Row House for SaleTrevor Myers and Yell Inverso are looking to sell their 1950s Washington D.C. row house so they can move to Pennsylvania to be closer to their family. Located in a trendy section of northeast D.C., this classic home boasts a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and spacious master bedroom. The only problem is color –– there’s way too much of it!
Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male stops by to lend her professional opinion. She finds plenty of positives features in the home until she gets to the dining room. The deep-red walls are overwhelming and do nothing to highlight the room’s beautiful architectural details. The kitchen is the room that can make or break the sale of a house, and this one's Mardi Gras colors are sure to break it. Mattam-Male loves the doors, windows and hardwood floor in the master bedroom, but the wallpaper has been painted bright red and it is starting to peel. This is sure to be a turn off for potential buyers.
Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male’s critique and has a $2,000 design plan that will fill this home with neutral, buyer-friendly colors.
Step 1: In the dining room, tone down the walls and play up the positives.
Step 2: Add some much-needed counter space in the kitchen and get rid of the crazy color palette.
Step 3: Peel off the painted-over wallpaper in the master bedroom and replace it with soothing colors.
Talented contractors John Allen and Matt Steele know just how to execute the plan that will get this house sold quickly.
Before: Overwhelming RedThis room has great architectural features that are original to the house. Unfortunately, the crimson walls make them hard to see. The room has a few other issues: the builder’s-grade chandelier looks cheap, there is a dead plant in the corner and the window on the left doesn't look onto the yard, it looks into a bathroom!
After: Open and CalmBefore, an old chandelier, a dead plant and too much red distracted the eye away from the room’s rich details. Now, a lighter color opens up the area and showcases the curved archway and crown molding. Peel-and-stick film on the window provides a frosted-glass look that conceals the view into the bathroom. The dead plant is given new life when it is mounted and framed to make a trio of unique wall art.
kitchen upgrade $769
art project $48
bedroom furniture $615
wall covering $276
Dining room makeover
paint: Benjamin Moore - Concord Ivory HC-12 (eggshell)
chandelier: Lowe’s - rust-iron bowl pendant - 224377
frames: Ikea - Ribba 30014977
plants and pot: Ikea - 30108485
basket: Ikea - Alkov 20071077
table runner and candelabra: T.J. Maxx - 950776 and 257913
glass frost and applicator set: The Home Depot - 045161487443 and 045162501385
Before: Circus ColorsReal estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male said this kitchen has too much color and too little counter space. Homebuyers look for practicality in a kitchen, not circus colors. Another problem is the holes in the vinyl floor, the homeowners keep them covered up with a big rug.
Mattam-Male loved the structure and architectural detail in the master bedroom (not shown). But like the dining room and kitchen, her problem was with the wall color. In this room, the situation is even worse because the red paint was applied on top of wallpaper and now the wallpaper is peeling off the walls.
After: Optimum FunctionalityThe circus-themed kitchen is a thing of the past. The archway that divided the kitchen space is torn down making two small spaces into one big, functional kitchen. A bar-height table is cut in half and placed against the wall to provide an additional countertop and seating. The freshly painted white cabinets are dressed up with new hardware and the homeowners purchased all new appliances.
Before, the master bedroom’s (not shown) crimson walls and peeling paint would have sent up a red flag for potential buyers. Now, warm colors and a wood-paneled alcove make the space feel like a romantic mountain retreat.
paint: Benjamin Moore - Spanish Olive 1509 (eggshell)
chandelier: Lowe’s - three-light nickel 121608
brushed-nickel fixture and white bell shaded: Lowe’s - 44-inch Weston 115451 and114421
cabinet hardware: Lowe’s - 1 ½" Euro Cont Knob - 224632
corner shelves: Lowe’s - 109817
valance: Bed, Bath & Beyond - Marlin Blue 89114100430
baskets: Ikea - Bran 77439212, 90028066
shelves: Ikea - Mossby 46-inch 20031289
brackets for shelves: Ikea - Bjrnum10032411
pendant lamp: Ikea - 70038132
pitcher: Ikea - Brygo 70063536
glass: Ikea - R-ttvik 50031283
artwork: Kirkland’s - ARSB Turquoise VESS - 072347
towels: K-mart - 07200084371, 07946567542
tension rod: Target - 068050283
blue bottles: Ross Dress for Less - 400021162617, 400021143166 and 400021162587
candle: Ross Dress for Less - 3x6 parchment 400021282414
vinyl tile flooring: The Home Depot - 088969993793
paint: Benjamin Moore - Roasted Sesame Seed 2160-40 (eggshell)
bronze star light: Lowe’s 12-inch Monrovian 224270
bedding: K-Mart - 07665779618
toss pillows: T.J. Maxx - 9335425, 933407, 994972, 994969
serving tray: Target - 068050283