Make Room for Buyers

A cozy home must lose three-quarters of its clutter so it will be ready to sell.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBefore, this living room was crowded and cluttered, but now it is spacious, comfortable and full of style.
Properly sized furniture maximizes the room's square footage. New window treatments and paint give the space a finished look. Scented additives are added to the paint to cover up the pet smell, and the lined drapes are hemmed along the sides so they'll look as good from the outside as they do on the inside.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $920
wood floors $371
accessories $145
window treatments $320
bedding $73
paint and supplies $129

Total: $1,958

Dining room products:

10" gold vase, 811012990520, Michaels
wood floor, Hobo
paint, Benjamin Moore's Summerdale Gold, HC-17, J.C. Licht
window treatment fabric, Loomcraft Textiles
tablecloth, 082092401536, Wal-Mart

Bedroom products:

curtain rods, Rod Curtain Spring, 59979, Ace Hardware
yellow silk pillows, 045623, HomeGoods
bedding and pillows, 007799282, 018247228, 007529454, Marshalls
window shades, 068032995, Target
paint, Benjamin Moore's La Paloma Gray, 1551, J.C. Licht

Living room products:

vases, 003088658, 003088689, Marshalls
arm chair, sofa and armoire, Wickes Furniture
curtain rings, 004429409213, Wal-Mart
window treatment fabric lining, JoAnn
paint, Benjamin Moore's Caramel Apple, 1042, J.C. Licht
lampshades, 008280390224, 008280394943, Wal-Mart
scented paint additive, Paint Pourri, Scentco