Antique to Chic
Karen and Baron Burems seek help selling their 100-year-old home.
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Before: Out-of-Style Dining Room
Team designer Lisa LaPorta is next to assess. The dining-room table is very narrow and long, but the room is square. Complementary shapes work best, LaPorta insists. In addition, the light fixtures need updating, and the trim and cabinets need to be repainted. Taking into account Freeman's observations as well as her own, she lays out a plan for shaping things up before the open house in just a week.
Step 1: Show it off. Play up the home's architectural details to entice buyers.
Step 2: Streamline. Eliminate the home's multipurpose messiness so future buyers can focus on the positives.
Step 3: Make it new again. Update the out-of-style elements so the home feels completely current.
The homeowners' big personalities required a collaborative makeover that resulted in sparkle.