Beyond the Starter Home
The Jacksons are ready to leave their first home for something much larger.
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After: Clearly Defined, Livable Spaces
The living and dining rooms are much more livable and welcoming. It took more than half the budget to implement the changes, but it looks like it was worth it.
The living room has been transformed into a cozy living space. The fireplace is now free of clutter and accented by the paint color on the wall behind it. New furniture pieces, various accessories and window treatments finish it off.
Over in the dining room, all those boxes are gone and what remains is a spacious setting for a delicious meal or family gathering. The table now takes center stage, and freshly painted walls and new window treatments complete the look.
The most dramatic transformation happened in the office/child's room, which can now function as a work area or a bedroom or both. The childlike mural has been replaced by a soft neutral color, and new furniture pieces create a homey setting.
And a week and $215 worth of plants and flowers later, the porch is colorful and cheery.
Total cost breakdown for the Jacksons' place:
window treatments $255
lumber and lighting $355
paint and supplies $115
decorative accessories $285
Total: $1993 — just $7 to spare!!!
Products from Pier 1: New Grip plate stand for fireplace, 1960142 five bamboo shades for living room/dining room, 1851405 Products from Coaster Company: two leather chairs, 8071 Products from Target: two lamps for living room, 074000814 Products from Lowe's: five gallons of Ralph Lauren paint: fireplace wall, Brompton Grey 27 Salvia Plants, 51839
coffee table set for living room, 5421
two barstools for office, 5508
lampshades for living room, 074080515
iron framed mirror, 074110634
two pictures for living room, 074120094
bromeliad plant in clay pot for fireplace, 804080608
two candle holders, 054001057
two throw pillows, 060041179
seven valances, 068030398
six valance rods, 068050272
bamboo plate for living room, 054000954
living room walls, Devonshire
office, Fairy Wren
office desk area, Cottonwood
Sago Palm, 77867
one 15-gallon Flax Phornium, 201978
three 5-gallon Flax Phornium, 86172
two 2-gallon Flax Phornium, 106390
three 2-gallon Tropicana-canna, 222220
nine annual flowers 1 gallon, 51698
two purple fountain plants, 94349
soil for yard, 80642
bronze lamp for office, 140689
17" Leather Bell lamp shade for office, 202809
New Grip plate stand for fireplace, 1960142
five bamboo shades for living room/dining room, 1851405
Products from Coaster Company:
two leather chairs, 8071
Products from Target:
two lamps for living room, 074000814
Products from Lowe's:
five gallons of Ralph Lauren paint:
fireplace wall, Brompton Grey
27 Salvia Plants, 51839
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