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Quick Living Room Redesign Tips

You've decided your living room needs a makeover. But you don't want to spend money on new furniture, artwork, or accessories right now.
Below are some quick interior redesign tips you can use to give your living room a new look right now without spending a dime. Follow our quick house repair tips in upcoming article and be jack of house trades.

TIP #1: Pull the Furniture Away From the Walls

Any room can benefit from this redesign technique. Pull the furniture away from the walls. Move the sofa, chairs, coffee table, etc. into a conversation area. If there's a large area rug in the living room, place it so that it defines this area, and make it look more pulled together.

If you're worried that your room is too small for this redesign technique, don't worry. Pulling the furniture away from the walls in a small room can actually help to make the room look bigger and more spacious.

pull furniture away

TIP #2: Choose a Focal Point

During your redesign, try to give the living room a focal point, whether it's the fireplace, a window with a great view, or the television. A focal point will make a room look more unified.

Choose a Focal Point

TIP #3: Try Different Groupings

You can create different "nooks" in your living room. For example, you can set a comfortable chair and small table over near the window to create a reading area.

Different Groupings furniture

TIP #4: Group Accessories

Having a little knick-knacks and accessories spread all over the living room, pull like-items together in odd-numbered groupings of 3 or 5 for a more unified, cohesive look. Group five candles together on the side table. You can also  make a group of three vases together on the mantle. Transfer or move a small collection of framed photographs together on an end table. But don't worry about the items matching. A grouping of vases that are different sizes, shapes and colors can be very appealing.

Group Accessories room

TIP #5: Borrow Items from Other Rooms

Interior redesign is all about using items you already have in new and interesting ways. So, think of items in other rooms that can add interest to your living room. The cedar chest in the guest bedroom could be used in place of the coffee table. The old, wooden coffee tray you've never known what to do with could be set on the ottoman.

borrow items from other rooms

TIP #6: Reposition Your Artwork

As a general rule, artwork should be hung at eye-level. More specifically, the center of your artwork should be about five feet from the floor. This will allow everyone, no matter how short or tall, to appreciate paintings and photographs.

Artwork in home reposition

TIP #7: Remove Items That Clash

Take a look around the living room. Are there any items with colors that make them stand out from everything else? Then think about removing those items from the room. The items in the living room don't have to match exactly. But items that clash dramatically with everything else can draw attention away from the rest of the room.

Interior redesign is the perfect way to give your living room a quick makeover. All you have to do is look at the things you already own with new eyes.

Remove Items from room

How to Repair Wood Shutters

If you have wood shutters on your home, there's no getting around the fact that they will begin to show damage over time. Constant exposure to sun, rain, wind, snow, and other weather elements will take its toll over time. However, there's no need to replace them. Repairing wood shutters is project you can do yourself in one weekend. Below we'll show you how to repair wood shutters and make them look, and operate, like new.

Your shutters may be simply for decorative purposes, or they may be operational. In other words, they may sit fixed beside the windows, or they may actually close shut to protect the widow itself.

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Materials needed to repair wood shutters:

  • Screw gun or drill with screw bit
  • Wire brush
  • Wire brush
  • Putty for wood
  • Wood putty
  • Wood glue
  • Wood glue
  • Clamp(s)
  • clamps
  • Putty knife
  • Putty knife
  • Electric sander
  • Electric sander
  • TSP Cleaner Paint
  • TSP Cleaner Paint
  • Stain Paintbrush
  • Stain Paintbrush

How to repair wood shutters:

 

STEP 1 - Remove the shutters

Shutters can be removed easily from the exterior the home with a screw gun or electric drill with screw bit. Operating shutters are typically attached with a pin hinge which should simply lift out of place. Place the shutters on a flat surface.

STEP 2 - Inspect

Inspect each shutter for damage. You'll be looking for evident signs of distress or damage. This includes dents, chips, cracks, rust, paint flakes, and so on.

STEP 3 - Scrub

Using a wire brush and scrub the shutters thoroughly. This will help remove loose paint, rust, debris, and so on. If the shutters are louvered, take care to get in between and underneath each louver. Wipe clean with a soft dry cloth.

STEP 4 - Clean

Clean the shutters with TSP Cleaner. This will remove all traces of dirt, mildew, mold, and other debris. This will help the new paint or stain adhere, and extend its life, when it is applied later on.

STEP 5 - Fill

Use wood putty to fill in chips or dents. Apply it liberally and smooth out with a putty knife.

STEP 6 - Repair

Wood glue can be used to secure split wood. Use a clamp to hold the wood together. Follow product directions for proper dry time.

STEP 7 - Sand

Remove the clamps and sand the entire surface until smooth. For your own protection, you should be wearing a ventilation mask and protective goggles during this process.

STEP 8 - Paint or sand

Give your shutters a fresh look with a new coat of paint or stain. Make sure you are using a product that is strictly for outdoor use. Apply a second coat when the first is dry and let it sit overnight.

STEP 9 - Replace damaged hardware

If there are any screws or hinges that are rusted or stripped, replace them with the necessary hardware.

STEP 10 - Rehang the shutters

Put the shutters back in place. Use a carpenter's level, if necessary, to ensure they are level.

You can keep your shutters looking their best by pressure washing them twice a year. This will remove mold, mildew, dirt, insects, and other debris and maintain the look of your home.