Home Staging Transformations in Orlando #5: A Log Home’s Kitchen

Home Stager with Gloria Home Staging, Inc.

Home staging to the rescue! Just imagine how hard it would have been for buyers to keep their minds on this kitchen if the owner had not wisely had Gloria Home Staging take it in hand. It was fascinating! Diverting! Unforgettable!

The first object that demanded a viewer’s attention was the large dog biscuit container on the counter. (Saying more would not be tactful.) Sharing the counter was a unique wooden moose with a small straw bale at one end, and a little pail at the other. Raise its tail, and a raisinette falls into the pail. (Very classy) The counter had attractive glass-fronted drawers, which were partially full of candy and bags of chips, among other things. On the walls were many metal plaques, ranging from antique product ads to witty sayings. Viewers noticed as afterthoughts features like the huge refrigerator, double oven, and lowered granite corner of the counter. Something had to be done!

Kitchen before

Needless to say, we retired the biscuit container and the moose. We took down all the plaques, including the one that said, “In this house, dog hair is a condiment.” (Eeewww!) We also filled the drawer fronts with pasta, rice, and dried beans, and cleared as much as possible off the back counters.

Kitchen after  Kitchen after

It made a world of difference. Now buyers will remember this kitchen for the right reasons. (Though they won’t have funny stories to tell about “what I saw in the house I looked at today.”)

If you are selling a home in the Orlando area, Gloria Home Staging can help buyers remember it, too. Give us a call – we’ll be pleased to help!


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Comments (7)

Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Wow Laurie I never even noticed the stainless appliances in the before photo.  Nice job getting the client to realize that their "decorating" is not the way to sell. 

Aug 22, 2009 01:29 PM
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Laurie - WOW! What a great job. The kitchen really came out looking really good.

Aug 22, 2009 03:02 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Fabulous once again Laurie. I am a big fan!!

Aug 22, 2009 05:44 PM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Ginger - Happily, the client was fully on board with staging before we got there, so she was helpfulness itself. She was also ready to let go of the decor. The day we did the staging, that huge counter was FILLED with tchotchkes that she was getting rid of. We "shopped" the counter to do the staging, and she sold what was left at a yard sale. What a difference! Thanks for commenting!

Robert - Thanks! It's a great kitchen, once you get past the stuff.

Cathy - You are so kind! I'm glad you liked it!

Aug 23, 2009 04:15 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful kitchen.  I didn't think so originally though!  Like Ginger, I didn't notice the appliances in the "before" photo.  Great job!

Aug 23, 2009 07:34 AM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

wow, what a great kitchen.  You did a beautiful job with the staging.

Aug 23, 2009 09:58 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Sharon - I have to confess that I didn't really notice the double ovens until I was looking at the pictures to write this post, that's how overpowering the stuff was. It was hard to take my eyes off that dog biscuit thing. What a relief when it was all gone! Thanks for stopping by!

Chrissie - Thanks for the encouraging words!

Aug 23, 2009 01:43 PM