Real-Estate Readjustment

The McMillion family gets expert help preparing their home for a top sale.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionCutting down the bar on the wall and removing the pot rack creates the illusion of a larger room.
After: A neutral paint color, and a new light fixture and accessories really show off this valuable space.

The dining room also got a makeover. A new dining set, decorative chandelier and fresh window treatments refocus buyers' attention on an area to dine in style.

Cost breakdown:

flooring supplies $801
furniture $577
accessories $218
lighting $145
paint and supplies $95
closet doors $76
window treatments $72

Total: $1,984

Products from IKEA:

Hemse click-and-lock laminate wood flooring with Plan moldings
living-room plants, 10075462
poster and frame for living room, 90045754 and 06538775

Products from the Coaster Company:

love seat and two chairs for living room, 8017 and 8016
dining table and chair set, 4930

Products from The Great Indoors:

drapery panels for living room, Cotton Solid grommet panels in Gray

Products from Lowe's:

Portfolio five-light chandelier, 69950
Majesty palm plant, 91135
Bromeliad plant for living room, 96874
kitchen light fixture, semi-flush, 161941
six-panel closet doors for office, white, 201659
Design Trends lamp base for office, white, 140602
paint for fireplace accent faux, Olympic's Gunmetal Grey, D-65-5

Products from JoAnn Fabrics:

four throw pillows for living room, 7679483

Product from Marshalls:

dining-room art, 005147452

Products from HomeGoods:

spice rack, 078025
metal bowl, 317517
kitchen vase, 372362

Product from Kmart:

Ticking Stripe Square lampshade for office, Martha Stewart Everyday Collection, 70299280797

Products from Target:

drapery panels for office, Tabtop Stripe Cotton Collection, 068030308

Product from The Home Depot:

living room and office walls, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island

Dunn Edwards paint color used: