Welcome to the first edition of the Design Edit — a quarterly post featuring home design and decor topics to inspire, teach, and share. This edition is all about DIY Living Room Decor.
Decor Ideas for Your Family Room
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything about our home remodeling shenanigans. We’ve slowly been making progress on the family room — the last room of the main level to get a facelift.
New seating has been ordered, we’re sketching out ideas for a hand-crafted coffee table, and once the furniture arrives, we’ll be able to select a new rug to tie it all together. Can’t wait to share the before and after photos to show you the transformation!
Until then, I’ve got some amazing family room design ideas from talented home decor bloggers to share. If you’re looking to give your own living or family room a refresh, I think you’ll find some inspiration or a DIY project to help you on your way!
Removable Wall Paper
Whether you just can’t commit, want to make a huge impact, or simply need a temporary change, damage free removable wall paper is a budget-friendly solution.
Look at this gorgeous wall paper install from At Home With Jessi Dee. Jessi continued the look onto her kitchen island that sits adjacent to the living space, bringing cohesion to an open plan. And, her styling is on point!
Click through for her super helpful installation tips!
Meagan at MeaganNichole.com fell in love with the rustic-meets-modern style of a hairpin bench while shopping for one to complete her board and batten entry. She wasn’t so much in love with the price tag, though, so she DIY’d a bench for a fraction of the cost. Problem solved!
Hairpin legs are available in so many heights. You can find sizes to outfit book cases, coffee tables, or consoles. Attach these to a live edge piece of reclaimed timber and you’ll have a beautiful conversation piece for your family or living room.
Meagan shares step-by-step instructions and photos to make this project a breeze!
Or, Makeover Furniture
Sometimes you have a perfectly good piece of furniture that no longer suits your aesthetic. Why spend a bunch of money replacing it when all it needs is a makeover?
Toni at Girl, Just DIY! shows us how to deconstruct an end table and give it new life, giving a Mission-style table an industrial makeover.
Even if you aren’t super handy, Toni’s instructions may just inspire you to grab those power tools.
Paint Over Outdated
We’ve all had one, or at least have seen one — the dreaded brass fireplace cover. Long after their heyday, they become chipped, pitted, tired versions of their once sparkly selves.
Enter, high-heat paint! Jennabel, from Peony Street, shows us how she gave new life to a set of dated, brass fireplace doors with a few supplies and a little time. This one day DIY can save you hundreds on new doors and instantly brings your fireplace into this century!
Jennabel provides a supply list and detailed instructions to do the job yourself!
When It Takes More Than Paint
Brooke from Restore Decor and More waited 14 years to get her dream fireplace surround and mantel. See how she transformed a blah, builder grade fireplace into a modern farmhouse centerpiece.
She shares her tips and how-to’s for painting the firebox, tiling and trimming, and DIYing a mantel.
Hack for Hanging Art
Hanging anything on a wall gives me anxiety. This how-to from Kim at Today’s Creative Life is brilliant! Wish I’d found out about this sooner!
Want to create a your own gallery wall on a budget? Round up old frames or hit thrift stores and yard sales for the sizes you need — it doesn’t matter what color or style the frames are. Remove the glass and set up a spray paint station. Spray the frames in a single color to tie them all together.
Now, grab Kim’s how-to and create your own gallery!
Whole Living Room Refresh
Because before and after photos are the best. thing. ever. here’s a couple of whole room remodels and refreshes to check out!
Libbie at A Life Unfolding shares her basement turned family/game room. I love her wall treatments — a great alternative to hanging art. Talk about dramatic!
Kim from Today’s Creative Life refreshed a friend’s entire family room on a budget! She shares her decision-making process for selecting pieces + treatments — invaluable!
I hope you enjoyed these creative solutions! Stay tuned for our family room reveal in the coming weeks, and catch up on our home renovation journey so far.
In the meantime, share a comment about what family room projects you’re working on, or ask for advice if you’re in a design pickle!
Pin these DIY Living Room Decor Ideas for when you’re ready to tackle your refresh!
All photos used with permission from content creators.
What a wonderful post! So much inspiration (I pinned the heck out of it)! Thank you for including our Game Room renovation with all these gorgeous spaces. xx
Libbie! Thank you for sharing your beautiful reno with us!
Jennifer Passmore says
I never thought of removable wallpaper before. Actually, I’ve never even HEARD of it. That is pretty cool!
Kelly Bolen says
I have been re-decorating this last year. Lots of DIYs! Love the suggestions! Everything looks great!
I’ve been seeing a lot of people using removable wallpaper lately and I love it! It’s such a good way to make your space pop with personality! These are all great ideas!
So many great ideas! I love the idea of using removable wall pape.
These are great ideas! I live in a townhome and can’t paint or put up wallpaper (at least not easily), but I looove gallery walls and making the most of my furniture. It’s fun to see all these DIY suggestions, giving me inspiration for my own home!
Sarah Althouse says
I am a HUGE fan of wallpaper. Removeable or otherwise. Haha
I love these ideas! I am always a little nervous to do any sort of DIY decor in my home because I don’t have a lot of experience with it. But that mantel with the removable wallpaper is just stunning! What a great idea.