Homesick BluesHomeowners Kari and Matt Zimmer live in northern Virginia. They are both originally from Pennsylvania and now that they have a new baby boy, they are anxious to move back home. But before they can go, they must sell their two-story condo. This family has two very important things going for them –– the condo is located in the booming town of Chantilly, and they’ve got the Designed to Sell team on the way over to help.
Real estate expert Terry Haas is the first to stop by to share her honest opinions and selling know-how. She loves the entryway, with its welcoming red door, nice landscaping and unique koi pond. However, she quickly changes her positive outlook in the kitchen. She thinks the multicolored vinyl floor looks like a kaleidoscope, and she hates the blue countertops. Haas likes the colors in the dining room, but not together. Also, the large hutch takes up too much space and makes the room feel cramped. In the living room, color is the big issue again. She finds the green walls overpowering and says that they don’t blend well with the adjacent dining room.
Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Haas' comments and has $2,000 to perform some colorful design intervention.
Step 1: Take the blues out of the kitchen by replacing the countertop, laying a new floor and updating the hardware.
Step 2: Declutter the dining room, and paint the walls coordinating colors.
Step 3: Paint the living room to match the dining room and then add new chair rail and window treatments.
Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele are the ready to get the job done.
Before: Multi-Colored PatternsThis room is big, bright and sunny, but it is also very outdated. The multicolor pattern on the vinyl floor looks like a tacky relic from the 1980s. The blue countertops are unappealing. Blue actually curbs the appetite, so it is not a good color for kitchens. The wooden hardware on the cabinets and on the countertop trim also looks dated and is beginning to show signs of age.
After: Cohesive and ContemporaryBefore, the kaleidoscope floors and blue countertops were bringing the value of this kitchen way down. Now, it is updated with a contemporary look that potential buyers will appreciate. The laminate flooring looks like tile, but is softer on the feet and easier to keep clean. The coffee-colored walls warm up the space, while new granite countertops add value and practical style. If you have granite countertops, be sure to put it in the real estate listing. Potential buyers gravitate toward granite.
granite countertop $742
kitchen floor $437
cornice boxes $156
chair rail $228
Living and dining room makeover products:
paint: Pineapple Paint Company (Benjamin Moore): Cheyenne Green (above chair rail) #1502 and Evening Grove (below chair rail) #1526 (both eggshell). White semigloss used on railing and chair rail
dining room chandelier: Lowe’s Bronzegold Iron Stone two-light pendant #64276
dining room vase: HomeGoods #051729
drapery panels: Linens 'N Things - Royal Stripe #67829814564
taffeta for pillows and cornices: JoAnn Fabrics – pintuck #7971922 & 7971880
toss pillows: Sears – Galaxy #43291003
living room vase: T.J, Maxx - #039593
Kitchen makeover products:
laminate flooring: Home Depot - Dupont Real Touch Elite Black Slate, model FG8090, item 384944
paint: Pineapple Paint Company (Benjamin Moore) - Morning Coffee - #2097-20 (eggshell)
cabinet hardware: Ikea - Berim #10102220
stainless bowls: Ikea - Blanda Blank #30081467, #20057255
vases: Ikea - Tajt NN 9-inch #70115446 and Salong #00098836, #10101211, #70101213
storage jars: Ikea - Slom #60065866, #40065867, #8006586
bistro table and chairs: Capital Discount Merchandisers
granite countertops: MarMar - Coffee Brown
Before: Too Much GreenThis sunken living room has a lot going for it –– the large space, big windows and attractive furniture. But the green walls don’t match with anything. They make the room feel disjointed and uncoordinated. Also, there are too many family photos and toys in the room. Potential buyers need to picture themselves in the space. If there are too many personal items in the room, it will be hard for them to do that.
The dining room (not shown) has beautiful chair rail running around the perimeter of the room. The walls are yellow above the chair rail and cream below it. Unfortunately, these two colors do not blend well together. Also, the hutch is huge; it overpowers the room making it feel small and cluttered.
After: Cohesive Color PatternBefore, the bold green walls didn’t blend with anything in this room or the adjoining dining room. Now, a cohesive color scheme in both rooms makes for a unified, open floor plan. The chair rail from the dining room is continued in the living room. A darker color is used below the chair rail to help ground the space, and a lighter color is used on top to elongate the ceiling. To pick two tones for one wall, start by selecting the darker shade. Then go up two or three shades lighter on the same paint-chip strip.
New cornice boxes over the windows help add height and elegance to the living room. The large hutch in the dining room (not shown) is replaced with a small buffet table, and the old light fixture is replaced with a new chandelier.