Christmas Before Deployment

Our experts give a family a holiday makeover before Dad gets deployed overseas.

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Designers Shayne and Kelli created two special holiday-inspired rooms for less than $500 each and some help from host Joan Steffend and carpenter Jeff Meyer.

The living room makeover starts with a coat of vanilla paint to create a winter-white palette. Large vertical stripes painted with a mixture of glaze and silver metallic paint add some elegant glitz to the walls. The far accent wall is painted a soft, mossy green. A new chandelier is hung in the center of the room to brighten up the space even more.

A pair of old window panes is given new life with some inspiring holiday words. Frosted self-adhesive paper is applied and the words Love, Hope, Joy and Peace are stenciled onto the glass. A freeform Christmas tree is also drawn onto the paper and then cut out. Soapy water is used to peel off the paper.

Living Room Paint – $22, Lighting – $44 and Window Panes – $77
wall paint: Ralph Lauren's Aubusson Silver, purchased at Home Depot
Chandelier: Lowe's – Bijou, 130314