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Wood paneling is an easy-to-hang, reasonably priced wall finishing material. It is ideal for add-on rooms and basements where hanging drywall may be too much work or not cost-effective. Insulation is available as traditional rolled insulation or sturdy foam sheets. How the paneling is connected to the wall makes a difference in the type of insulation that is best suited to go behind it.

Remove the wood paneling by starting in one corner and pulling off the corner molding used to cover the seam. This is normally tacked on with brads into the paneling. Take out the baseboard trim. Use a small pry bar or long handle screwdriver to slip inside the paneling seam, and gently begin popping the nails free that hold the paneling in place. Continue until all the paneling is removed.

Examine the wood the paneling was nailed to. It will likely be either 2x4 lumbers or thin wood furring strips. Replace or repair any portion of this wood that needs work. Furring strips are easily pulled out and replaced with new, while most 2x4 lumber will hold up for decades without issues.

Install insulation to fit the desired energy saving value and the space available. For 2x4 studs, the best choice will be rolled, paper-backed fiberglass. This is placed between the studs with the paper side out and the edges stapled to the studs to hold the insulation in place. With furring strip wood, there is usually only room for thin hard sheets of foam insulation that fits between the strips. Small staples into the strips hold these pieces in place.

Hang new paneling over the newly insulated wall, beginning in one corner and working around the room. Hammer twisted, one-inch framing nails into the studs or strips to hold the paneling in place just as the previous pieces were held. Attach corner flashing and replace any other baseboard trim.

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Build a temporary wall in an apartment

A wall can be a great way to divide up space in an apartment, particularly if you want to add an extra room or divide the kitchen from the living room. However, building a full-fledged wall in an apartment is ill advised and quite possibly in violation of your lease. You may build a temporary wall to get around this, one that is fairly simple to construct and that can serve as a temporary divider in your smaller space. Constructing a temporary wall will require some basic carpentry skills and tools.

Step 1

Measure the distance from the floor to your ceiling with measuring tape. You will need to purchase 2-by-4 wooden planks approximately 2 inches shorter than your measurement.

Step 2

Drill a 2-by-4 plank into your ceiling horizontally with wood screws that will serve as the top portion of your wall. This is known as the top plate. You will most likely need a partner to help you. Have your partner hold the plank on the ceiling while you drill. The plank should be directly under the floor joists in the ceiling so you are not simply drilling into drywall. Use a stud finder to help locate the joists if you don't know where they are.

Step 3

Place a 2-by-4 plank vertically underneath the top plate on the ceiling. The plank should fit snugly between the floor and ceiling if you took the measurements correctly. Use a circular saw to shorten any planks as necessary.

Step 4

Secure the vertical plank to the top plate by placing wood screws in at an angle near the top of the vertical plank. This process is known as toe nailing.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 and place the vertical planks, which are known as studs, every two feet until the frame of your temporary wall is complete.

Step 6

Drill pieces of corkboard over each side of your temporary wall's frame. Corkboard is a very light material that is easy to move and thus is ideal for a temporary wall. You may use drywall, though this is more permanent.


Hanging Blinds

In older homes, walls are often made from plaster, a harder material than the standard modern drywall. When you have large windows in a home with plaster walls, installing blinds gives you added privacy and blocks the light from coming in. Installing blinds into plaster is similar to installing them in drywall. The main difference is in the anchors used to attach the blind mounting hardware to the wall.

Hold up the blinds against the plaster wall at the height you desire and make a pencil mark along the bottom horizontal edge at each end. This is to mark where the brackets will go. Hold the mounting bracket for one side of the blind so the bottom is lined up with the pencil mark. Make a pencil mark through any screw holes to mark the location for the anchors. Repeat for the other bracket. Drill a hole at the location of each screw hole marking. Test the toggle bolt by holding it up to the hole and sticking the tip inside. Widen the hole if necessary by slipping a small screwdriver inside.

Window blinds

Window blinds are an economical and quick solution for window coverings. Top mount blinds are supported by brackets that install behind the top rail and are hidden better than side mounting brackets. The top brackets clip onto the upper side of the mini blind top rail, and release the hold as easily. All necessary hardware to hang a blind comes with the top mounts for quick installation.

Living room

A 15-by-10-foot living room is on the small side, especially if there is no other common space such as a family room or den. Furniture should be selected to do double duty. For example, the ottoman for that comfy chair provides extra seating in a pinch and stores games under the hinged, upholstered top. The advantage of a smaller living room is it costs less to decorate.

Choose a color scheme for your room. If you're not sure what you'd like, pick a favorite painting, fabric, or rug and choose two of those colors as the basis of the scheme. Two colors and a neutral provide variety without being busy. Neutral colors include white, beige, black, brown, navy and gray. For example, choose coral and turquoise for your colors with pops of black.

Pick a style and theme for your room. You might go modern, retro 50s, country chic, seaside, Art Deco or any other theme. The idea is to use the theme and the color scheme to coordinate the room. In a small space, consistency is important. As an example, choose an oriental theme for your room.

Paint the walls of the living room a pale version of one of the two colors you've chosen. Light colors will make this smaller room feel bigger. Paint the baseboards a contrasting color or the same color as the walls. For this decorating theme, paint the walls a very pale shade of turquoise -- almost white with a hint of color.

Create a focal point. Even a small room needs a point of interest to draw the eye. If the room has a view, that naturally becomes the focal point. A fireplace is another focal point. If the room doesn't have any architectural detail that would work, use artwork, a plant grouping or a collection. For this oriental-themed room, create a collection of faux dynasty vases in colors of mostly coral and turquoise placed on glass shelves on one wall across from the entryway. The glass shelves are transparent and don't take up any space visually. Another alternative would be to use a bookcase for the collection and paint the inside of the bookcase black to make the collection stand out.

Add flower arrangements, plants and other accessories with a restrained hand. If you use too many, a 10-by-15-foot living room will look cluttered. For an oriental room, the Ikebana style of floral arrangement works well. Silk bonsai plants setting on either side of a Japanese mirror on a low table greet visitors in the entryway.

Choose furniture in neutral colors and add throws and pillows in your color scheme. If you get tired of the color scheme, it's not a problem to change with paint and new accessories; you don't have to go out and buy new furniture. A modern black leather sofa accented with geometric-shaped pillows would be appropriate for an oriental style. Choose a smaller sofa that won't overpower the small room.

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