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Rustic Style Basement Makeover

Add country charm with a painted faux-brick wall.

To create interest in between two doors, House & Home senior editor Meg Crossley had a timeworn, faux-brick wall installed. She then mounted a vintage mantel in front and painted it all out in white. To create the look of a working fireplace, she cut out a portion of the insert, painted it black and then piled up birch logs to fill the space. The light fixture was found in a neighbour's trash bin and given a new life with nickel plating and tailored shades, while the stunning side tables were a steal at a local flea market. Layering a cow skin over a chunky jute rug adds a layer of warmth, and ties in with the neutral palette.

See a tour of Meg's basement renovation with Lynda Reeves on Online TV, plus get more Budget Decorating Ideas in our photo gallery.

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