Art for staging houses to sell, for the most part, should be simple, clean-looking, and pleasant. After all, stagers want to give an area life, but just enough to bring attention to an area's purpose and highlight desirable features. I find that large abstracts, landscapes, and pieces very little detail look best in the MLS photographs.
However, art can be very expensive to accumulate, frame, and store properly. So, why not make your own easy-to-make art that takes up hardly any space and is just the right colors for any job?
Spend this fall and winter doing something that will be tax-deductible, fun, and income-generating!
- My secrets include NOT USING EXPENSIVE ART PAINT.
I prefer to use regular interior latax paint from leftover projects, in a satin finish. Sometimes I do buy paint but I buy basic colors by the gallon and mix the right color as I go along.
- Use Regular House Painting Brushes
I hardly ever break out my art brushes for staging art. Think big in scale and use a big brushes for a bold, gutsy painting.
- Don't Buy Canvas!
I use 4 x 8 premium hardboard from home Depot. It costs $13.48 and I cut them on a table saw with a fine blade into LOTS of sizes. One board gets me 3-10 paintings depending on the sizes I want.
- Paint FAST!
I spend 10 minutes or less making these, because latex paint dries FAST. Don't overthink them. Just do it!
- I Frame Them
Buy frames at thrift stores for a buck or two, paint them, and cut your board to fit the dimensions.
- Or Don't Frame Them AT ALL
For casual artsy-fartsy charm, just prop them up againt the wall, mantle, or on easels. Place a mason jar full of used art brushes near them and you have an instant hobby/lifestyle vignette!
- SIGN THEM!
Be proud of yourself for beign so clever and put your John Hancock on them!
- SELL THEM!
Put a reasonable price on them and if someone falls in love, be ready to sell those puppies!
To store them, place the smaller ones in their own thrift-store pillowcases. Sew large flat sheets together to make larger cases. Then, stack them till you need them!
Most of the pieces I make cost between $4-18 for materials. I sell them framed for anywhere from $40-$300. I rent them for 25% of my selling price.
Best of all, making my own art keeps me outta trouble & off the streets.