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Guide To A DIY Living Room Renovation

If you’re thinking of renovating your living room, there are quite a lot of different aspects to think about and get right. If you’re aiming to completely do it yourself, then you may find there are one or two skills you’ll need to pick up along the way.

Here’s a quick guide to a DIY living room renovation:

Guide to a DIY living room renovation

Prepping your walls for decorating

Before you can start redecorating the walls, there’s often a bit of prep you need to do first. Walls ideally need to be smooth and free from old wallpaper and glue, bumps and cracks. So, the first thing to do is make sure you’ve stripped the walls of paper. A wallpaper steamer is the easiest way to do this. You’ll also need a scraper to make sure you get all the last bits of residue off.

Next, you’ll need to fill any hairline cracks in the plaster. These can be fixed with a ready-mixed filler or a powder filler that you mix yourself. Once filled and dry, you may need to give the walls a sand down.

If your walls are a bit too rough or bumpy, you may prefer to give them a new coat of plaster. Learning how to skim a wall is a bit of a skill and doesn’t suit everyone. However, with the right tools it can be satisfying to give it a go. If you’re a beginner, you may find a plastic trowel will work better than a new metal one. A traditional finishing trowel has a sharp edge that needs to be worn in first, whereas a plastic one should be ready to use.

Laying a new floor

If you’re renovating a living room, no doubt you’ll be looking to lay a new floor. And if you’re doing it yourself then there may be a bit of prep you need to do here too.

First, you’ll need to remove any old flooring such as carpet or laminate. And you’ll need to check the condition of your subfloor, which may be concrete or floorboards. If it’s concrete, it should be level and in good condition. If you’ve got wooden floorboards, they will also need to be in good condition and fixed down properly.

If you’re laying new flooring yourself, it’s a good idea to check the installation instructions to finish your preparation. And make sure it’s something you can do on your own or ask someone to lend a hand. Many modern flooring products are easy to slot together, but you’ll still need to be good at measuring and cutting your materials. You can use an online materials calculator for working out the quantities of your new flooring, to make it a bit easier.

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