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Check out our do-it-your­self ideas or restyle with shop­ping tips for your liv­ing room, kitchen and bed­room

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Do-it-your­self tips and shop­ping hints for a quick makeover

In­dus­trial style Trans­form your cof­fee or side table by re­mov­ing the legs and re­plac­ing them with on-trend metal hair­pin legs for a ware­house in­spired feel. Try ebay or Etsy for a set and fol­low the in­struc­tions to screw them se­curely into place.

Sew pretty Give your sofa a mini makeover by sew­ing your own cush­ion cov­ers. Mix and match a few dif­fer­ent fabrics and style them up on your sofa to re­fresh your look. En­ve­lope-style cush­ion cov­ers are quick to make if time is of the essence. put your feet up Re­uphol­ster a large foot­stool in a state­ment fab­ric for an in­stant up­date. Cut the ma­te­rial to size so it fits around the top of the stool, with enough for the edges and un­der the base. Se­cure with a sta­ple gun mak­ing sure that it’s taut all the way around. Move it A reshuf­fle of your fur­ni­ture can make a big dif­fer­ence to your room. Switch large pieces around like the sofa and tele­vi­sion, then slot side ta­bles and shelv­ing units into their new space. Off the wall Cre­ate your own piece of wall art to hang as a fo­cal point above a fire­place. Use stamps and sil­ver ink to il­lus­trate a sim­ple tree de­sign, or get cre­ative with spray paints on can­vas to come up with a speedy ab­stract idea. Colour block Add a splash of colour by painting a shelv­ing unit in a punchy shade. This looks great against white walls or in a room need­ing some char­ac­ter. Try lin­ing the back of the unit with wall­pa­per to in­tro­duce some pat­tern, too. prints charm­ing If you’re feel­ing bold, why not dec­o­rate an al­cove in your liv­ing room with pat­terned wall­pa­per. Choose a paste-the-wall style of paper to help speed up the process, but you may want to call in help from the ex­perts if there are lots of fid­dly bits to work around.

Hang­ing out Fix a rail to the wall above your kitchen counter to store uten­sils, pots and pans. This is a great way to show­case your pret­ti­est kitchenware and will help keep your space in order with all the es­sen­tial items to hand. Paint job Trans­form your din­ing room fur­ni­ture with a lick of paint in a colour to suit your scheme. Mix and match dif­fer­ent shades for your din­ing chairs to cre­ate a strik­ing set, and try a dipped paint ef­fect on the legs for a con­tem­po­rary twist. Tile tip Is your kitchen look­ing a bit tired? Spruce up plain wall tiles by adding dec­o­ra­tive stick­ers for a fresh look. Use them to en­hance a splash­back that looks a bit out of date. Try Ama­zon for a range of dif­fer­ent de­signs. clean lines Re­fresh your kitchen tiles by giv­ing them a good clean and re-grout them with a grout pen. A new layer of white grout will have your tiles look­ing as good as new; do choose one that is wa­ter­proof and mould re­sis­tant. Smart idea Ap­ply a frosted film to the glass pan­els on your kitchen cab­i­nets to help hide clut­ter on the shelves in­side. Cut a roll of film to size to fit each panel. Choose a pat­tern for added in­ter­est. DIY De­tails Bring your kitchen units up to date in next to no time by chang­ing the han­dles on draw­ers and cup­boards. Go for a play­ful de­sign for a quirky look or stick with some­thing that suits your cur­rent kitchen decor and will stand the test of time.

14 Cur­tain call

Hide un­sightly kitchen ap­pli­ances by hang­ing an un­der-the-counter cur­tain. Choose a fab­ric that co­or­di­nates with your blinds or other kitchen tex­tiles and hang along a small rail that is cut to fit the space.

15 Wall decor

up­date your bed­room walls in just an hour by hang­ing a se­ries of shelves or pic­ture ledges. Try Home­base or ikea for float­ing and bracket de­signs and then style them up with your favourite ac­ces­sories for a new look.

16 New from old

Give a tired piece of bed­room fur­ni­ture a new lease of life by up­cy­cling it with a lick of paint. sand the sur­face be­fore painting and ap­ply a layer of wax when fin­ished. Get cre­ative with a pretty sten­cil de­sign to add a fi­nal flour­ish.

17 smart space

Why not lean a large mir­ror against your bed­room wall to in­stantly re­fresh the space and make it feel big­ger. By re­flect­ing light in a new way, you’ll see your room dif­fer­ently with­out in­vest­ing lots of time and money in a big DIY job.

18 Pretty pan­els

re­vamp a wardrobe by ap­ply­ing pat­terned paper to the sur­face of the doors. Cut the paper to size and re­move any air bub­bles as you stick it down for a smooth-look­ing fin­ish.

19 Soft touch

Fix a rail to the wall above your bed to dis­play a fab­ric wall­hang­ing or over­sized cush­ions. you could even use a pretty throw for a quick trans­for­ma­tion. Do check that the rail is strong enough to bear the weight of the fab­ric.

20 Bright idea

Take one lamp­shade-mak­ing kit, a new fab­ric, and trans­form your room in no time. Buy a kit with a ring of the cor­rect di­am­e­ter for your lamp base and fol­low the sim­ple in­struc­tions to ap­ply your cho­sen fab­ric.

21 fin­ish­ing touches

If you don’t have time to re­paint your bed­room, wall stick­ers are a quick and hassle-free al­ter­na­tive. They are per­fect for adding in­ter­est or decorating a fea­ture wall. Ex­per­i­ment with adding de­signs to the ceil­ing or along shelves, too.

Utilise shelf hooks to cre­ate ex­tra hang­ing space

In­stall wall pan­elling to hide un­even sur­faces and add a so­phis­ti­cated style

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