Upgrades on the Cheap

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Mirrored Closet Doors

Make a small bedroom look larger by adding mirrors to plain closet doors. Simply pick up a couple of cheap, framed floor-length mirrors for less than $10 at your local big box store, paint the frame to match and attach to your closet door with construction adhesive for a permanent look or removable picture-hanging strips if you’re renting. Feeling extra crafty? Glue thin trim pieces to the mirrors for a high-end look.

BUY IT: Target, $5.99

Courtesy of HGTV

 

Cute and cuter

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PAINTED BASKETS

I’m not sure how or why and who decided this.

But it’s a decorating truism.

A spray painted number on a basket makes everything cuter.

I’ve used them in butler’s pantries.

And outdoors.

And in bookcases in navy and white and red rooms to hold books.

Cute.  Cuter.  Cutest.

Courtesy of: ThistlewoodFarms.com

 

Design on a Dime

 

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Real estate agents love a home that is decorated beautifully and always shows like a designer show home. I know I do.

But not everyone can spend the cash needed for a home to look like perfection.

A few simple suggestions that are cost-effective will help any house sell:

  1. Paint. Paint is the biggest thing that will change the look of any home you are trying to sell. Make the entire house the same shade of beige (with grey undertones) and white trim. It will make your house fresh and lend a cohesive look to the house.
  2. Clean. Buyers like the smell of lemon scented Pine Sol. Not really…but they like the smell of clean. Don’t overload the plug in wall flowers but DO mop the floors before buyers view your home. Clean bathrooms are essential so buy fresh shower curtains with fresh liners. It is the little things that make a really big difference. Oh, and make the beds. White linens sell homes.
  3. Light. Buyers like light and will be drawn toward a home that is shiny and light. Open all blinds, windows and in most cases…take down the old drapes.
  4. Paneling. More than any other dated item in a home….faux wood panelling is the kiss of death for most buyers. Paint it or take it down.

I’ll put more suggestions up in the coming days. Obviously, I have lots of them. The above items are not expensive and really can make the difference. The return on painting alone is great and will significantly impact the sales price of your home.