Thursday, September 30, 2010

More on staging a house

So my intentions were to blog every couple of days about house staging and it would motivate me to keep the house spotless. Well, since we sold the house on the third day, it really didn't stay picked up. Yesterday the appraiser came, so I had to get the house "put back together".

So before these just become old news and get added to the long list of "blogs that never happened", here ya go:
Living room:
Besides cleaning up , we moved the sofa from the left, in front of the large windows, to the other side and opened up the windows to make the room look larger. Got rid of the large ficus, and the over sized entertainment center. BTW, the living room looks like that because while we cleaned up the other rooms it became the dumping ground. So really, I do claim my house to be typically messy with three little boys running around, but this is not our "usual".

So here is the kitchen: We cleared every counter space, and by cleared, I mean EVERY object off except the knife block, an open cookbook and a wooden spoon. Jesse was skeptical when I told him I was going to spray paint the table black, but it really transformed it from unmatching and scratched up, to sleek, clean and modern. Setting up the table with smaller plates and undersized trio of candles tricks the eye into thinking the table is bigger than it really is. Greenery always makes a space feel clean and fresh.

Upstairs bath: just gave it a good cleaning and cleared off kid toothbrushes, soap, etc.

Downstairs bathhroom: Cleaned up and put out a citrus oil thing to give it a fresh, spa-feel.

Bedroom: Set up all of the pillows (filled the shams with cheapos bought at WalMart for $2.50 each) and did a quick vacuum and dust.

Spare room: (was previously the office that need to be defined as a "usable space" and the toy room became the office) We spent $100 on the bed set, and $20 on accessories. My favorite being the little outdoor frog found for $4 on clearance at Target. I put three vintage Saturday Evening Posts into frames (that I already had) to replace our family pics (to de-personalize).

And like I have said in previous posts, to give you a glimpse of my normal day: here is Carson climbing up on the toilet (notice how he is mad that he can't climb any higher), Christopher
in a superhero suit (Thanks Gma Linda & Gpa Jim!)

Colton giving Christopher a ride and Jesse giving the two big guys a ride!

I love my life and am blessed beyond measure to have these wonderful people in my life! Thank you, God for letting me be a part of their lives!


Anonymous said...

Can I just do a fantastic job at staging! It really does look more crisp and clean! Seems like something I need to do right now-even tho I am not moving! :) Connie

Carrie said...

Seriously Cortney ~ AWESOME Job! I love the modern, contemporary feel you've given everything! I'm certain the appraisal will go great for you guys! Enjoy your house hunting trip to DC! Thinking of you guys!

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