Scrambling for a Snappy Sale

A family gets help sprucing up their place so they can move out of the city.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis fun bar area will make a much better first impression on portential home buyers.
What once resembled a storage unit is now a stylish entrance. The wall is gone, and a fun bar area replaces the shelves and flows naturally into the kitchen. This makes the kitchen feel more functional and allows the entryway to connect itself to the main living area — a much better first impression!

Cost breakdown:

bar materials $660
furniture $670
drywall and lumber $220
lighting $186
decorative accessories $160
window treatments $63
paint and supplies $41

Total: $2,000

Products from The Coaster Company of America:

sofa and two side chairs for living room, models 8110 and 8108

Products from Contractors' Warehouse:

granite countertop, Gold, 662114
42" oak wall panel, 742777006648
oak cabinets for kitchen, W1542, 867440 and W1242, 867432

Products from The Home Depot:

cabinet sides, 00366025952
moldings, 604910000473
lumber for framing the kitchen and entry, 718793150733
living-room plant (cat palm), 796899124197
kitchen cabinet paint, Behr's Swiss Coffee
kitchen wall paint, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island

Products from Lowe's:
Portfolio kitchen light fixture for kitchen, Midnight Gold, semi-flush, 170582

Products from Home Fabrics:

fabric for kitchen roman shades and bench, Gold Silk
entry roman shade, Lime Silk

Products from Michael Levine:

pillow inserts for living room, 18 x 18

Products from Target:

throw pillows for kitchen, 067081499
throw pillows for entryway, 067081550

Products from Marshalls:

striped throw pillow for entry, 007611672

Product from Craigslist:

living-room chandelier

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