Home office sitting area and book shelves
Photo: Averbeck, Homeowner
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The Project Tally

• Gutted the room ourselves; hired a contractor to hang wallboard: $75

• Sanded and trimmed out cabinetry with lattice strips: $37

• Scored a "2 for 1" deal on oil-rubbed bronze hardware: $50

• Installed new sconces in place of fluorescent lighting. Primed, painted, and faux-finished with sale-table "oops" paint. Sealed floor with polyurethane: $92

• Turned an old shelf into a side table using leftover trim and paint: $0

• Repurposed a glass chandelier globe and glass insulators as cups to corral writing tools and scissors: $4

Total: $608
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