Walk right in

An unused space in a circa 1842 house. This space was pretty bad—probably to the point of dangerous. But its location right next to the bedroom made it ideal for a walk-in closet, which this house desperately needed. Closet space throughout the rest of the house was minimal at best. A thorough clean-out, some wallboard, cast off bookshelves, a simple sisal rug and three professional grade rolling racks later, this space was safe, accessible and functional. This newfound closet stores all clothing, shoes and accessories for two people, plus the space behind the rolling racks works well for storing camping gear, various holiday decorations, and other seldom used household items.

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Setting the stage

In today’s challenging real-estate market, homeowners are increasingly choosing to remove accumulated clutter and stage their homes in order to create wider appeal to potential buyers. This can often increase their chances for a quicker and more profitable sale. Investing in staging before a Realtor assesses your home, ensures your home will be priced at top dollar. Real estate sales records prove that professional staging increases sales price. Staging is an investment that can give you an edge over the competition: Statistics show staged homes sell much faster than comparable non-staged homes.

Here are before and after photos from a recent kitchen staging project.

Tiny space, big improvements

This bathroom gained a more spacious and cohesive look on a very small budget. The upper cabinet was lowered to create the illusion of a higher ceiling, and then, along with the vanity, got a few fresh new coats of creamy white gloss paint. These were veneered wood and had seen better days—the paint worked wonders covering up water damage while brightening up this small space. The new wall color references the floor and vanity top, further pulling the space together. A new light fixture is a great update and a towel bar hung with white towels balances the newly painted vanity and cabinet.

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