Give your living room a completely new look in a weekend. We transformed this small living room into a modern farmhouse-inspired space with three super simple DIY projects.
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Giving your living room a fresh new look doesn't have to mean hiring an interior designer and knocking out walls. This living room was a nice size with beautiful natural light but was looking a little worn and dated. We partnered with Chris and Julia Marcum from Chris Loves Julia, to give the space the facelift it needed with a few supplies from the hardware store.

The dark floating flooring replaced dated carpet and snapped into place quickly. A large-scale, custom piece of art above the sofa makes a statement on what was once a blank wall. And we built sturdy two-tone side tables to flank the sofa. In just two days, we made this room a beautiful, inviting space perfect for entertaining or cozying up for a TV marathon.

Add a Floating Floor

living room white wood brown couch

Installing a floating laminate floor was a simple project that snapped into place in a few hours. We selected flooring with a dark stain and a hand-scraped finish to mimic the look of real hardwood. This particular product came with the foam underlayment installed on the underside of each plank, which meant we could skip the step of installing sheets of underlayment. With just a few tools, this flooring was a breeze to install on the first day. Once the floor was finished, we installed quarter round trim along the perimeter to cover the expansion gap. Removing the carpet and replacing it with this floating floor was an instant update that gave the room a sophisticated look.

Create Custom Art

living room close-up of pictures on shelves picture ledge
Credit: Jason Donnelly

Make gallery-worthy art pieces in minutes. Inspired by the swirly lines of an oversize drywall masher (it looks a lot like a potato masher), we created this modern statement piece in less than an hour. We selected a white, charcoal gray, and tan color scheme and used the masher to stamp the paint on the 3x4-foot canvas. The high-contrast palette was ideal for the modern farmhouse look we wanted. While the canvas dried, we painted wood trim pieces for the frame. Once the paint on all the elements was dry, we nailed the wood trim around the perimeter of the canvas to finish the work of art.

Build Modern Farmhouse Side Tables

farmhouse side table in living room

We used affordable stock lumber to build custom two-tone end tables in the living room. We used 2x2 poplar pieces to build a modern box base, then painted it a crisp white. The top was made from 2x4s cut to length and stained a light gray. Assembled with some wood screws and a few dabs of glue, these one-of-a-kind side tables were easy to build in just a few hours. The pair of tables flank the sofa and accomplish the modern farmhouse style we wanted.

Comments (20)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
January 9, 2021
Love the rug! Where is it from?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 20, 2019
Too bland. Artwork is boring. Had she done this with different colors instead of shades of gray (which there was already plenty of), it might have been a nice focal point for the room. Also, whomever is doing your closed captioning must need a hearing aid. It had nothing to do with what they were really saying. Does anyone ever proofread this? Someone who is hearing impaired would be better off just watching the pictures instead of being distracted by laughable "captioning".
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 20, 2019
Too bland. Artwork is boring. Had she done this with different colors instead of shades of gray (which there was already plenty of), it might have been a nice focal point for the room. Also, whomever is doing your closed captioning must need a hearing aid. It had nothing to do with what they were really saying. Does anyone ever proofread this? Someone who is hearing impaired would be better off just watching the pictures instead of being distracted by laughable "captioning".
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 14, 2019
It is subtle. Enough color to make it interesting. I would change the artwork for something more dramatic however.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 13, 2019
I really like the shelf above the sofa! However, thinking its going hit a lot of people in the head.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 13, 2019
Does she realize she gave us all her credit card number???!!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
February 23, 2019
The art piece and the floor were my favorite things. Good job. Not everyone wants to be blasted with color.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
February 23, 2019
Same ol’; same ol’
Better Homes & Gardens Member
February 11, 2019
Isn't there supposed to be an underlayment under the flooring? Nice work on refreshing the room!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
February 11, 2019
i like/love your room...simple colors , i like neutral colors...my only thing is the side tables...you could of taken the old ones , added wood at the bottom and added a new top and a bit of paint and recycled instead of replaced....just a thought :) you can come do my floors this weekend LOL :)
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 30, 2018
My favorite part is the little armadillo under the coffee table. I like the finished look and the video gives inspiration that things can be accomplished in a few hours.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 22, 2018
One word; BLAND!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 15, 2018
Funny! I like the rustic farmhouse look but I'm even getting tired of seeing it so much. I agree, too. Room needs more color.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 14, 2018
I like the rug but that's about it. Who would want that type of "art" on their wall? Not me! There's no personality in this room.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 13, 2018
Love the final version; what is the source for that beautiful area rug?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 13, 2018
Enough farmhouse and distressed furniture!!!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 13, 2018
We did the flooring in our kitchen dining area a d I love it. I also love the little tables, I may try to make those
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 13, 2018
Love the floor, not much else.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 4, 2018
Love this room! Looks much more updated and fresh. Love the artwork Julia!!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 3, 2018
Nice job! However, these two need to incorporate some pops of (different)colors to bring a little life to their room makeovers.