Selling in the Suburbs

The Designed to Sell adds more value to a cottage home by increasing the usable square footage.

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Before, the layout in the attic was awkward and full of wasted space. Now, it is has more usable living space and more storage. To get the extra space, the closet in the middle of the room is torn down and rebuilt in the back of the room. Then more storage is added with compartments and shelves built along the low sides of the attic wall. By staging the room as a master suite instead of the children’s room, the home will appeal to more homebuyers.

Cost breakdown:
storage and shelves $867
paint and supplies $238
window treatments $78
carpet $240
bedding and accessories $432
lighting $74
furniture $70

Total $1,999

Bedroom makeover
globe light: Ace Hardware - 3020740
plantation faux-wood blinds: Lowe's
paint: JC Licht Benjamin Moore - 1445 Piano Concerto
bedding and bedskirt: Homegoods - 065727
pillow shams, decorative pillows and pillow cases: Homegoods – 117139 and 107467
pillow forms: Target
decorative pillows: Marshalls
pantry hardware: Menards - 2239328
picture frames: Wal-Mart
carpet: Carpet Exhibitors North

Library makeover
bench: St. Vincent DePaul
bamboo shade: The Home Depot
tablecloth: Supreme Novelty Fabrics
wooden dots used in border: Hobby Lobby
stools: Ikea - Frosta Birch 24286205
baskets: Ikea - 70028048
wall paint: JC Licht Benjamin Moore - HC-9 Chestertown Buff
chalkboard paint: The Home Depot - 020066118136
swag kit for hanging light: The Home Depot - 091421264164
canopy cover for hanging light fixture: Ace Hardware - 31387
socket for hanging light fixutre: The Home Depot
ribbon for chalkboard: Hobby Lobby
shelves and brackets: Craftwood Lumber & Hardware
round table: Craftwood Lumber & Hardware
drumshade: Anthropologie

Living room makeover
hanging plates: T.J. Maxx -natural wood-colored plates 358896
wndow treatments: Ikea - Lenda 20111974
pillows: Homegoods - botanical print 039531
paint: JC Licht Benjamin Moore - 632 Bridal Bouquet
sofa slipcover: Target - Kingston stripe taupe 067041002
pillows: Marshalls - brown silk
decorative pillow: Workshop - blue square