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1970s Den
1970s Den
Room: Living Room
Colours: Green;
Style: Themed;
Budget: High
Programme: Changing Rooms
Designer: Anna Ryder Richardson;
Feature: Retro Bar
Step back to the 1970s and make your very own retro den.

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To achieve the look purchase some original retro wallpaper. Put the paper up on one wall and paint the other walls a matching avocado green. Clad the alcove wall with tongue and groove and stain a very dark teak.
Make your own small corner bar from teak veneered MDF. Cover using teak varnish. To make a shiny surface, cut plywood into a retro pattern and paint using a bone colour. Then attach to the front of the bar. Dress with cocktail glasses.
Bar alcove cupboard
Bar alcove cupboard
Remove the cupboard doors and insert shelving for glasses and alcohol. Light shelf with special link strip lights.
White alcove cupboard
White alcove cupboard
Replace cupboard doors with MDF doors. Cut out four large holes on each door. Cover with frosted acrylic panels behind. Insert striplights to create one large light box.
Recover an existing sofa with thick brown cord. Make cushions from lime green cord with retro liberty print fabric.
Coffee table
Coffee table
Purchase an 80cm (31.5") diameter piece of safety glass. Purchase tint film from a specialist company. Cut to shape and then peel and spray with a water solution. Place onto glass and remove excess water using a squeegee. Use flexi-ply for the base.
Retro art
Retro art
Dress the room with pieces of retro art. Stretch some rough acid yellow linen over a timber frame and staple. Cut out circles of felt in different sizes and colours and attach with velcro dots.
1970s touch
1970s touch
To complete the room add white plastic tables and stools, chrome bar stools, a retro domed light shade and retro lamps and plants.
  Products   Tint film for Table   Brand    
  Details   Tint film   Cost    
  Supplier   Glass Tint          
  Web/tel   01482 654654          
  Products   Retro wallpaper   Brand    
  Details   Pattern 445   Cost    
  Supplier   EW Moore          
  Products   Paints   Brand    
  Details   Avocado green 'Topaz 10C35-UC56'   Cost    
  Supplier   Leyland          
  Web/tel   01924 354100          
  Products   Varnish   Brand    
  Details   Dark teak wood stain   Cost    
  Supplier   Liberon          
  Web/tel   01797 367555          
  Products   MDF   Brand    
  Details   Teak veneered MDF, flexi-ply   Cost    
  Supplier   From all good DIY stores          
  Products   Strip-lights   Brand    
  Details   Special link strip lights   Cost    
  Supplier   QVS          
  Web/tel   01293 781234          
  Products   Fabric   Brand    
  Details   Lime green cord   Cost    
  Supplier   Classic Textiles          
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