Five DIY hacks to update your living room – with costs starting at just £20

The recent coronavirus lockdown means we’ve been spending more time than ever in our homes.

And, as many of us don’t want to risk going to bars or theatres, we’r spending a lot of time in our living rooms.

Looking around you may have noticed they’re looking shabby – or, maybe your style has just changed.

If that’s the case, and you don’t want to shell out a fortune, DIY could be the answer.

Creating bold feature walls, quirky fireplaces or colour-blocked walls are ways to add a touch more excitement to your living area.

Try one of these five creative updates for your sitting room.

1. Bold feature wall

Adding a bold colour on one wall, like black or dark blue, is very on-trend.

Clare Jordan, 44, a housekeeping manager from Liverpool, painted her wall completely black – and it looks totally Pinterest-worthy.

The mum used a water spray gun and scraper to remove the old wallpaper.

Then, she stuck down masking tape to ensure she got perfectly clean lines.

Clare said: “I also used a sponge roller, a good cutting in brush and lots of dust sheets.

"The paint cost £11 and was a well-known brand, Johnstone’s Paint, in a matte base, as I didn't want a shine or gloss look.”

She used the brush for the edges and filled the middle with the roller.

The finishing touches were lots of plants, terracotta and natural accessories.

Just make sure you fill in any dents or holes in the wall first as they’ll show up under the colour.

2. Modernised fireplace

If you have a fireplace it’s a great focal point – but, it can look old fashioned.

Hannah Albrighton turned her 1990’s fireplace into a 2020 one.

And, she managed the update for just £60.

Speaking to Daily Star Online, Hannah said: “I think I spent about £60.

“The Amazon tiles cost the most – I needed four packs and they were about £10 each per pack – then the spray paints were about £10 each.

“I already had the white wood/steel paint from a previous project.”

Hannah used Painter’s Touch spray paint in black from Rustoleum as well as their chrome metallic spray paint.

For the white, she used Johnstone’s wood & metal paint.

3. Sofa transformation

The sofa is the biggest piece of furniture in most sitting rooms – so don't forget to give them some TLC.

Jacqueline Alcroft, 34, a teacher, decided to update her bright red sofa with just £20 with paint.

The mum-of-one, from South Ayrshire, bought a 750ml tin of Frenchic’s Dusky Blush and painted her front door and her couch.

She gave each three coats and still had half a tin of paint at the end.

She told ‘“I bought the Frenchic Al Fresco paint inDusky Blush .

"I started by cleaning the whole sofa with sugar soap and then letting it dry.

“I used the dusky blush paint and a Frenchic small round brush.”

The soap is just £5.99 from B&Q and the paint costs £17.95 for 750ml.

4. Colour blocking

Another modern choice for the lounge is to choose a bold colour and stick with it.

Not for everything of course, but matching your walls with your couch and accessories can look very cool.

Victoria Jane achieved her dream living room on a small budget using value paint and second-hand furniture.

She unveiled a modern, deep-blue statement wall and sofa with a fresh white fireplace, stylish rug and statement mirror.

There were also some tasteful, but eclectic, flamingo lamps.

They painted the fireplace using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which costs £21.95 a tin.

And, Victoria purchased her grey medina rug from Land of Rugs.

Her statement mirror was from the IKEA range and the gold flamingo lamp was a steal at £37.50 from Matalan.

As for the on-trend blue wall paint, Victoria said that she used B&Q’s own-brand paint in Antibes and Hamptons.

5. Chic monochrome

Not a colour person? Try sticking to a monochromatic look.

Amanda Wojak, 40, spent £240 on a new sofa and renovated her entire living room for just £60 more.

The mum-of-two, a lettings negotiator, used a rug and accessories like cushions, candles and plants to transform the lounge.

She also painted and tiled her existing fireplace to give it a completely new look.

Amanda said: “It didn’t take long to do this room, including painting the walls and furniture – it took around one week.

“The fireplace was a total revamp, I used Rustoleum chalk paint on the fire surround, stove paint on the actual fire and the tiles were a bargain!"

You can find the star patterned tiles at Tiles Direct for £4.59 per tile or similar ones for £1.49 per tile.

Amanda added: “The TV unit and matching sideboard were also revamped using the same Rustoleum chalk paint.

“I wanted to try and spend as little as possible so the mandala style artwork above the fireplace was drawn by me.

“I already had the frames but I sprayed them black."

She continued: “My favourite accessory on the fireplace is the black and white Aztec vase which was from Asda home.

“My other great find is the wooden naughts and crosses box on the coffee table, I found this in TK Maxx for £3.50.”

Her cushions cost between £1 and £3 each from Primark and H&M and she purchased the woven chair for £5 on Facebook Marketplace.


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