How to Redo a Living Room For Under $100

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Most of us would love to redo our living room with new living room furniture. If we can't fit new furniture in the budget, what can we do to make the room where we spend so much time with our family more pleasant?


Rearranging the living room furniture you already have can help sometimes. Want to do more than that? Here are more ideas that may help you redo your living room for less than $100.

Things You'll Need

  • Wall paint
  • Spray paint
  • Toss pillows
  • Lamp and picture frames for repainting.
  • Light bulbs
  • Cleaning products.
  • Before you begin to redo your living room, remove things from the room that do not belong there: This is one of the biggest mistakes we make when redoing any room. Things that do not belong in the living room can live elsewhere. Skateboards, soccer equipment, laptops-do we need these in the living room?

  • Prior to painting, clean everything: You can't paint over dust bunnies. Well, you can, but it adds a texture to the walls you may not have wanted. Vacuum or shampoo any furniture you will be using.

  • Pick one or two paint colors for the living room: It is often a good idea to use a darker color on one wall. This is usually the feature wall, where you may have your TV, or fireplace. If all walls need painting, consider a lighter color for the three remaining wall.

  • Decide which lamps and picture frames you will repaint: You may have a lamp somewhere in the house that would look great in the new living room once repainted. Also, picture frames repainted can add to an updated look. Still have items with the gold tones from 1978? Time to give these a better look.

  • Choose some toss pillows: You can usually buy inexpensive toss pillows in a store that also sells the paint you need. Try to buy pillows that will connect your furniture colors to the new wall colors.

  • When you get ready to paint the living room: Have as much furniture as you can moved to the center of the room. Use drop clothes, old sheets, or whatever you did the last time you painted. Don't have enough? Borrow what you can. Don't buy anything you don't have to. Drop clothes, ladders, extension poles-your brother or neighbor may have a shed full of these items.

  • Spray paint the lamps and picture frames you are changing: Think about using black spray paint. A touch of black paint can update a room. Add better light bulbs to your space. A brighter room may add to the new feeling.

  • Once you have painted your living room: Rearrange your living room furniture in a different traffic pattern. The new paint color with a different furniture arrangement might make you feel you are in a new home.

Tips & Warnings

  • If there are small kids who need to be occupied, let them paint one wall with very small brushes. You can go over anything that is not right later.
  • Check with friends and neighbors for extra paint they may have. There could be enough for you to do one wall!
  • Be sure to return anything you borrowed to paint your living room.

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  • Photo Credit Pat Anthony 2008
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