10 DIYS to Take Your Living Room to the Next Level

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10 DIYS to Take Your Living Room to the Next Level
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If you're itching to give your living room an upgrade, but don't want to spend a ton of money doing it — this one's for you. By getting creative you can DIY a high-end look for a fraction of what you'd spend at a big box store for the same thing. From an eye-catching rug made from a canvas drop cloth, to a chic marble lamp made from baseboard tiles — here are 10 projects that will help you take make your living room anything but basic.

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Mid-century modern plant stand
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Make a Mid-Century Modern Planter

You can master this mid-century modern planter in a single afternoon, even if you have no prior experience working with power tools. Customize it by painting or staining the base to coordinate with the planter you chose, then add in an easy to care for plant. When you're all finished your living room will be right on trend.

Sculptural spheres
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Glam It Up with Sculptural Spheres

Add a glam touch to your living space with a set of these sculptural spheres. Made from easy to find materials like vinyl tubing, wire and spray paint, this is one project that won't linger on your to-do list for long. Display them on your mantle, in a basket on the table or mixed in on your bookshelf.

Minimalist magazine rack
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Go Minimalist with a Natural Magazine Rack

Keep a stack of reading material within reach with this wooden magazine rack. Give the finished product a coat of paint to match your living room's color scheme or let the natural wood shine, either way — this DIY definitely has a happy ending.

mid-century modern hanging planter
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Hang a Modern Planter

Part planter, part work of art — this mid-century modern hanging planter is just what that blank wall in your living room is looking for. Bringing plants inside is a great way to make your room come alive and added bonus — they'll boost the rooms air quality, too. Whether you choose to just make one or to create a grouping of them on your wall, these planters are going to be the envy of all your visitors.

Yarn pom-poms
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Update a Plain Wicker Basket with Pom-poms

Adding a few oversized pom-poms to a wicker basket you already own is a quick and easy way to completely change the look of it without having to spend any money. All you'll need is one skein of yarn per pom-pom and a pair of sharp scissors. Go with the always classic black and white or add a fun seasonal pop of color, like orange and yellow for summer.

DIY marble lamp
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Make a High-End Marble Lamp from Inexpensive Materials

Dress up your end table with a chic new marble lamp. But before you panic and ask about the price tag, know that this lamp was constructed from inexpensive baseboard tiles and a simple lamp kit. High design and a high price tag don't have to go hand-in-hand and this lamp proves it.

drop cloth rug
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Create a Cool Rug from a Canvas Drop Cloth

Turn an inexpensive hardware store drop cloth into a jaw-dropping new rug. Create a zig-zag pattern with strategically placed strips of painters tape and our printable template before finishing with a few coats of black acrylic paint. Add a border of pom-poms along the two shorter ends and this drop cloth rug will be the new star of your living room.

fireplace board and batten
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Frame Your Fireplace with Wainscoting

Turn your fireplace into a major focal point by giving the surrounding wall a custom built-in wainscoting effect called board and batten. If you're intimidated at the thought of using a table saw, rest assured since most home improvement stores will make the cuts for you. From there all you'll have to do is attach the planks to the wall and paint.


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