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AFTER. In addition to changing to more contemporary (Credit: Steve Pfost)

AFTER. In addition to changing to more contemporary colors ($120 for three cans of paint from the Benjamin Moore), Dawn Bunyon encouraged Susan and Mark Bunyon to get rid of the outdated chairs ($804 for eight new ones from Jennifer Convertibles in Carle Place) and to keep and display the “beautiful warm, wood table.” The area rug cost $541 from Overstock.com. (Sept. 20, 2013)

A country-style dining room gets a facelift

After nearly 20 years of staring at the country style dining room in their New Hyde Park home, owners Susan and Mark Bunyon decided they'd had enough of country living. They turned to niece Dawn Bunyon, 24, who recently earned her interior design degree from the New York Institute of Technology in Westbury. Dawn, a freelance designer who owns DBInteriors, also works for Inside Out Design in Williston Park. The budget was strict. TOTAL: $2,330 (Dawn Bunyon says her usual fee for this makeover would have been $1,500.) -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

BEFORE. Designer Dawn Bunyon suggested the couple go
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BEFORE. Designer Dawn Bunyon suggested the couple go more contemporary — without getting all new furniture.

AFTER. In addition to changing to more contemporary
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AFTER. In addition to changing to more contemporary colors ($120 for three cans of paint from the Benjamin Moore), Dawn Bunyon encouraged Susan and Mark Bunyon to get rid of the outdated chairs ($804 for eight new ones from Jennifer Convertibles in Carle Place) and to keep and display the “beautiful warm, wood table.” The area rug cost $541 from Overstock.com. (Sept. 20, 2013)

The new, modern chandelier cost $273 from 1Stoplighting.com.
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The new, modern chandelier cost $273 from 1Stoplighting.com. (Sept. 20, 2013)

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The runner ($25 at HomeGoods) shows off the
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The runner ($25 at HomeGoods) shows off the table to the fullest. (Sept. 20, 2013)

Updating the hutch was as easy as replacing
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Updating the hutch was as easy as replacing the old-fashioned porcelain knobs with stylish, modern ones bought for $23 at The Home Depot in Jericho. (Sept. 20, 2013)

Dawn Bunyon incorporated blues and grays to accent
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Dawn Bunyon incorporated blues and grays to accent the new wall colors. (Sept. 20, 2013)

The four window panels cost $168 at Bed
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The four window panels cost $168 at Bed Bath & Beyond. (Sept. 20, 2013)

The flowers and vase ($59 at HomeGoods) echo
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The flowers and vase ($59 at HomeGoods) echo the artwork above. (Sept. 20, 2013)

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