Too Close for Comfort in D.C.

A row house gets a spiffy new front porch, kitchen and master bedroom.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionNew paint and sheer window treatments soften the space to give off a good impression.
This porch used to look like an overgrown storage closet, now, several small improvements add up to make a positive first impression. First, the walls are given a two-tone paint treatment to accentuate the architectural detail. Next, a fresh coat of spray paint makes the homeowner’s wicker furniture look brand new. New storage benches keep the place looking tidy. Finally, sheer window treatments soften the space and add extra privacy.

Cost Breakdown:
flooring $422
light fixtures $114
storage chest $180
curtains $215
headboard upholstery $40
closet organization $226
paint and accessories $798

Total $1,995

Porch Makeover
square tables: Bed, Bath & Beyond – 16-inch metal 44444431016
welcome mat: Bed, Bath & Beyond – sage rug 4598208502
deck boxes and cushions: Bed, Bath & Beyond – 4436501336 and 44444486493
cushions and pillows: K-Mart – 842205300204 and 84225300204
curtain rod: K-Mart - 07200014651
curtains: Ikea – LILL 90111980
area rug: Target: 5 x 8 – 066040079
plants: Wal-Mart
platter, glasses and pitcher: Homegoods – 716503, 118323 and 380074
paint: Benjamin Moore – Camouflage 2143-40 (semi-gloss)

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