A Southern Home Full of Smart Buys and Clever DIYs

Load up on inspiration as you tour this South Carolina home from HGTV Magazine. Low-cost finds and dressed-up junk never looked so good!

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The House

If you don’t want to feel like you’ve overpaid for every piece of furniture, rug and accessory in your home, you should probably stop reading this story right now. That’s because Lindsay Jackman is a genius at sniffing out a deal and transforming something inexpensive into a high-end-looking masterpiece. Here are just a few examples of how clever and enterprising she can be: She spray-painted a pair of $60 sconces from The Home Depot that now look like they cost $600; drove 110 miles to buy a brand-new leather Chesterfield sofa for $250 that she found on Craigslist (it retails for upward of $2,000); and made a bench from plywood, table legs, foam and a Moroccan wedding blanket she bought on clearance at World Market for $80.

All of this has made her 1,950-square-foot Greenville, SC, bungalow, which she and her husband, Chris, bought and renovated in 2015, a family-friendly yet totally stylish showcase of her talent and good taste. But that’s not to say every effort was a home run. “I have plenty of failed attempts at making over furniture and missing out on huge deals,” says Lindsay. “Sometimes it takes a lot of experimenting to get what I want—but for me, that’s part of the fun.”

Living Room


To bring a luxe look to the living room, Lindsay and Chris bought a firebox at The Home Depot, then Chris installed Carrara marble tiles around it and built the paneled surround, painted Hidden Falls by Benjamin Moore. The peach velvet chair belonged to Lindsay’s grandma, the camel leather mid-century one was a vintage score and the leather Chesterfield sofa was a Craigslist steal. And that chandelier? Lindsay “envisioned something colorful” for lighting, so she found a 4-foot-wide brown metal chandelier for $130 at a thrift shop and spray-painted it Tranquil Blue by Rust-Oleum. 



“Our last kitchen was floor-to-ceiling white, and I wanted something different,” says Lindsay. “I immediately fell in love with this green [Hidden Falls by Benjamin Moore] and had to have it in here.” Because she didn’t want any upper cabinets, Lindsay very carefully planned out her storage: “I labeled every cabinet on the plans so I knew exactly what would go in it. My worst fear was ending up with not enough storage!” The countertops throughout the space are River White granite, which Lindsay likes because it mimics marble for a fraction of the cost.

Dining Room


Just off the kitchen is the dining room, where Lindsay worked out yet another cool combo of bargain ideas. The chandelier is by far one of her proudest DIY moments. “I had it in my head that I wanted something modern-looking and gold, but couldn’t find anything that was remotely reasonably priced,” she says. So she found a black fixture in the style she wanted from wayfair.com and spray-painted it her favorite gold: 24K Pure Gold by Design Master. “Some golds tend to look foggy — not this one,” she says. The painting was only $10 at Goodwill. 

Rosie's Nursery


Lindsay became smitten with this floral fabric for 2-year-old Rosie’s bedroom, and she used it as inspiration for the rest of the room’s decor. She painted the walls Verdigris by Benjamin Moore — “It’s green but not as deep as the kitchen cabinets” — and paired it with a cowhide rug from rugsusa.com. The light fixture proved to be the trickiest piece of the puzzle. “I wanted this room to have a rustic vibe, but all the antler chandeliers I could find were either too expensive or too big,” she says. “This one from The Home Depot was the perfect size, and with a few coats of glossy white spray paint [Gloss White by Rust-Oleum], it looked exactly the way I envisioned it.”



Although she initially planned to wallpaper this wall in the playroom, Lindsay had second thoughts once she realized the ceiling is sloped. “Chris and I decided it was beyond our pay grade for our first attempt at hanging wallpaper.” Instead she hand-painted a design with leftover paint used throughout the house. The rest of the room is dedicated to corralling Rosie’s stuff: Two open-bin cabinets from wayfair.com are pushed together to make one long one. The Fine Mod Imports sputnik light with a copper finish is also from wayfair.com, and the teepee is from The Land of Nod.

Master Bedroom


The wallpaper (Blue Wildflower by Milton & King) that was intended for Rosie’s playroom found a home in here (and pasting it up was a success!). Lindsay faked a headboard by stapling hunter green velvet from the remnant bin at her local fabric store onto a piece of plywood padded with batting. Draped over a bench at the foot of the bed is a blanket she made by cutting a bath mat into strips, then gluing them and silver sequins onto a cream throw. The duvet cover and shams are from Garnet Hill, and the pink pillows are from Target.

Screened Porch


This space, just off the back entrance, didn’t always look this good. In fact, it used to be a windowless shed, but as part of the renovation, the Jackmans had large windows cut into the exterior and screens installed in them. Then they painted the walls Origami White by Sherwin-Williams but left the ceiling natural. “Thank goodness we made that choice,” Lindsay says. “Painting that ceiling would have been a nightmare.” The pair of chairs is from aeoutdoor.com, and Lindsay made cushions out of 4 yards of cream-color fabric she found in the remnant bin for $7. The wine-color rug cost less than $200 at rugstudio.com. 

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