You don’t need to hire a contractor to create your dream living room. While it can be a large project, there are smaller steps you can take that really make a difference in the way you experience your home. These five affordable living room makeovers will make it easy for you to turn your space into something spectacular.

Open Up a Small Room

If you find your living room feels a bit cramped, there are different techniques you can employ to make the most of your space. For starters, you can work with what you already have—manipulating different pieces of décor and moving around furniture can drastically change how a room looks. With a little bit of DIY work, turn an old piano bench into a side table or an old radiator into a shelf. Repurposing things in this manner will give you more places to store things as well.

Turn Something Old into Something New

There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint can’t fix when it comes to reviving old furniture. Suddenly, old tables and chairs become modern and trendy—a perfect fit for your redecorated room. If a solid color isn’t to your taste, mix it up a bit by creating patterns with painter’s tape. You could even make repainting the furniture a family project and give everyone a chance to help.

Create a Room That Reflects You

No matter what you decide to do with your living room, it’s important that you make sure it reflects who you are. Displaying memories, artwork, and vacation souvenirs will give your living room the personality that a new couch can’t. Get creative with how you display your photos and heirlooms; the possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing a room.

Color Makes All the Difference

A new paint job can do wonders for your walls. Choose a color that complements your furniture and gives you the atmosphere you want the room to have. Be sure to do your research before committing to a color as some may compliment the room better than others. Also, if you’re going to paint the room yourself, it’s crucial that you research the process and acquire the necessary tools.

Give Your Floors Some Thought

If your floors have seen better days, it may be beneficial to give them a new coat of enamel. Using epoxy-based paint will both revive the look of your floors as well as protect them from daily use. Lighter colors generally brighten up darker rooms while dark colors give the room a nice contrast against light walls. Again, it’s important that you do your research before deciding which color is best for your room.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.