Before: Battered FurnitureJon Campion and his young sons, Jack and Teddy, lost their wife and mother to a rare form of cancer six months ago. Now, they face their first holiday season without her. Host Joan Steffend and designers Shayne Barness, Kelli Kaufer, and Robb Whittlef join forces to give the family home a very special makeover for the holidays. Each designer will have $500 to make over the family's living/dining room and Dad's bedroom, then they'll give it homespun, holiday style.
After: A Festive Living RoomFirst, designer Shayne Barsness tackles the living/dining room. As an extra gift, outside the $500 budget, the family receives new carpeting, new sofa and a new chair for the living room. For a more masculine, clean look, the walls are painted khaki and the trim around the windows and doors are painted white. A second-hand TV stand, shelf, end table and coffee table are all painted semi-gloss black for a cohesive look.
Secondhand furniture $53
Holiday DecorationsChristmas tree stands are placed inside galvanized buckets then filled with rocks to serve as dog-proof tree holders. The trees are decorated with jingle bell garland, handwritten Santa tags and natural ornaments, all made by the boys. Porcelain and glass ornaments personalized with inspirational words of the season add a modern touch.
Tree ornaments $120 and accessories $58
Window GarlandThe big bay window is softened up with linen Roman shades made by designer Shayne Barsness. The windows are then adorned with festive holiday garland. The pre-decorated and pre-wired garland will make it easy on Dad for years to come.
Roman shades $91 and garland $49
Window PhotosThe boys don their best winter wear to create photos that showcases their striking eyes. The photos definitely have a winter vibe, but even if kept up all year, they will be a breath of fresh air in the hot summertime.
Photo art $68
Dining RoomIn the dining room, one wall is painted with chalkboard paint so the kids can write on it. The rest of the walls are given the same khaki color palette as the living room. One wall is personalized with some of Mom's favorite phrases as a reminder of her spirit. A built-in bench made from an old door and new beadboard provides extra seating and adds architectural interest. A discarded dining table found by the side of the road is brought back to life with a fresh coat of paint. The new table is illuminated with another great secondhand find — a brass light fixture cleverly revived with more black spray paint.
Bench $69 and light fixture $5
Christmas PlatesDesigner Robb Whittlef creates special holiday plates for the family. A storage box label written in Mom's own handwriting is traced and transferred onto dinnerware. To start, Whittlef uses tracing paper and pencil to trace the original label. He then flips the tracing paper over, holds the pencils sideways and scratches the image from the back side with the pencil lead. The tracing paper is flipped over again and placed on top of the plate. Whittlef then traces the design once more with pencil so it transfers a faint image onto the plate. He then uses porcelain markers to draw the design on the plates. Additional porcelain markers are given to the boys so they can finish decoring the edges of the plates.
Chair NamesLetters purchased at a craft store for 50 cents each are painted with polka dots then adhered to the back of two kitchen stools to give the boys their own space.
Silhouette ArtSpecial "boy art" is created for the dining room. First, an outline of each boy is traced on a black sheet of plywood. Then graphic fonts are glued inside of each outline with the boys' first initial made prominent in their silhouette –– T for Teddy and J for Jack. Then the boys choose their favorite photograph of them with their mom. The photos are reproduced, cut in a heart shape and adhered onto the chest of their silhouette.
Boy art $49
Dad's BedroomDad's bedroom is also getting a makeover. It starts with the walls being painted a dark, dramatic blue. Designer Kelli Kaufer choose a color palette that is both comforting and masculine. An old dresser is revived with glossy black paint and new knobs. The dresser is then transformed into an entertainment center when shelving units purchased at a discount store are painted the same glossy black and stacked on top. In the corner, simple balloon shades topped with pleated valances and floor-to-ceiling drapes make the most out of the windows. A hanging light and slipcovered chair turn the corner into a cozy reading nook.
Paint $37, entertainment center $35, window treatments $81, hanging light $23, chair $64 and accessories $48
Sono-Tube ArtA modern style, layered headboard is crafted from a variety of materials. First, a $6 thrift-store headboard is covered in fiber board and a layer of wood-grain contact paper. Then two, textured table runners are tacked on top of the contact paper to achieve the new, updated look. The homeowner's bedside tables are painted black and topped off with a set of new lamps. New bedding adds luxury and a pop of color.
Concrete tube forms in a variety of sizes are used to create a circular photo collage for over the bed. The project starts by cutting the tubes four inches deep. The outsides of the tubes are covered with the same wood-grain contact paper used to make the headboard. A small set of holes are drilled into the sides of the tubes so they can be connected together. A poster-sized photo of the family is laid out flat. The tubes are placed on top of the photo and lines are traced around the tubes marking which part of the photo will go in which tube. The photo is cut in the marked circles then glued to the tops of the tubes. When the glue is dry, the tubes are connected together. Another set of holes are drilled through the sides of the tubes then rope light is threaded through the collage to illuminate each circle from behind.
Headboard $25, lamps $44, bedding $115 and tube art $21
Christmas DogThe family dog is the subject of a unique piece of holiday wall art. A photo of the pooch wearing a set of reindeer antlers is taken. The photo is blown up to poster size then cut into four equal sections and each section is placed in its own frame.
Dog art $129