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11 DIY Projects for Your Living Room

Take a look at the clever projects that make this living room personal and photo-worthy, then update your living room with budget-friendly color accents, a little bookcase rehab, and easy furniture fixes.


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    • Laying the Groundwork

      The brown, gray, and aqua color scheme makes a gender-neutral space filled with great ideas you can do.

      How to Do It
      -- Choose a neutral color for the wall (a creamy latte color works in this living room).
      -- Paint all your trim white for a crisp foundation for the pattern and color to come alive.
      -- Choose your favorite colors for accents and start shopping around for pillows and fabric you like.

    • Bookcase Facelift

      Revamp built-ins for display over storage space.

      How to Do It
      -- Remove any shelves from the built-ins.
      -- Coat the back of the shelves with a three-step Kelly green strie treatment.
      -- Install floating ledges and top with display pieces.

    • Ouch-Free Ottoman

      This ottoman doubles as a coffee table and the pillows can be pulled off the base and used as floor cushions. Make it yourself out of high-density foam and durable fabrics.

    • No-Sew Valance

      A tailored window treatment without dragging out the sewing machine? Yes, you can do it, and here's how.

      How to Make It
      -- Cut a 1-x-6-inch board a few inches wider than the bank of windows and cut two 6-inch-long pieces for the returns. Screw the returns to the board.
      -- Cut fabric to a height of 10 inches and to the desired width (leaving allowances for hems, the returns, and at least 8 inches for each box pleat) and hem all edges using fusible webbing.
      -- Position the board under the fabric, 3 inches from the top hem. Staple the fabric to the board, folding in pleats every 12 to 15 inches and wrapping around the returns.
      -- Hide the staples with glued on ribbon and buttons.

    • Curtain Detail

      Adding fabric bands -- such as this check and solid -- to curtains (especially inexpensive store-bought solid panels) is a sure way to boost style. Sew the fabric band to existing curtains, or use fusible webbing for a quick fix.

    • Fireplace Makeover

      A new surround and gas insert can make a once-unsightly fireplace a functional heating source and focal point. The granite is a custom stone kit from an online shop that cuts stone based on measurements you send. To install, adhere to a flat surface with construction adhesive.

    • 6-in-1 Photo Cubes

      These custom photo cubes have six images to share. It's easy to rearrange the cubes to show a new image, or rotate the cubes for a fun collage.

    • Ready-to-Finish Furniture

      For affordable new furniture, paint unfinished dining chairs and a table with black semigloss paint. For durability, add three coats of polyurethane.

    • Plate Art

      Here's the dish: Glue contrasting colors and sizes of plates together with epoxy or all-purpose glue (clamp them with a belt or bungee cord while the glue dries) and hang with plate hooks in columns on the wall.

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      Window Seat

      A window seat adds seating and storage without adding more furniture. The center section features a lift-up top with storage inside. The strie paint treatment around the bay window makes the dining area feel like a separate room from the living room it's attached to. For playful pillows, embellish with inexpensive belts and buckles.

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      Silhouette Art

      Can you spot the TV in this picture? It's creatively camouflaged by a wall of silhouette artwork.

      How to Make It
      -- Choose frames, then photocopy images to size.
      -- Tape each image to heavy black art paper and use a crafts knife to cut through both layers, protecting your work surface with a crafts mat.
      -- Use spray adhesive to adhere the silhouette to white mat board.

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      13 Beautiful Bookcase Makeovers

      Transform the boring bookcase or armoire that has been hiding in your basement for years into a fresh find perfect for any room of your house.
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