before cottage style dining room, reader budget remodel
Photo: Nathan Kirkman
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Cottage-Style Dining Room: Before

Shown: Blank walls and barely-there baseboards made for a dull dining room.

The Project Tally
• Bought a large navy-and-white rug on sale to inspire the new look $222
• Primed and painted in a navy-and-white scheme $80
• Added MDF for faux board-and-batten wainscot, and beefier baseboards finished with quarter-round molding $200
• Caulked gaps where boards meet the walls $25
• Hired an electrician friend to wire in a new chandelier $190
• Created a leaded effect on the window with specialty paint $11
Total $728
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