Embrace little imperfections. The homeowner relished the opportunity to swap laminate floors for hardwood—but saved more than $1,000 with grade 2 red oak, which shows natural flaws. Create a "real room" feel. The wall of cabinets was replaced with a $200 hutch scored on Craigslist. The homeowner also hung a vintage chandelier, rewired for $45, to bring a sense of opulence to the space.