Create Your Own Staging Props

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Cherry Blossoms in the Spring, 48x60 Acryllic on CanvasWhen you are new to staging and you want to stage unfurnished homes, it's expensive and difficult to acquire inventory.

One way to cut the costs of gathering an assortment of usable art is the purchase various sizes of blank, stretched canvas from your local art supply store.

Then, using a color palette that is pleasing to the eye and that blends well with your other furnishings you will place in the home, create your own artwork. Be sure to use the same (or similar) colors on more than one piece so that if you need additional art in a room, they will all coordinate well together.

Paint a dark border around each piece to simulate a frame; this eliminates the need to have the canvas framed, reducing your costs to just the canvas and your paint.

You don't even need to have the frame wired for hanging because even large pieces are light weight and can be supported on two nails in the wall.  Place the nails 1/3rd the way in from each side for best support. 

Subject matters that are safe and usually well received are:  landscapes, colorful abstracts, florals, cooking subjects, words or phrases. Avoid painting faces. 


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Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121

What great tips and post! Thank you for sharing this post.

Apr 06, 2011 12:25 PM #1
Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Yorktown, NY
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Great ideas and post, thank you

Apr 06, 2011 02:07 PM #2
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Barbara--I love the idea of painting the canvas to simulate a frame.  Good money saving tip.  Thanks. 

Apr 06, 2011 06:58 PM #3
Roslyn Ashford
ra reDoes rooms - Home Staging, DC and Maryland - Silver Spring, MD
Home Stager

I have actually done this - i did some smaller pieces to start, building confidence to tackle larger pieces! thanks for including this!

Apr 08, 2011 06:46 AM #4
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