive beanbag chair is super-comfy but won't work in the new design, so it will have to go. Even with a TV and game table, this room isn't very entertaining. Jennifer and Joey are hoping the Design on a Dime team can incorporate both styles into their family room.
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After: Modern Meets CountryInterior designer Lee Snijders bridges the design divide by trading some of the rustic furniture for more modern pieces, revamping the window treatments and removing the out-of-date beanbag chair. Lee enlists the help of design coordinators Charles Burbridge, who refinishes the game table and replaces the outdated chairs, and Summer Baltzer, who adds a large, upholstered bench along the awkward step that leads to the rest of the house. Taking a cue from the thin window, Lee creates shelves that elongate the lines of the window and fireplace, while providing display space. He also brings in Jennifer's country style with accessories and striped fabric.
TV stand — $80
- Home Trends — Kmart
Display shelves — $110
Table redo and chairs — $280
- chairs, Home Rebecca Chair, 091759632239, $25.99 each — Target
- rug, $50 — Target
- stain, Minwax Polyshades, $10 — Anawalt Lumber
- poker chips, $10 — Target
Cordless light — $50
- plastic sheet, $25 — Gavrieli Plastics
- lantern, Coleman, $22.99 — Target
Step seating area — $105
Window treatments — $85
- curtains/fabric, Home Trends, 026598768214 navy/chino stripe, 80" x 84", $19.99 — Kmart
Table and baskets — $115
- table legs for coffee table, birch, $5 each — The Home Depot
- baskets, Bastant, 9-3?4 " long by 9-3?4 " wide by 6 " high, $5.99 each — Ikea
Bun feet for sofa — $25
- bun feet for raising couch, birch, $5 each — The Home Depot
Floating shelves — $30
- shelves, Lack, 43 1/4 " long by 10 1/4 " deep, $15 each — Ikea
Table lamp — $35
Frames — $20
- frames, $5.99 each — Target
- paint, Benjamin Moore, Shelbourne Buff HC-29, $35.07/gal. — Mark's Paint Store
Total — $1,000
Upholstered Coffee TableSummer builds a multifunctional coffee table that can serve as an ottoman with storage underneath. She makes a rectangular table out of plywood and premade table legs. She upholsters the top with batting and navy fabric (an inexpensive flat sheet), attached with a staple gun. Rectangular baskets painted brown go underneath for discreet storage.
Refurbished Card TableCharles applies a coat of polyurethane and stain to the card/game table, which fills in the scratches and darkens the wood to go with the new chairs. He also replaces the traditional brass hardware with silver drawer pulls for a more modern look. Sleek new wooden chairs complete the modernized game area.
Cordless LightThe room doesn't have enough outlets, and wiring for another overhead light is not in the budget. So Charles makes a cordless modern light fixture using a rechargeable, battery-operated lantern inside a unique shade cut out of polystyrene. The fixture is hung from the ceiling with monofilament.
Cushioned BenchThe family room used to be an outdoor porch, and when the homeowners enclosed it, they left a long, awkward step that leads into the rest of the house. Summer decides to use the step for extra seating. She tops the step with 3/4-inch plywood, four-inch foam and fabric that coordinates with the rest of the room decor. She attaches the cushion to the wall with L brackets so that it won't slide around when people sit on it.
Shabby Country FramesLee paints some picture frames to add a shabby, country touch to the room for Jennifer. He paints the ornate wooden frames with white primer and then applies different faux finishes to each one. On the first frame, he coats a brush with blue paint, blots most of the paint onto a rag and then lightly brushes the remaining paint on the frame, allowing white to show through in some spots. On the second frame, he applies the blue paint more liberally and then wipes some off with steel wool. And on the third frame, he applies the blue paint liberally and wipes it off with a rag, leaving paint in the low points. The frames are displayed on the new modern shelves that Snijders has hung for an eclectic mix of styles.