I was lucky enough recently to work with a great client who needed help staging her house for sale. She was on a tight timeline, she had about 30 days to get her house ready to put on the market. She has lived in this house for 18 years and raised 3 children and numerous cats and dogs in it. Envision having to purge a house of 18 years worth of school projects, toys, photos, collectibles, Christmas decorations, books, etc. You get the picture! She was overwhelmed and lucky for me, she called me for help. As always, I wish I had taken more “before” pictures so you could really appreciate the transformation, but we were in a hurry and there just wasn’t time!
We ripped out the old wall-to-wall carpeting and put down hardwoods. That made all the difference! We also removed the over-sized chair, the “too- big-and-not-quite-right-for-the-room”bookshelves. We moved a mid-century modern sideboard from the dining room in to serve as the media cabinet for the flat screen tv. Removing the big dark bookcases made the family room feel so much bigger. The dining room felt so much bigger by getting the sideboard out of there. We found a great rug at Marshall’s and reupholstered the purple leather swivel chairs. We ditched the dusty faux plants and replaced with real, live ones throughout the house. Real plants bring a room to life! We swapped out the end tables with ones we found downstairs and stole the lamps from the dining room.
We peeled off the completely stuck to the floor area rug and refinished the floors. By moving the side board out and into the family room it made the room feel more spacious. We hung a collection of silver spoons on the wall to balance the weight of the hutch on the other side. We removed the outdated door blinds and replaced with simple linen panels. The dining table was passed down from the inlaws and I don’t think my client realized what she had. I sent it off for refinishing and now she realizes it is a treasure!
We pulled up the area rugs in the Living Room and Dining Rooms and refinished the floors. What a huge difference that made! We also recovered all of the furniture in those rooms. After 18 years and many cat claws, it had seen better days. Now it all looks brand new and she can use it in her new house in Kentucky. We removed the grand piano to make the room feel more spacious and stole the bench from the upstairs landing. We had a cushion made for it and covered it with a blanket she already owned that went perfectly with her newly upholstered furniture. We found the rug at Tuesday morning and the lamps at Marshalls. The “coffee table” is actually the piano bench that we covered in faux fur!
We removed the wallpaper and painted over the green below the chair rail to lighten the office. We got rid of the old area rug and stole the oriental rug from the baesment, restyled the shelves,and hung pictures. A few simple improvements and it felt like a new room!
We ripped out the ceramic tile flooring and replaced with hardwoods. We also repainted all of the stools and chairs with a fresh coat of white paint. We removed the outdated door blinds and replaced with updated simple curtain panels. Other than that we just edited out the junk that accumulates on the counters and in the cupboards after 18 years, and ditched the dusty faux plants again and replaced with live ones.
Not much needed in the Laundry Room – just a little purging after replacing the ceramic tile floor.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the staging makeover. I sure enjoyed the process. Too bad my client has to move. Her house is like brand new and completely organized – down to every drawer (thanks to her daughter and her amazing friends.) I think she regrets she waited to do all of this for the next owner to enjoy! I often think we should all go through the process of pretending to “put our house on the market” just to make us do all of those projects we have put off for years. Cleaning out closets, reupholstering furniture, washing windows, editing and purging everything we own down to what we really need and love. I think most of us would find that we don’t really need or want to move after that!
Thanks also to Bob Headrick of Nest Realty for referring me to this wonderful client.
I was in Austin last weekend for a wedding and wanted to share photos of my friend’s Ranch. She has such an incredible flair for “ranch style” that I could not stop taking photos of her adorable home! Unfortunately I didn’t have my good camera, only my i-phone, which doesn’t do it justice.
To give a little background, she was my college roommate and moved to Austin 15 years ago for a writing fellowship at UT. She is a writer and is always working on her book, a screenplay, or poetry. But, in the meantime, she has become an accidental rancher! She took a leap of faith and bought this 300 acre “ranch” outside of Austin several years ago, hoping that it would be a good investment. I wish I had the before pictures, b/c this house was nothing more than a one story brick house with ugly wall to wall carpeting and popcorn ceilings. It was dark and dank. The amazing thing about my friend is that she has done all of the work to make this house a charming, memory- filled home all on her own. She ripped out the wall-to-wall carpeting, she refinished the concrete floors herself, and she hosed down the popcorn ceilings and scraped them herself. When I say “herself”, I mean she and some of her more adventurous friends. What she has created is an amazing Ranch that is now under conservation easement with an incredible view of the Austin City Lights!
I can tell you that just about every piece in her Ranch is either something she inherited, something she found (literally), something that was given to her, or something bought from a junk store/thrift shop!
It’s not that we haven’t been busy, we’ve just been super lazy about posting/blogging. Actually, it’s more like we are very bad about photographing what we’ve been up to. So, I apologize in advance for the grainy i-phone photos, but if I wait for the perfect photos you will never get to see this fun playroom redesign!
Here it was before…