Staging can not only benefit homes for sale, but also homes for rent. As you can see below, staging some model units in an apartment building make it feel updated, inviting and functional!
Here is the full before and after photos of the kitchen where we painted and replaced pulls and hinges. We also replace the dated section of cabinets with open barnwood shelves.
In the past, we’ve often recommended that kitchen cabinet pulls be replaced for a quick update. If you’re willing to take if further, replacing exposed hinges with hidden hinges can help cabinets look even more updated! These hinges are about $2 each and can be installed fairly easily with a template, drill and special drill bit. In the photos below, we painted the cabinets white before installing the new hinges, but painting is not necessary if there will not be exposed screw holes from the old hinges.
First, remove the doors from the cabinets and the hinges from the doors. If you want to paint the cabinets, do it now. Use the template to mark where holes will be drilled. Use the special drill bit (purchased by the hinges) to drill the hole per the manufacturer instructions. Install the hinges to the door and then install the door on the cabinets. Level the door with the leveling screws on the door. Enjoy your cabinets!
An older galley style kitchen with minimal storage can often be difficult to envision any other way.
This one got a beautiful makeover! We didn’t replace cabinets….but instead added a pantry where an opening was and put new cabinet fronts so they would all coordinate. New flooring, appliances, countertops and backsplash make this kitchen a wow statement!
We try to keep most of our staging tips pretty inexpensive, but sometimes selling a house for the price you want requires some bigger renovations. This house sat on the market a long time because the kitchen was really in shambles. The cabinets were minimal, non-matching and the doors didn’t even shut right. There wasn’t a dishwasher or microwave and all of the finishes were dated.
We helped the homeowner turn this kitchen into a modern space with all new functional cabinetry, contemporary granite countertops with a glass tile backsplash, new flooring and all new stainless appliances.
From a consultation report, this homeowner had all the advice she needed to transform this dated kitchen before selling. She replaced the suspended ceiling, painted the cabinets and walls, replace the countertop and faucet and then had us stage it. It sold in just a couple of weeks!
This kitchen is from the same house as this month’s staging tip. Replacing dated brass cabinet pulls is one of the easiest things you can do to update your kitchen!
Many buyers are now expecting granite countertops in the home that they hope to purchase. However, installing granite is not always financially feasible for every seller. This seller used a service called Miracle Method to transform their countertops. It’s a finish applied to the existing countertops; it takes two days and costs much less than replacing!
We also suggested that the homeowners paint the beadboard paneling white to fit in with the style of the home.