Jumping ShipNautical homeowners Nan and Julie want to upgrade from their 52-foot houseboat to a sea vessel that is more yacht-like and less house-like. But before they can hit the high seas in a speedy new craft, they need to sell their old houseboat. Docked in the Potomac River, in the heart of Washington, D.C., the 1988 model offers a spacious main cabin, ample galley kitchen and a stateroom that has a view of the Washington Monument.
Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male comes on board to give her candid assessment of the home’s salability. In the main cabin, she pronounces the décor as dated and the carpet dirty. She calls the kitchen a missed opportunity because there is a massive desk sitting in the middle of the room. The dining area of the kitchen should be presented as such, and not an office. Though the stateroom has a million-dollar view of the Washington Monument, it needs new carpet and the wood paneling makes the space feel very confined.
Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male’s critique and has a $2,000 plan that will have the homeowners getting top dollar for their seaworthy home.
Step 1: Repaint the main cabin room, and replace the dingy carpet.
Step 2: Rejuvenate the galley kitchen.,and turn the office space back into a dining area.
Step 3: In the stateroom, brighten and expand the room by painting the paneling, replacing the carpet and adding new bedding.
Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele have the right tools and skills to get the job done, and they're ready to go.
Before: Worn and Dated GalleyThe galley kitchen on this houseboat is an ample size and has plenty of storage, but the cabinets look worn and dated. By having a large desk in the dining area, the real estate expert thought the homeowners were missing the boat. The best thing would be to have potential buyers see the space as it was intended.
After: Two-Toned TransformationBefore, the dark cabinets felt dingy, and a massive desk ate up the dining area. The Designed to Sell team gave this space a complete overhaul. New stainless-steel hardware on top of the two-toned paint treatment helps brighten up the cabinets. The desk is removed, and now a beautifully-reconditioned dining set shows off the original purpose of the space. A new mirrored medicine cabinet tucked into an unused wall adds storage and opens up the space by reflecting light.
window treatments $204
furniture and accents $680
Products from Salvation Army:
kitchen table and chairs
Products from Pineapple Paint Company (Benjamin Moore Paints):
wall paint for kitchen and main cabin: Pale Sea Mist #2147-50, eggshell
kitchen cabinet paint: Gray Mirage - #2142-50 and Old Prairie - #2143-50
stateroom paint: Camouflage #2143-40, eggshell)
Products from HomeGoods:
gray toss pillows (main cabin): #032527
gray ottomans (main cabin): #042029
Products from Linens 'N Things:
saddle bar stools: standard 24-inch #727506514335
toss pillow (main cabin): Alexander 18 x 18 - #04721592750
Products from Wal-Mart:
red plate: #005027651454
burgundy toss pillows: #008576961679
burgundy rugs: 20 x 34 - #001089248537
burgundy candlesticks: #072136600069
votive candleholder: #074270263548
decorative balls: #087551600151
bronze lamp: #080251312110
bamboo tray: #074270254031
cider-scented candles: #072136692001
burgundy fabric for kitchen chairs: #001654205611
salmon pillowcases (stateroom): #007665799003
floral grass in pot: #070109124966
bed pillows: #002569600448
Products from Kmart:
kitchen terry towels: #07200084333
kitchen drapery panels: #07200011550
Products from Home Depot:
replacement glass globe (kitchen): #030721816062
cabinet pulls: #022788797620
cabinet hinges: #022788871016
Products from Bed, Bath & Beyond:
bedroom throw: #65134884290
grass in pot: #2625906173
bedding: Zen Garden bed-in-a-bag - #4722593966
Before: Dark and EnclosedThe stateroom (bedroom), has a wonderful view of the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, the bedroom itself is not that wonderful. Even with three large windows, the wood paneling makes the room seem dark and very enclosed. Another big turnoff for buyers is sure to be the old, stained carpeting.
The living room, also known as the main cabin (not shown) is so dated that host Shane Tallent commented that it reminded him of the 1980s TV show Magnum P.I. The old furniture, against the dirty carpet and dark wall paneling looks like it hasn't changed at all in 20 years.
After: Earth-Toned StateroomBefore, this stateroom was not very stately, with its stained carpeting, paneled walls and busy bedspread. Now, it makes much more of a statement. New carpet, earth-toned bedding, painted paneling and light wood blinds help emphasize what this room has to offer. Potential buyers will not only be taken by the view, but they will also be taken by what's on the inside.
The main cabinet (not shown) used to be filled with passé paneling, dated furniture and dirty carpeting. Now, a neutral paint color on the walls and the ceiling help lighten up the space and make it feel larger. New window treatments and furniture add warmth and coziness. Burgundy accessories add verve to the room and new carpet makes it look like a real living room. Goodbye 1980s, hello 21st century!