Before: Empty and LifelessFirst-time homeowner Greg Matthews worked really hard to buy his own town home at age 25. It's all good, except the existing décor. Greg has a lot of leftover furniture from his family that doesn't quite match and isn't his style. In the dining area, the previous owner had a Parisian theme with red, blue and yellow walls. But Greg isn't a Parisian-type of guy. He would like his living and dining rooms to reflect the young, urban, poker-playing, masculine guy he is. Since he doesn't use the dining room for eating, only for poker, he'd like it to have a more card-friendly atmosphere.
After: Poker-Night AmbianceWith the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer and less than $500, designer Beth Solberg gives a living and dining room once filled with mismatched, hand-me-down furniture a contemporary, masculine look that's perfect for poker night. To save money, some Oops paints are mixed together, resulting in a warm shade of charcoal gray. The existing dark blue wall in the dining area stays because it works perfect with the manly color scheme. The homeowner's TV is given a new cabinet also, to match the new color scheme.
Paint – $15 and TV cabinet – $46
paint: The Home Depot
Masculine WallsTo save money, some Oops paints are mixed together, resulting in a warm shade of charcoal gray. The existing dark blue wall in the dining area stays because it works perfect with the manly color scheme. The homeowner’s TV is given a new cabinet also, to match the new color scheme.
SofaThe homeowner's hand-me-down sofa is replaced with a $50 thrift-store find. A wooden surround with metal trim is made to cover the existing arms and the back of the sofa. Shelves are built into the surround to provide plenty of storage.
An old lawyer's book cabinet found in the garbage is spray painted black and transformed into a unique coffee table (see After photo).
Sofa with shelves – $85 and coffee table – $4
pillows: SIS Factory Outlet
Poker TableFor the poker area, a secondhand round table is spray painted black. A set of office chairs found for $3 apiece are given a new look with re-covered seats and a sanded finish on the chrome legs.
Poker table – $11 and poker chairs – $27
Chandelier and ArtworkA trash can and a drum shade come together to make a contemporary light fixture for above the poker table. The trash can is attached to the shade using threaded rods. Then a hole is cut in the bottom of can and a standard hanging fixture is then inserted. The holes in the side of the can allow light to come through and reflect off the shade.
A black and white collage is crafted when some rectangular-shaped puzzle pieces found at a thrift store are adhered onto a glass cabinet door.
Light fixture – $11 and artwork – $15
FireplaceIn the living room, a new focal point is created when the fireplace is resurfaced with slate tile. The cool gray slate lends to the contemporary, masculine feel of the room. Quick-set mortar is used to adhere the slate tiles because it dries in less than two hours.
Slate tile – $70
slate tile: Natural Stone & Tile – Indian Autumn
Side ChairTwo more secondhand office chairs are given a facelift. The legs are sanded for a brushed-chrome finish and the upholstery is re-covered with faux-leather fabric. One of the chairs is tucked in the corner of the poker room and the other is set near the fireplace, along side an end table.
Armchairs and fabric – $20
Window TreatmentsPlumbing pipe and flanges are fastened to the wall to hang the draperies. To continue the urban aesthetic, an additional pipe extends from the door onto the wall above the fireplace (see After photo). Sheer panels are hung on three smaller rods to traverse the sliding-glass door making it easy to get in and out.
Window treatments and hardware – $75
rods for curtains: The Home Depot – half-inch conduit
grommets for curtains: Hancock Fabrics – TSI-5501 grommet
fabrics: SIS Factory Outlet
sheers and rods: Ikea