'Kitchen Cousins' Branch Out, Renovate Family Den

Renovation experts transform living space without spending too much money.
3:00 | 10/26/12

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We have the renovating whizzes from "kitchen cousins" here. They took on transforming a room to a superexpensive-looking space. But they didn't spend a fortune at all. How did it turn out? You be the judge. Meet mom, cindy. Dad, richard. And 9-year-old daughter, rachel. This halloween, the new jersey family says the scariest part of their house isn't the skeleton who hangs out front. It's the room that looms within. Our family room is almost a waste of space. Once you start in this room, you'll usually go somewhere else. Reporter: For years, the family says the den they were dreaming of using has been a toy-filled mess, with no real furniture. It has a horrible rug. We had a 2nd birthday party. And we had a huge red cake. A piece fell. And there's a big, red spot on the rug. Cannot get rid of this rug. I want a new family room, new rug, so we could spend more time together. We need a family room makeover. Reporter: Fortunately, we knew who to call. Meet anthony carino and john culinary. Also known as hgtv's "kitchen cousins." They're real-life cousins and contractors who know about getting the good life without breaking the bank. We were told you might need a little help redesigning a room in the house. Reporter: Cousins have come up with a plan of action. You want to focus on one focal point for the room. This room, it's going to be a couch. We build off with other pieces that work well with that centerpiece. Reporter: Two months later, it was the moment they had been waiting for. It's beautiful. Reporter: Behold the difference. Here's the before. Here's the family room after. I really like my new desk. I love the couch. Reporter: Now, there's storage for all those toys. A new stain-free rug. And a nod to richard's love of baseball. And stylish, new lighting fixtures. Now, all I want to do is cuddle down on the couch. Who doesn't love a good cuddle. Joining us now is the stars of "kitchen cousins," any and john. Happy birthday, by the way. Appreciate it. Let's get some tips. If you're going to splurge, one key piece. A sofa, for comfort and longevity. You love an ottoman as a coffee table. I'm a neat freak. It has many areas. You keep all of your blankets or throws. It's also auxiliary seating. In a small space or on a budget, think about that. Things that have multiuses. I'm a big fan of that. We share a passion for the hunt. I understand you love a good flea market. We found this at brooklyn flea. A great way to accessorize a room. All of this stuff is $5 to $20. They're unique pieces. They create an individual room. They bring a lot of charm and character to it. Creating that one-of-a-kind look that tells a story and for not a lot of money. All you have to do is roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty. Everybody, check out "the kitchen cousins" on hgtv. Coming up here, ready, set, crawl. It's "gma's" diaper derby.

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