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This IKEA Hack Will Change The Way You Decorate Your Living Room (PHOTOS)

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We've all been there -- standing in front of that piece of furniture you've been hunting for forever, only to find out your glorious find is way out of our price range. [Insert heart sinking sound here.]

Blogger Krys Melo found herself wallowing in furniture disappointment before she decided to put her penchant for reimagining furniture pieces to work. "I wanted a cocktail ottoman to use as a table and footrest, in some great color, probably tufted, with a little gold to tie in with the rest of the room. Couldn’t find it," she wrote on her blog... until she discovered this IKEA VITTSJÖ table. The rest goes down in DIY-done-right history.

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Check out her full how-to on her blog, Melodrama and 7 more ways to update your living room this weekend, below.

  • Create Hand-Painted Wallpaper
    Revamp your walls without all that messy wallpaper removal by stenciling and painting your own design. It's as easy as creating a stencil, then tracing it with pencil on the entire wall and painting it by hand. Redo an entire room, or create an accent wall. Head over to Jones Design Company for full tutorial.
  • Update Your Window Treatment For Spring
    We all know that heavy drapes should be swapped out for sheers come late winter. But what we often forget is that sheer panels can often put the focus on an outdated curtain rods (read: those inexpensive white rods with built-in brackets). Luckily, curtain rods are affordable and easy to swap out, requiring little more than removing/adding screws.
  • Create A Landing Pad
    Don't misplace your keys again. Make a landing pad, or place to put your keys, mail and other items you don't want to forget, near your entryway. Simply place a cute plate or cup on a console table or bench near the door. For a few other landing pad ideas, head over to Sustainably Chic Designs.
  • Fix A Wobbly Chair
    It's a minor annoyance we often overlook. But fixing a tottering chair now could prevent further damage and save you money from having to buy a new one. (Or at least prevent a future embarrassing chair-breaking moment.) Simply drill a hole through the chair leg and fill the hallow joint with glue. Head over to DIY maven Martha Stewart for the simple tutorial.
  • Make An Indoor Garden
    Too hot to garden? An indoor one gets you out of the sun and adds a touch of life to any room. Herbs like basil and rosemary are the easiest, but any small, part-sun plant will work. Simply transplant to new pots and then group in clusters, creating a mini-garden feel.
  • Slipcover Your Sofas
    Buying a new slipcover is an easy way to create a whole new look without replacing your furniture. Options range from standard, inexpensive brands, to more expensive covers made from materials like suede. Make sure to measure the sofa correctly so you can find a slipcover that fits well.
  • Swap Out Your Switch Plates
    New switchplate covers can help make a small but noticeable change in any room. Pick one up that matches your decor, or, buy a plain one and decoupage it. Installation is simple--all you need is a screwdriver. Watch this video from for step-by-step instructions.

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