Toning Down for a Sale
See how the experts tone down an old military house to get it ready for market.
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Real estate expert Brandie Malay arrives to give these homeowners a complete home assessment. In the living room, the bulky furniture makes the already tight space feel even smaller. The faux-finish treatment on the walls looks like camouflage; it is a bit overpowering and makes the room feel closed in. The camouflage walls continue into the dining area. While the dining table is a perfect size for the room, the massive ceiling fan is sure to make buyers do an about-face. Lastly, the kitchen isn't making a cohesive statement — it is just a hodgepodge of bad styling and clutter. Malay also finds the cabinetry outdated, the faux-brick backsplash unattractive and the counter space lacking.
Lucky for this couple, designer Monica Pedersen has a plan to right all the wrongs found in Malay's assessment.
Step 1: Eliminate the camo walls in the living room, and bring in furniture that is more to scale.
Step 2: The dining room should get new lighting, a new buffet and fresh wall paint.
Step 3: In the kitchen, paint the cabinets, lose the faux-brick backsplash and replace the countertops.
Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez are armed and equipped with the latest tools and know-how to get the job done.