before crafstman style living room, coffered ceiling, reader budget remodel
Photo: Nathan Kirkman
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Warmed-Up Living Room: Before

Shown: The mostly empty living room lacked detail.

The Project Tally
• Built the coffered ceiling using birch plywood and alder $250
• Assembled bookcases by facing plywood frames with alder $370
• Stained all the wood and gave it a coat of polyurethane $80
• Added hardware to cabinets $30
• Installed an electric fireplace insert $330
• Mounted stone veneer on cement board to create a rustic surround $280
• Added thick wood baseboards $60
Total $1,400
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