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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Hide CaptionShow CaptionNew simple furnishings a a new color palette make this room more what potential home buyers are looking for.
Before, this living room was crowded with oversize furniture. Now, smaller-scale pieces help the space feel open and airy. A new area rug shows off the hardwood floors. Warm beige paint completely conceals the camouflage, and new lamps provide pleasing lighting. A lot of personality was brought into the room with fun pillows, new draperies and pretty accessories. In the dining room (not shown), the chair rail is now highlighted with two subtle shades of paint, lighter on top and darker on the bottom. The utilitarian-looking kitchen cart was transformed into a stylish buffet to match the newly refinished dining table.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $689
countertop and backsplash project $603
accessories $249
window treatments $231
paint $145
lighting $65
general supplies $6

Total: $1,988

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