All too often the design solution for a spare room is to keep the door closed. But a couple with a two-bedroom condo in West Somerville decided to throw the door open and invite The Globe Magazine and two master of interior design candidates to overhaul their spare space for just $500…
The BAC designers - Becky Boyer, 29, and Melinda Cabanilla, 32 - used thrift stores and antique shops for decorative inspiration and ended up with 2 great pieces of furniture: a $10 walnut dovetail coffee table from the Goodwill store in Cambridge and a $100 credenza from Eddie's Furniture in Somerville. Other budget-friendly materials used in the room:
Tord Boontje Garland Light for $76; Fedora FLOR tiles for $6.99 a tile; and tinted fiberboard panels and veneer bowls by local designer Robert Pasersky of Open House Works.
Melinda explains the process behind this thrifty make-over: "He has a love for Frank Sinatra, she has a modern edge and they both love their dog, Tank. We were able to incorporate a little of everything in that room. If we had more time, I would have liked to visit an architectural salvage yard - instead we visited their basement. The wall mirror is actually a floor mirror with the stand removed and mounted to the wall. On a budget of $500 you have to get creative."
You can read the article here. We think they did a great job – especially adding the Tord Boontje Light and Benjamin Moore Metallic Glaze to bring some pop to the small space. Melinda's tips on using a metallic glaze: "The application is very precise and if you don't evenly apply it, can look streaky. Use a thicker pile roller to give a seamless finish and the room will have a glow that makes you want to melt into the space. I love the result, it looks amazing!"