Wanted: More Room for Growing Boys

Large furnishings in a traditional bungalow-style home are holding it back from an easy sale.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe large eccentric furniture is gone and in its place is a comfortable sofa and warm color tones to make this an inviting space.
Before, bold décor choices were taking over the space and distracting buyers from the home's assets. Now, new cottage-style furnishings are more in keeping with the home's traditional bungalow style. Refinished floors, fresh paint, window treatments, lighting and accessories all add to the cozy, warm feeling. In the dining area, a smaller table helps show off the room's size. A new chandelier and window treatments brighten the space.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $553
flooring $425
countertop $286
paint and hardware $271
lighting and accessories $268
window treatments $193

Total: $ 1,996

Living room makeover products:

paint: Benjamin Moore, J.C.Licht - 1039 Stone House
lamp bases: Wal-Mart - table base 00828031027
lamp shades: Lowe's - Drp (235512) 9-inch Me738
coffee table: Marshalls – 014828
window treatments: Ikea – Ritva 10083698
curtain rods: Lowe's - Poplar Flrd 233 rods 3586
brackets: Lowe's - European wood brackets 33335
console table: Wal-Mart – 063168042564
pillows: T.J. Maxx – 931557
swing-arm lamps: The Home Depot – brushed-nickel 046335829725
side tables: Hobby Lobby
art supplies: Hobby Lobby
drapery hardware: The Home Depot – 070042771206
sofa: Fort Pitt Furniture Liquidators
floor stain: The Home Depot - Dark Walnut 027426700123

Dining room makeover products:

table: Wickes Furniture - 22-49070
curtain rods: Lowe's - round wood pole 30457

Kitchen makeover products:

paint: Benjamin Moore, J.C.Licht - 1524 Nature's Scenery
table and chairs: Wal-Mart – 955526950007
light fixture: Ikea - Grims Chandelier 80057078
window treatments: Lowe's 30 x 72 matchstick fruitwood shades 164100 and 36 x 72 matchstick bamboo shades 21226
ceiling medallion: Menards – 3459124
countertop: Ikea – butcher block
hardware: The Home Depot - pulls 731266402394