Grownup and MasculineBefore: Too Plain and Boring
Ryan Elbing, Kevin Hennessey and Ben Hagen have been best buddies all through high school and college. Now, recently graduated, these three guys are sharing a three-story townhouse. Their careers are heating up, but their home is dull as dishwater. Because the place is rather large, it has become a gathering spot for friends. The problem is, when everyone comes over, they all hang out in the kitchen because the living room is too plain and boring.
With the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer, and less than $500, designer Nadia Ramirez transformed this living room from dorm-like to grownup.
Strong ColorsThree walls are painted a deep red, and the fourth wall, surrounding the fireplace is painted a strong shade of blue. A larger mantel is built for the fireplace then painted black to really make it stand out.
Paint – $144 and mantel – $32
paint: Benjamin Moore's Burnt Peanut Red, 2081-10 and Black, 133333-9404, Hirshfield's Asher Benjamin (blue)
TV Seating AreaA pair of old, 1970s end tables are given an exotic look when they get spray painted with textured, gold paint. The dated wicker underneath the glass tabletops are re-covered in purple and gold paper. The tables are placed in front of the sofas to serve as a combination coffee table and ottoman. Two bolster pillows are tossed on the sofa for a little extra coziness.
Side tables – $29 and bolsters – $30
spray paint: Rust-Oleum's Hammered Gold, 7210
Thai mango paper: 112706015, Dick Blick Art Materials
bolsters pillows: 060000-277, Target
Kimono Wall HangingsTo make the project, Jeff starts by nailing pieces of 1 x 2 wood on all four sides of a plywood board. The fabric is pulled taut around the plywood and the wooden sides are then stapled onto the inside, back. Metal flashing is hammered around the outer sides to give the hangings a finished edge.
Kimono wall hangings – $60
kimonos: Ragstock Warehouse
accent pillows: PLW Floral Grey, 2086307, Pier 1
floor pillows: Lydia, 40082616, Ikea
DraperiesThe discs were actually place mats that were cut apart and sewn onto the drapes.
Draperies – $20
wooden discs for drapes: fabric – Coco Ring place mat, 7955198, Jo-Ann
Side TableThe entire table is spray painted silver and then paper cut from a wallpaper sample book is decoupaged on the top.
Silver table – $7
Bamboo LadderThe ladder's dark finish contrasts beautifully with the deep red walls.
Bamboo ladder – $18
bamboo: 1963512, Pier 1
leather for ties: Jo-Ann
Bamboo MirrorsThe bowls are painted blue, then the mirrors are adhered into the center.
Bamboo bowls — $26
bowls and mirrors: Hultet Dish, 18537 and Sirli mirrors, 30025136, Ikea