TODAY   |  October 07, 2013

4 simple solutions for décor dilemmas

Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri from the HGTV show “Cousins Undercover” show how you can make a sofa look bigger in your family room, fix scratches on a wood table, and add a creative touch to your walls.

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>> was too big for your space. maybe you have a coffee table with so many scratches on it you're thinking about getting a new one. we have just the guys to solve those problems.

>> every week, hgtv's cousins under cover set out across the country to give the surprise of a lifetime, a home make over to a small town hero. they're here to help us solve your decor dilemmas.

>> we should point out, there's a lot of jersey up here right now.

>> there is.

>> between the four of us, this is a lot of jersey.

>> we're taking over the city.

>> what are the common mistakes -- you solve a lot of problems -- but what are the biggest mistakes people are making.

>> people are coming to us and just recently in an episode that we are doing on cousins undercover, you know, families, they don't know where to position any of their furniture and we tell people all the time you have to be able to float your furniture . floating furniture actually makes the room look larger. by pushing it up against the wall, a lot of times that makes the space not look as large as it really does. we saw that.

>> yeah, i think the biggest thing between floating or putting it against the wall is scaling. before you buy furniture , measure your room. it really helps. the scale of things is really what matters. so take your length and take your width and then, you know, what we like to tell people is don't buy the couch the first day. go to the store, measure the couch, go home with painters tape and tape the lines on the floor in your room. step back. does it feel good? if it feels good in tape, it's going to feel good once it get there is. if it looks large in tape, it will be way big.

>> make sure it can fit through the door too. i don't think a lot of people think to measure their doorway.

>> and i'm going to tell them, we have made that mistake.

>> yes, okay. glad to know i'm not alone.

>> we did it with a 15 foot counter top . so it got a little interesting.

>> saw it in half. let's look at examples. the sofa that was too small. we have a before picture of what that would look like. you eye ball it at the store and you get it home and it's a little too small for the room.

>> the otolaryngolotoman is bigger than the sofa.

>> they would take it and throw it against a wall or a corner. you have a huge void in your house. that's unused space.

>> right.

>> so it actually makes your space look smaller. for example, if you are going through an open house and there's no furniture in the house, it doesn't look as big as when furniture is actually in. it looks totally dirgefferent. that's why we say move it away from the wall. use an ottoman and put in in there.

>> that's what you're talking about floating space.

>> yes.

>> the one that's too large, what do you do about that.

>> whoa. are you serious?

>> that's a really big couch.

>> that's not a real picture.

>> you doctored that.

>> i don't think anyone would put a couch that big but if the couch is too big then you can throw it against a wall but make sure that you're having something in front of it. have that coffee table. have an ottoman and side tables. don't leave it alone by itself. make sure you're putting other elements around it.

>> let's get tour fixes here. we have this coffee table, one of the most used pieces of furniture in a room. what do you do when it's scratched on the top.

>> first, this is a real wood coffee table. when you have real products you can fix them. if you have a table that's a lament type of material it's hard to get scratches out of them.

>> right.

>> you can use marker pens and others to try to hide them but you can't get rid of them.

>> okay.

>> with a real wood surface you can sand out scratches. a palm sander is great. it take ace long time to sand things out by hand. you do need to use sandpaper by hand when you're on the edges because you don't want to flatten anything out and make sharp edges but you want to step through your sandpaper. start at 80 or 100 grit is what we have here and work up to a 220 grit which is finer and gets you finished.

>> what do you do with the nuts?

>> we -- that's not bad. they're pretty good. they taste good.

>> distract people from the scratches, that's nice.

>> we have pecans and walnuts here.

>> if you have a walnut table use the walnuts.

>> you can fill the scratch. you can see the brown starting to come off and it covers it in.

>> did you guys invent that? i'm impressed.

>> that's a cheap fix.

>> a very cheap fix.

>> let's go to the wall quick.

>> so feature walls is something my cousin and i both love doing a lot in different homes but it doesn't have to be just for esthetics. you can use it to cover up holes and problems. rather than go through the mess of resheet rocking and spackeling, you want to make sure you're not covering up major problems. this doesn't fix leaks, for example. you can't cover up a problem like that. but if you do have a hole in the wall , reclaimed planks are great. they're going to be a little more expensive. you'll have to hunt for those but if you go to your local hardware store you can pick up -- we did a tongue and groove