TO PAINT OR NOT TO PAINT? !!! Vote please!!!

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Home Stager with Key Elements Inc. Home Staging & Interiors

This home is coming on the market soon in Portland, Oregon's hip and funky Hawthorne District just steps away from shops galore. Regarding the photos below, Seller's P and A have asked that I seek more input on AR, specifically from those of you who know funky districts in their own areas, or perhaps are from Portland and know Hawthorne. Please with your vote and on whether to paint over this entry hall.

We have a rich camel color chosen for this area to complement a palette with coffee inspired colors from Macadamia to Cocoa Latte in the LR/DR. The upper story BRooms have a tuscan golden clay plaster effect.

 

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Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

I have to say first that I do not know anything about that area.  But, I say, yes, paint it!

Aug 28, 2009 04:45 AM #1
Rainmaker
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SarahGray Lamm
Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 - Chapel Hill, NC
Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience

In my humble Realtor opinion...paint it. It isn't about the "funky" factor, it's about the totally un-hip "two-tone sponged" factor. The area may be funky but the house doesn't need to be!

Aug 28, 2009 04:47 AM #2
Rainer
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Jody Keating
Jody Keating Connective Realty,LLC, Bryan/College Station,TX - Bryan, TX
Broker/MM/Realtor, Bryan / College Station, TX

I think somewhere in all that sponging it said

PLEASE

PAINT ME

PLEASE

 

Aug 28, 2009 04:51 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Paint paint paint paint paint paint paint paint paint (there, I think I get points for this one!)

Aug 28, 2009 04:58 AM #4
Rainer
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Judith Sinnard
SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas - Houston, TX
The SMARTePLAN Lady

I see a lot of houses ... represented by a lot of different Realtors ... and I've never seen any "individualized decorating" walls survive, whether its sponge painting, or faux finish or the hand-painted vineyard motif wall mural ...we paint them.

Aug 28, 2009 07:17 AM #5
Rainer
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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Independent of the area I would vote vor painting, this will look so much better and fresher and lighter afterwards

Aug 28, 2009 07:37 AM #6
Rainer
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Kate Jahnson
Home Stage Home - West Linn, OR
Home Stager

I'm south of Portland but any any district....PAINT!  I agree with Sarah.  That sponged paint look is way passe.

Aug 28, 2009 10:51 AM #7
Rainer
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Luci Terhune
Bungalow Home Staging & Redesign - Nutley, NJ
NJ Home Stager 973 896-6489

Beautiful detail on the staircase but the colors are so distracting. Very 80's and taste specific so I say paint it!

 

 

Aug 28, 2009 01:00 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Ellen Crawford
RE/MAX Paramount Properties - Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR

Why would you have to ask?  Painting it is a must!  If you don't want to sell it, don't paint.

Aug 28, 2009 03:13 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Ditto to all of the statements above.  This type of painting is very personal...like wallpaper and it should GO!   I can just hear the seller saying "but I like these walls"...honestly, so what. 

Aug 29, 2009 07:01 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Paula -- Please convince the sellers to PAINT.  I'm not only in Portland, but I've staged homes in this neighborhood, and we recommend painting (especially if we see the two-tone sponge painting effect).  That is not historic, it's just funky.  The home will look so much better and the energy will be lifted with the paint colors you suggested.  Good luck!

Aug 29, 2009 11:04 AM #11
Rainer
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Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

Yes, definitely paint, paint, paint. Sometimes, you can get away with not painting, but I will follow suite with the others above and say the look is far too personal and must be neutralized. We'd love to see the photo's once you've made the switch.

Aug 31, 2009 04:33 AM #12
Rainer
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Judith Sinnard
SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas - Houston, TX
The SMARTePLAN Lady

In an attempt to be helpful .. since most agree painting is the way to go ... and having empathy for your Seller who no doubt is wistful about painting over something they cherish ... I'm trying to offer to your Seller a perspective and rationale beyond just saying "paint it".   From my standpoint, I'm looking at a gorgeous stairway with hardwood treads, carved newel post, wood-spindled balustrade and hardwood banister which should be the STAR of that space....it is not, the paint job is detracting from it.  

Has your Seller considered the following ....  (1) as much as the seller enjoyed personalizing that space, the new owner will, too (especially if this property is in an "artsy" district) --- HOWEVER the first thing they see is the cost/labor of 3 gals of Kilz plus the time and labor to prep the area to allow them to be artistic in that space.  Not that they don't appreciate the Sellers artistry ... but they want to make it "their" home. So, they are turning away the "artistic types" of buyers....

(2) Would the Seller consider puttingin a "kilz allowance" for lack of a better phrasing, much like some Sellers offer a carpet allowance? --- Call in a painter and get a quote on the work.  So, they are turning away the non-artistic types of buyers who can only see the expense of changing it....

(3) Do they realize the paint treatment in that space is completely overpowering the staircase? Had they looked at it in that light? So, they are turning away buyers interested in architectural features ...

Uh..Hellooo... we've just turned away three major categories of buyers for this property ... Is the present paint treatment REALLY that valuable to turn off/turn away whole groups of buyers?  ... they may want to rethink this again. Repainting in a neutral tone is a low cost solution that returns ALL of those buyers back to the table.  (Good luck!)

Aug 31, 2009 05:33 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

The funky finish detracts from the architecture. Paint and hang funky artwork!

Aug 31, 2009 09:45 AM #14
Rainer
62,148
SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES - Sechelt, BC

No question - PAINT!   There is nothing attractive about the current look.  It is dark, detracts from the architecture and passe

Good luck!

Sep 01, 2009 08:28 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

I don't know the area but a solid neutral will really complement that staircase. It would also make it appeal to a wider range of buyers no mater what district it is in.

I vote PAINT.

Please be sure to do a follow up with pictures when they make a choice.

Bonne Chance!

 

Sep 15, 2009 10:58 AM #16
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