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Episode 106: Empty Nesting

Brenda and Keith are recent empty nesters in Raleigh, North Carolina. Now that their sons are both out of the house, they want to transform their spacious living and dining room into a relaxing retreat. Starting with the homeowners' mixture of furniture and artwork collected over many years, can Roger, Chris, and their team from CertaPro Painters® get these rooms transformed on time and under budget?

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  • Waverly Groovy Grille Citrus Fabric (for dining chairs)
    Jo-Ann Fabric · $29.99/yard · Website
  • Pin Market Orange Fabric (for cane chair)
    Printer's Alley · $21.25/yard · Website
  • Topsider Orange Fabric (for table runner)
    Printer's Alley · $16.00/yard · Website
  • 3 in. Satin Nickel Mandara Pull (for bar cabinets)
    Home Depot · $3.98 · Website
  • Ticking Throw Pillows
    Pottery Barn · Discontinued

Window Treatments

  • Rubbed Bronze 3/4 in. Sphere Curtain Rod
    Home Depot · $14.99 · Website
  • 1 in. Black Decorative Rings with Clips
    Home Depot · $11.99 · Website
  • Topsider Orange Fabric (for cafe drape)
    Printer's Alley · $16.00/yard · Website

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Establishing a color scheme

This makeover involved matching the existing wall color and pairing it with three new colors. Changing the built-ins to Dorian Gray added style and sophistication, downplaying the country look that the room had before. By carrying the gray across the room, the yellow was subdued and modernized. Black Fox added a new edge to the fireplace and cleaned up the wet bar and door. Finally, Tango gave the homeowner's dresser a custom look and tied it in with the rest of the accent pieces.

CertaPro Painters® handled this multi-color scheme, carefully preparing surfaces for a durable finish. The varied surfaces we needed painted — built-ins, shelving, brick, doors, furniture, and walls — all required specific primer and paint products. CertaPro's attention to these details and expertise in selecting the right products ensured a quick turn-around and maximum durability for the homeowners.

Building a rustic coffee table

The space desperately needed a new coffee table to better balance the sofa and provide more functional space. We started with plans found at design blog Shanty 2 Chic and modified them to include a larger tabletop. We only spent about $75 to build this table (not including the tools required, of course).

Revitalizing an old chair

Brenda and Keith had this old cane chair sitting unused in another room. Roger and team repainted the frame in Black Fox and recovered the cushions using a more up-to-date fabric. Updating this charming chair only cost us about $40.

Creating a dining table centerpiece

Roger wanted to give the dining table some interest while incorporating some live flowering plants. Chris built a simple trough from pre-primed 1x6 boards, using a miter saw to cut the edges at 45-degree angles. After using wood glue and screws to fasten the boards together, it received a coat of Black Fox paint. Roger created a simple liner made from garbage bags resting in the bottom and then added soil and a row of flowering plants.

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