Who’s excited to tour some bedrooms today? Since our recent master bedroom switch, it’s been confusing trying to distinguish what each room should be called. I’ve decided for this post to refer to them as Papa Bear (master 11×12.5), Momma Bear (11×11.5), and Baby Bear’s (10×11) rooms.
We’ll start with Papa Bear’s room which has come a long way in recent months from being our junk room. Whenever we talked about moving, this was always a sore spot because all the stuff in this room completely overwhelmed us. Ben recently switched out the ugly brass ceiling fan with a brushed nickel one.
Besides the giant bed, the bookcase is the only other piece of furniture in the room. To stage it, I’ll box up the books and put the bookcase in our attic to open it up. A Cali King bed is not ideal for staging in a room this small, but we’ll make it work. The olive green walls will be painted neutral with white trim.
This will be the tough part. A lot of people ignore their closets when putting their house on the market which is a huge mistake! Nothing should be on the floor, anything on the top shelf should be neatly stored in baskets, and any excess clothes should be packed away to make the space appear bigger. Matching hangers like these wood ones also add a nice touch.
On to Momma Bear’s den. This has become our catch-all room with a twin bed, 2 dressers, vanity, bookshelf, laundry basket, and the remains of our office (filing cabinet/paper shredder). We’ve already bought a new ceiling fan that just needs to be installed. I’m hoping we can buy a $3 paint sample to paint over the holes in the walls and get away with just painting the trim white.
I don’t know if we’ll move with that twin bed since now we have a queen for our guests. However, I do want a bed in this room for staging. Every room should have a purpose and since our house is only a 3BR, this room needs to have a bed. The vanity and bookshelf need to go on a field trip to the attic and then I’m excited to move the furniture around to see what looks best.
This closet is the graveyard of all the speedy shovey I did to make this room livable. The floor of this closet is jam-packed with picture frames, pillows, golf clubs, exercise equipment, suitcases – you name it! People want to move into a home that is more organized than how they live, so it’s all got to go. Ideally, all that should be left are a few empty wood hangers.
Finally, we have Baby Bear’s room. The ceiling fan has already been replaced and I love the new bedding I recently threw together. The sailor blue walls need to go neutral with (yep, you guessed it) white trim. I recently cleaned out my closet in this room, so at least that’s already done.This dresser will be less busy on top – I’ll only leave the stuff on the right side there. If we weren’t planning on sleeping in here through the hot summer months (it’s the coolest room in the house), I would switch the queen bed in this room for the twin in the other room. Sometimes practically has to win out.
The off-white blinds also need to be replaced with 2″ white faux wood ones in the 2 smaller bedrooms like we’ve done in the master and living/dining rooms. I also have white wall plates and outlets on hand once we paint the rooms. In a nutshell, we have a lot of closet cleaning, painting and little here-and-there things to do in order to whip these rooms into shape. What tips/suggestions do you have on staging bedrooms?
Whoa, Nelly! Not only did I set a record of hits on my blog with my Big Announcement post, but I was getting bombarded with calls/texts from friends and family wanting to know the scoop (even my mom called). My 2-word announcement may have been a little misleading since everyone was assuming that one of us had accepted a job offer or something. Anyone who’s close to us knows that we’ve been planning to move back to Oooooklahoma for awhile now.
The 3 yrs. we were supposed to be in Memphis for Ben to attend grad school have somehow turned into 7! Our main pull back there is our familia and it being a great place to live and raise a family. Plus, Ben is tired of not getting the OU games on TV. Don’t get me wrong, we love our life and our peeps here in Memphis. We started from scratch and will be moving back to OK forever changed due to the amazing relationships that have shaped us here.
finally gave in after I begged graciously offered to do a guest post on my blog tomorrow of why we’re moving from his perspective, so that should be exciting. Our goal is to be there by Oct and I’ll let Ben elaborate more on that date in his post. Now let’s get to the good stuff – holy crow, we have to get our house ready to sell/rent ASAP! This will be my ultimate challenge as a home stager. In several posts I will go through each room listing what we plan to do (click on the pics to enlarge them).
What’s this room? It’s our galley kitchen I’ve been embarrassed to show or do much with on my blog thus far. I decided to just rip the band-aid off and begin with the room that needs the most work. The ugly florescent light is one of the only light fixtures we haven’t replaced and I’m thinking a simple track light would look nice.
Here’s a shot from the other side to show you just how tiny it is. Oh the mistakes I’ve made in this kitchen, I don’t think I have enough fingers/toes to count! Let’s begin with the dark paint colors and black trim for starters – that certainly isn’t helping this space appear bright and airy. I plan on painting it a light beige on top of the chair rail, a shade or 2 darker below it, and the trim white.
Notice the “I kiss better than I cook” sign above our stove – so true! The top cabinet doors obviously need to be put back on. That microwave is basically a giant timer and needs to be donated to Goodwill and the toaster oven stored away to open up the very little counter space.
Here you can see the off white, dusty blinds that were in every window of our house when we moved in. I’d like to replace them with bamboo shades like we have in our bathroom. The pot rack needs to be taken down and the contents stored. Oh, and that makes-me-vomit-in-my-mouth-a-little fake marble green countertop needs to be replaced with a more neutral one!
This is how NOT to paint kitchen cabinets. We did this several years ago and didn’t prime them correctly OR let them dry nearly long enough. This particular cabinet door got in a fight with Ben when he was trying to rehang it… I think the door won. I would like to paint the top cabinets white and the bottom cabinets a blueish gray (similar to this kitchen).
The only thing of value we’ve done in that room is have the tile professionally installed (after a certain puppy chewed holes in the laminate floor) and it will look amazing once we’ve lightened up the rest of the room. We also go back and forth about installing a dishwasher/garbage disposal so that it’s more competitive with other houses in our neighborhood. Just for fun, here’s a pic of our kitchen when we first toured the house.
Whew, that’s A LOT of work! You know what they say though – put any money you have into kitchens and bathrooms. This will by far be the focus of our efforts of getting our house into sellable condition.
It’s funny how I was more nervous to reveal our subpar kitchen than our junk room. I guess because junk is less embarrassing to me than poor design choices. In my defense, I spend very little time in the kitchen – it’s more like a storage area where we keep all that stuff from our wedding registry. What are your thoughts/suggestions on our kitchen reno plans?