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 kitchen now has an neutral color palette and a sophisticated style.
This kitchen is now grownup and sophisticated. Gone are the hot-pink walls and in their place are neutral walls that will appeal to more buyers. The drab, laminate countertops have been replaced with natural butcher block. To create a more open and airy space, the upper cabinets over the peninsula are removed. Having a dining room and an eat-in-kitchen is a big bonus; now buyers can see right into the eat-in area as soon as they enter the kitchen. A smaller table also helps highlight the vast size of the eat-in area. Updated hardware on the cabinets and new window treatments complete the makeover.

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

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