The rest of the staging all happened over a two day period. Barbi came over and DESTROYED our house on the first day, then put it all back together on the second. Almost everything she used to stage the house was stuff we already had, but was being used in a different spot. (The only things she brought in were a few more mirrors, a couple new light fixtures, and some ceiling fans.) A bunch of our things went up into the storage room above the garage to await the big cross country move.
Here are some before and afters for you:
Barbi asked us to paint over the pale yellow with “Softer Tan” from Sherwin Williams and paint the banister railing in a black oil-based high gloss. Then she replaced the light fixture right as you walk in the front door (not seen in this picture), hung a mirror, moved the cane stand, and changed the accessories on the table.
Family Room- Before (taken by Berkeley)
Family Room- After
We had to take out one of the armchairs, the spin bike, and the rug. She re-worked everything on the built-in bookcases and mantle, moved around some furniture, moved the TV to the corner, and hung a mirror above the couch instead of the framed print that was there (which she moved to the wall above the couch in the living room).
Powder Room- After
No before picture here—all she did was move one of the framed pieces from the entryway into this room and moved the painting that was in here to the spot above the mantle in the family room.
The only changes in the kitchen were adjusting/removing some of the things on the countertops.
Living Room- Before (at Christmastime)
Living Room- After
She took up the rug to show off the wood floors, moved around some end tables and lamps, and removed or shifted around all of the things that were on the walls.
Dining Room- Before (sorry, didn’t have a great pic for this one)
Dining Room- After
She replaced our vintage light fixture, turned the table around, put the cabinet at an angle in the corner (used to be up against that left wall), and changed everything on the shelves.
Girls’ Bedroom- Before (care of Berkeley again)
Girls’ Bedroom- After
Nothing major-- the only changes were adding a ceiling fan, adjusting the things on top of their dressers and on the wall shelf, and removing the area rug.
Master Bedroom- After
Another easy room, so no before picture—she just took down a couple picture frames that were on the dressers and removed the accent pillows that were on the bed.
Guest room- Before (it didn’t normally look like this, but this is how it looked while we were having it painted—BEFORE we knew we were moving)
Guest room- After
This room had already been painted by the time Barbi got to it, so all she did was add a ceiling fan (I wanted a much cooler light fixture in there but she said buyers EXPECT ceiling fans in bedrooms), moved around the furniture, and added a mirror.
I think everything looks great, but Barbi and I definitely have different styles. I prefer a more “transitional” style (kind of a cross between modern and traditional styles) while she believes that a true traditional style shows the best for selling a house. All of the things in my house that are more modern looking, she had me pack away. It also feels strange not having any area rugs, but if it helps sells the house, I can deal with it!
And now. . . we WAIT. Know anyone looking for a house in Charlotte??