Prepping a Houseboat for Sale

The Designed to Sell experts get a one-bedroom houseboat ready for the market.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionA new two-toned paint color is applied to the cabinets to brighten the space.
Before, the dark cabinets felt dingy, and a massive desk ate up the dining area. The Designed to Sell team gave this space a complete overhaul. New stainless-steel hardware on top of the two-toned paint treatment helps brighten up the cabinets. The desk is removed, and now a beautifully-reconditioned dining set shows off the original purpose of the space. A new mirrored medicine cabinet tucked into an unused wall adds storage and opens up the space by reflecting light.

Makeover Costs

carpet $860
window treatments $204
furniture and accents $680
paint $132
primer $121

Total: $1,997

Makeover products:

Products from Salvation Army:

kitchen table and chairs

Products from Pineapple Paint Company (Benjamin Moore Paints):

wall paint for kitchen and main cabin: Pale Sea Mist #2147-50, eggshell
kitchen cabinet paint: Gray Mirage - #2142-50 and Old Prairie - #2143-50
stateroom paint: Camouflage #2143-40, eggshell)

Products from HomeGoods:

gray toss pillows (main cabin): #032527
gray ottomans (main cabin): #042029

Products from Linens 'N Things:

saddle bar stools: standard 24-inch #727506514335
toss pillow (main cabin): Alexander 18 x 18 - #04721592750

Products from Wal-Mart:

red plate: #005027651454
burgundy toss pillows: #008576961679
burgundy rugs: 20 x 34 - #001089248537
burgundy candlesticks: #072136600069
votive candleholder: #074270263548
decorative balls: #087551600151
candleholder: #082161401739
bronze lamp: #080251312110
lampshade: #082342034389
bamboo tray: #074270254031
cider-scented candles: #072136692001
burgundy fabric for kitchen chairs: #001654205611
salmon pillowcases (stateroom): #007665799003
floral grass in pot: #070109124966
bed pillows: #002569600448

Products from Kmart:

kitchen terry towels: #07200084333
kitchen drapery panels: #07200011550

Products from Home Depot:

replacement glass globe (kitchen): #030721816062
cabinet pulls: #022788797620
cabinet hinges: #022788871016

Products from Bed, Bath & Beyond:

bedroom throw: #65134884290
grass in pot: #2625906173
bedding: Zen Garden bed-in-a-bag - #4722593966