Underground Unit Upgrade

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionA light paint color and a new faux-finish on the fireplace do a lot to brighten this living space.
Before, this great room wasn't so great, but now, it is the home's grand showpiece. Foaming bathroom cleanser is used to clean the soot off the dirty bricks and then they are given a fresh coat of paint and a little faux finishing. A rich wood mantel and decorative accessories help make the fireplace a stunning focal point. A new hearth is built to meet codes and to add balance to the whole fireplace wall. The seating area is rearranged to open up the space and make it seem larger. A lighter paint color, more track lighting and decorative accessories make this room really shine. In the dining room (not shown), the pint-size dining table has been replaced with a sophisticated, grownup version. The room seems much bigger now that the bulky cabinets have been swapped out for stylish open shelving.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $1,103
fireplace $362
accessories $196
lighting $156
paint $113
window treatments $67

Total: $1,997

Great room products:

fireplace mantel materials (wood), The Home Depot
pillow, 73879003674, Kmart
pillows, 067041982, Velvet Gold, Target
armoire stain, 027426700079, The Home Depot
coffee table, side tables, sofas, Wickes Furniture
candleholder, 054000076, Target
lamps, 019293471848, The Home Depot
fireplace brick paint and glaze, Benjamin Moore, 10520 and 10960, J.C. Licht
picture frames, 10078729 Clips Frame, Ikea
wall paint, Benjamin Moore's Old Straw Hat, 337, J.C. Licht

Bedroom products:

pillows, Twill Milkshake, 067040812 and stretch Evening Gold, 067040796, Target
bed frame, Mattress World
swing-arm lamps, 7" D&C Brnz Swing, 129674, Lowe's
swing-arm lampshades, 074080030, Target
curtain rod, 070042771831, The Home Depot
wall paint, Benjamin Moore's Georgian Green, HC-115, J.C. Licht
curtain panels, Alvine, 20072538, Ikea

Dining room products:

NCF shelves, 085031804 and 085031806, Target
8x10 picture frames, 074154856, Target
table, Wickes Furniture

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