Before: Drab Front PorchHomeowners Barbara, Rubin and Rubin Jr. are quickly outgrowing their Washington D.C. row house. It was the perfect starter home for the couple, but now that they are no longer starting and they’re off and running with a young child, the family needs a bigger place. The home should easily appeal potential buyers with its historic location, four-season porch and beautiful hardwood floors.
Real estate expert Terry Haas stops by to provide her expertise on what makes a quick and profitable sale. She loves the neighborhood, the street and the home’s exterior. To enter the house, Haas has to walk through an all-season porch. She thinks it is a shame that it will be the buyer’s first impression — the clutter and lack of style is a turn off. In the kitchen, Haas jokes that 1985 called and they want their kitchen back. The dated wallpaper and rough-looking floor are in sore need of an update. The master bedroom has Haas stunned, all the walls are covered in dark fabric and the closet is barely accessible.
Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Haas’s comments and has a $2,000 design plan that will soon have the homeowners in a bigger and family-friendly home .
Step 1: Jazz up the front porch so it makes a sparkling first impression.
Step 2: Bring the kitchen into the 21st century with new floors, walls and window treatments.
Step 3: Undrape the master bedroom walls and brighten the space up.
Contractor Simon Ley and carpenter Lynn Kegan have all the right tools and talent to get the job done.
After: Updated PorchThis porch used to look like an overgrown storage closet, now, several small improvements add up to make a positive first impression. First, the walls are given a two-tone paint treatment to accentuate the architectural detail. Next, a fresh coat of spray paint makes the homeowner’s wicker furniture look brand new. New storage benches keep the place looking tidy. Finally, sheer window treatments soften the space and add extra privacy.
light fixtures $114
storage chest $180
headboard upholstery $40
closet organization $226
paint and accessories $798
square tables: Bed, Bath & Beyond – 16-inch metal 44444431016
welcome mat: Bed, Bath & Beyond – sage rug 4598208502
deck boxes and cushions: Bed, Bath & Beyond – 4436501336 and 44444486493
cushions and pillows: K-Mart – 842205300204 and 84225300204
curtain rod: K-Mart - 07200014651
curtains: Ikea – LILL 90111980
area rug: Target: 5 x 8 – 066040079
platter, glasses and pitcher: Homegoods – 716503, 118323 and 380074
paint: Benjamin Moore – Camouflage 2143-40 (semi-gloss)
Before: Dated WallpaperThe homeowner’s inherited the dated wallpaper when they bought the house. It is really bringing down their new appliances. Also bringing the room down is the uneven floors and cluttered countertops.
The real estate expert said in all her experience she had never seen fabric-covered walls like the ones in the master bedroom (not shown). They make it seem as if the homeowners are hiding something, also the dark color makes the room feel like a cave.
After: Stylish KitchenThe kitchen used to look like a relic from the 1980s. The past is gone and the kitchen is now up-to-date with style and substance. The dated wallpaper is torn off and the walls are painted a sunny yellow to open up the space. New laminate floors with matching trim make the space move-in ready.
faucet: Bed, Bath & Beyond - 019934871532
kitchen valance: K-Mart - 07200014379
light fixture: The Home Depot – Flush-mount 785247116683
silk flowers and bowl: TJ Maxx – 89990859 and 988598
laminate flooring: The Home Depot - Dupont Real Touch Elite Black Slate, model FG8090, item 384944
paint: Benjamin Moore – Bronzed Beige 2151-50 (eggshell)
Before: Gloomy Master BedroomBefore, the master bedroom resembled a gloomy cave.
After: Bright and SunnyNow, it is a bright haven that evokes tranquility. The fabric is ripped off the walls and the paneling underneath is given a fresh coat of paint. More practical storage is added when the closet is revamped with new shelving, poles and bi-fold doors.
Master Bathroom Makeover
curtains: Bed, Bath & Beyond – Argentina Chocolate 84-inch - 7638994942
bed skirt and shams: Bed, Bath & Beyond – Merlot Provincial 73573220405
nightstand: Ikea – Noresund 10073835
fabric for headboard: Hancock Fabrics – Envy Taffeta 001700921
bed pillows: Wal-Mart - 002119167625 and 002119121580
sheets: Linens ‘N Things – Toscana 734737073074
curtain rods: Linens ‘N Things – Café 044294095854 and 044294094444
paint: Benjamin Moore Paints – Silver Marlin 2139-50 (eggshell)
closet panels: The Home Depot - 030151087445
closet organizers: The Home Depot – T6 089066070332
throw: Ikea – Felicia 20080595