Refresh Your Rooms – The Living Room, Part 2

If you’re just joining us, welcome! Click here for part 1

Update your accessories. So you’ve “shopped the house” and found something, but it’s not the right color. No problem. Consider giving what you already have a new look with spraypaint. One or two quick coats will do. 

Stumped on what color to use? Almost everything looks better in white. Black is also a good choice. Spraypaint with metallic finishes are also available. In less than a half hour, your piece will look brand new.

Both of the pieces above were spraypainted. The tall accessory was an ugly gold lamp base. I stripped the electrical components, glued a $2 finial from the craft store and painted the whole thing black. Much, much better!

I purchased the basket for $5 at a flea market this summer. A couple of thin coats of spray paint made all the difference. (Too bad the toys in there never make it to the toy room. Sigh).

Fabric. Fabric brings a room to life. It is an easy way to inject a bold or subtle pattern, color or texture into a space.

  • Do you have a nubby throw you could use in here? Toss it over a corner of a sofa or chair. Choose one in a cheery color or a neutral with a great texture. (I love this one so much it’s coming with me to my nursing home someday. Seriously).
  • Pillows, pillows, pillows. You can find some inexpensive ones at discount stores like Big Lots or Walmart. I just scored a set of three silk pillows that looked brand new at Goodwill for $3 each. Now they are sitting pretty in our family room.

If you are feeling crafty, you can even make your own. They are super easy and you can choose your own fabric with a color or pattern to coordinate with your existing furniture. I made one on New Year’s Day using leftover fabric and some fabric paint. Come back tomorrow where I’ll share step by step instructions on how to make this little guy.

Curtains. Can you take some curtains from another room and put them to use in your living room? If the answer is no, look again at discount stores for some great deals this time of year.

Or, make your own. If you use the clip rings, you won’t even have to bother with button holes. LOVE that!

I’ve even seen inexpensive drop cloths used for window treatments. Yep, plain ‘ol painters drop cloths. I KNOW! They are neutral, have a great texture and are oh so cheap and chic. Plus, the edges are already finished so they make a great no-sew option. This photo is from one of my favorite blogs, The Lettered Cottage.

If all else fails, maybe a fresh coat of wall paint is in order. Later in the week I’ll be posting some of my favorite paint colors of all time. I’ll also provide some links to some other bloggers’ favorite paint colors for added inspiration.

Now it’s your turn. Have you freshened up your space? If so, how? I’d love to hear from you.

Published in: on January 5, 2011 at 8:30 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Hey thanks for the shout out! 🙂
    Loved the post too!


  2. Love your ideas girl!! 🙂

    What could I make/buy for some cheap cute flowery/girly curtains for Caty’s room? We have some sheers, but we need some full length curtains now for more privacy. Her room is a light pink & sagey green. Any websites with cheap curtains that you know of?

    • OK, so I have a rather non-traditional solution for you. Walmart sells twin sheets separately for about $4 each. What if you purchased two of them, hung them on clip rings and treated them like curtains.

      Not sure if they have pink, but they just may have a sage color. If not, they do have white because that is what is hanging in my bedroom right now:)

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