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Location: Las Vegas
Measurement in square footage 114
Year of construction 1990
Priority: You can enjoy the stunning views from this dining space.
DesignBlogger paid the downpayment for her Las Vegas house. Angela Rose wasn’t in any position to swap out the dated windows and doors in the ’90s space (replacing just one of the latter can cost As high as $1,500). You get a 200-square-inch pane kit and a textured rug by her. just-launched Loloi collectionA couple of bright pendant shades, as well as a few accessories, were within the budget. “It’s a completely different home now when you walk in,”Rose.
After all, the whole reason Rose landed on this property after touring dozens of places was the dreamy backyard, complete with a pool and basketball court—and the views of it from the dining room. But the problem was that big, sliding glass doors which open onto the patio were covered in bulky interior shutters. “I knew they had to come off,”Rose recalls. Rose, an experienced renovator, talks about how she’s perfected this vantage point.
Modern Trimming: Do You Want to Shake Well?
More exciting was the news that you could spray paint the exterior edges of your doors and windows to transform the views. To prep the space, I got it nice and clean (for aluminum, you just need to wipe down the trim; for vinyl, I’d scuff it up a bit with sandpaper). While it’s tempting to get full coverage the first time around, I kept moving as I sprayed the Rustoleum paintThree light coats were applied to avoid drip marks.
Griddy with It
It is large with 13-foot ceilings. The light fixtures measure 24 inches wide. To make it feel smaller, we added grids to the windows. PVC KitThis one comes in white. I cut all the pieces with my handheldsaw, and joined them together. After that, I pulled out the spray paint can. But first, I covered the exterior-facing side with painter’s tape; that way it remains white and matches the rest of the home’s windows from the outside. After the grids had dried, I attached them using clear foam double-sided tape.
Here’s how to walk.
The old tile was replaced with wood-look tiles shortly before moving into our new place. Stoneform flooringWarranty: 20-year warranty. Because this is such a huge area, it was necessary to place a large rug over the top. The natural/black was my choice Striped designMy jute Colton Collection—one of three in my 20-piece Loloi collaboration. (AubreyThis book features beautiful, vintage-inspired printed designs. BlakeIt reimagines old styles and power loomed in warm earth tones with a hint of fringe.
The particular piece, a handwoven texture piece made in India is handmade. Even when there are crumbs on the floor, it looks amazing. It’s available in seven sizes, but I opted for the 7’6”-by-9’6”; that way all the legs of the chairs can easily fit, making scooting in and out a breeze.
Greatness can be found in brushing
I decided to go with Portola’s Roman Clay for the skim-coated walls to give a sense of soul and earthiness—and it only cost me $400. For a soft look, I tried different sizes of the materials. Because the corners required a lot of work, it was nearly 24 hours to complete. The corners would look better if I had the chance to do it again. then overlapped it with the Roman Clay so I didn’t have to be so precise. Owning a couple sets of scaffolding was a huge help—it’s one of the first things I purchased for this new house because I didn’t want to be limited by my height.
Grace is key for aging with grace
The interior and the chain are both included. These pendant lamps were $400I liked the space’s bright gold color, but I felt it needed more black elements to tie in my other elements. Loloi rug. The chains were quickly covered with black spraypaint. This was necessary to roughen up the inside. $8 Rub ’n BuffIt can be toned down to brown.
I crafted my own ceiling beams for $2,000 by mounting 2-by-6s to the joists with 3 ½-inch-long screws—they’re not going anywhere. Then, I used wood glue and tape to attach three poplar planks (with mitered edges) to the joists. Next I created U-shaped boxes with wood glue. When everything was dry, I lifted both boxes using helping hands. Then, I attached the two 2-by-6s to each other with 2 inch-long nails.
Once my mind starts reimagining a space, I can’t stop. My mind is always thinking. “I could add this.” These are the detailsAlternately, you can switch the device out here.I was inspired by the dining room design. It’s a good place to be.