Friday, March 1, 2013

Total Home Makeover by French

The fun of seeing before and after..A total home makeover story, done with a $1500.00 budget!!!

This is the before and after pictures from a complete house make-over that a friend and I done during our Interior Design class. This homeowner needed a complete house make-over with a budget of only $1500, for the entire 1500 SF home. This small hallway required 4 coats of paint! It was so dark and dreary, look at the difference with the after. Even the doors were painted!
Wow what a difference!

The bedroom before? Where to start? The upper part of the walls had wall paper and border, and the bottom half was painted apparently to match? Burgundy and gray on the upper with green and peach on the lower...what were they thinking?

The after, creams and tan paint, the bedding and curtains were something I had stored and pulled out to use for the staging, the set was plum and gray. The artwork, and black and cream pillows were provided by my friend. As was the idea of the backboard to hang pictures on! Take a piece of 1/2 inch thick board, wrap in fabric then add pictures in the center! Voila new artwork! Trade secret? Taking two small pictures and increasing their size and presence with a simple backboard. HUGE improvement. The homeowner cried as she walked into this room, she loved it!

The living room had been used as both a living room and a dining room, to maximize the size of the room we stored the dining room furniture. The lower part of the walls were wallpaper, and it was impossible to remove so we opted to add bead board and trim.

We tried to show off the hardwood floors which are the original ones to the home. The curtains were pulled from the bedroom and the addition of sheers let some much needed light in the room! The sofa and coffee table were things I also had in storage, we removed the theater sofa and replaced it with this smaller one again to maximize the space;)

This was the kitchen before! A huge clutter of items that didn't belong in the room. What I didn't get a picture of was the kitchen cabinets which were also painted and also added to hardware!

The addition of a new but gently used round table, some new seat covers, and a table runner, some art work and a new but used light fixture which was a vast improvement from the previous fixture which was a mini fan? Unfortunately the budget didn't allow us to change the floors which we would have liked to do as well as remove the current blinds but we had to stay within our budget!

The bathroom many things done in here, the addition of a new vanity and faucets, new grout, paint and flooring.

After, a new shower curtain made by my friend, and some fresh new towels! These pictures don't really do the rooms justice because the after was truly a VAST improvement!

All in all the make-over was a huge success! We did this makeover for free! Sometimes you can't always have the things you prefer when confined to a budget, so you simply learn to improvise and use what you have. The bottom line was that the first person that looked at the house after the work was completed, bought it! We were very pleased with that as was the homeowner! Original listing price suggested per the realtor was $62,500. After the make-over she decided to list it at $89,900! It sold for full price of $89,900!


Hugs and thanks for stopping in!

French;) xoxox

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