The Odd and Fabulous

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kitchen and Bath - Before and After

I realized that I never posted side-by-side, before-and-after comparisons of the Living Room and Master Bathrooms in the Woodbridge House!  

I AGONIZED over these two rooms when it came time to put the house up for sale.  

The bathroom was a 70's throwback with avocado green counter tops and tub, with shiny brass accents.  I sort of dug it in a retro way, but I knew most buyers would not.  However, we didn't have the budget to upgrade it, so the staging was going to be important.  What to do... What to do...  What's the first rule in design?  If you don't like it, PAINT IT!  We wound up painting the cabinets with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and adding some pictures and white towels.  We switched out the brass hardware and faucets with oiled bronze ones.  That's it.

The Living Room was wide and narrow and difficult to lay out with furniture.  It had opposing focal points; a fireplace on one end and the TV with built-ins on the other.  We had actually ripped out the carpet and laid down wood laminate flooring years before, so we simply rearranged the furniture about eleventy million times, posted frantic pleas for help on HOUZZ, and bought long BEIGE window panels from IKEA for the windows,

And here is the big reveal!  (You must scream with delight and exclaim "OH MY GOD!")

It went from BLAH to MEH.  OK, I actually loved it. :-)  I was afraid that painting the cabinets in the bathroom would make the avocado color actually stand out, but it did the opposite.  Happy accident.

Overall I was happy with our staging efforts.  Would you believe that we kept it looking like this with twin 3-year olds, 2 border collies and 2 cats?  True story.  

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