All I did was.... take a dated kitchen and make it look move in ready.

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

This home staging in Vaughan had me perplexed at first. I really wanted the kitchen cabinets that were installed in the eating are removed. They seemed to be floating in mid air, they really needed to come down. Or I thought, they really need something below them to balance them out on the wall.

In the end, our team did neither.

We staged the white cabinet with a brand new set of dishes that the client had tucked away in the basement. While I was down there, I spotted (no pun intended) the cow theme seats on two, older looking black chairs. As stagers, we all know we have to keep our eyes open to find the hidden gems in the houses that we stage.

This is what Adantage Staging did to create a modern, funky kitchen that would appeal to the younger families moving in to this neighbourhood.

Kitchen Before Staging

home staging in vaughan

Kitchen After Staging

home staging in vaughan

It worked. This home sold in two weeks just before Christmas. A tough time to sell according to some people. Simple, effective staging ideas created by using things from the home owner. A dish set, three red apples on a white ceramic tray, and two cow theme chairs that now show seating for six people instead of four.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

Remember, staging is always less than the first price reduction.

When you are ready to sell, Advantage Staging is ready to be part of your marketing strategy.


Michelle Finnamore      416.928.2999

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.

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Comments (20)

Maria Tobin
Staged For Success - Huntersville, NC

Love the cow chairs Michelle!  Congratulations on a quick sell.

Jan 02, 2012 12:20 PM
John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

Minimalist ideas sometimes make the best chioce Michelle. I think you pulled it off! Although I still like your first thought, get rid of those 4 cabinets in the dining area and hang a piece of art.

Jan 02, 2012 12:38 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Sometimes we can't see the trees for the forest.  Simple yet effective.  A job well done.

Jan 02, 2012 12:53 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Michelle ~ congrats on helping your client get to a quick sale!  Those cow seat covers are fun and obviously helped get the desired effect  .... a SOLD sign!!

Those 4 extra upper cabinets are just so architecturally wrong!!  But your good staging helped take the emphasis off that.

Jan 02, 2012 02:08 PM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Michelle...Your touches with the cow chairs, black dinnerware, apples, along with a good de-cluttering really helped the dining area in this kitchen.  Changing the drapes and matching them to the water container was a nice touch. 


Jan 02, 2012 02:55 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Maria, when I first saw the back of the frame of the chairs I sort of kept looking. Then I noticed the seats. Then I knew I had something to give the kitchen a  young, happy look to it. The clients did not want to remove the cabinets so this idea made sense to me.

Hi John, I have to agree with you about the cabinets. I still think they should have either come down or had a modern sideboard below them to ground them. The neighbourhood is filled with kitchens that people try to create more storage in. This route did the trick though and all that counts at the end of the day is that the house is sold. Happy clients, happy agents!

Hi Jane, exactly. I distracted the eye for a bit with the cow chairs.

Hi Maureen, I have a similar lay out in my own house. I have planned for  several solutions when I renovate. The agents really wanted the cabinets to stay as it provided so much more storage. It was definitely an awkward eye catcher.

HI Kate, changing the drapery to the blue colour really calmed down this distracting kitchen. You have an eagle eye to see the effect it had on the room.

Jan 02, 2012 11:31 PM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Michelle.....I agree that the cabinets in that area are "floating" and seem very odd and really ODD with that extra WHITE cabinet.  BUT you made it work with the staging!!

Jan 03, 2012 05:11 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Odd, but many people would look look at those cabinets as SUPER - extra storage!  I would have grabbed those chairs too!  ;)

Jan 03, 2012 10:37 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Kathy, I didn't know what looked more odd... the floatin cabinets or the white cabinets added at the end of the run. All I knew was that it added up to a huge distraction that buyers potentially would see no value to and only money to be spent to fix it to look better.  Once we found the brand new set of dishes I took the look from there and voila! an updated kitchen.

Hi Julia, exactly! Most  homes in the neighbourhood have very large families in them. They always need more storage space. That's why it was agreed by the client, the agent and my self to work with them. The results speak volumes about the final decision.   Don't you just love the fun chairs? I couldn't let those go unused in staging this house, especially when I was using the Barcelona style chair in the adjacent family room.

Jan 03, 2012 11:59 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Nicely done Michelle.  Sometimes ....always the keys of a professional home stager makes a world of difference.

Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

looks much better, but why did they have those cabinets like that? Very weird!

Jan 04, 2012 04:14 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Wendy, I've watched your work and you have what it takes to figure out these curve balls when staging homes as well. Thanks for stopping in to see these "floating shelves". Not quite what Ikea had in mind!

Hi Tori, I find that there are practical people in the world and creative people. This family needed more storage in the kitchen. Being a practical family, they installed more cabinets at a height that suited them for their needs. No thought to design, just practical storage. You and I could never live in a home with cabinets installed in that way though. We would have them down the first hour in the house and another solution in place. Same result, more storage- it would just look a whole lot better.

Jan 04, 2012 11:54 PM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Congratulations on the quick sale! Despite the hanging cabinets, you made it work!

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.


Jan 05, 2012 11:37 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Kathy, those hanging cabinets were just so" in your face". They were dark and heavy looking and then the white cabinet at the end made one wonder what the heck was going on in that kitchen. We talked about painting the cabinets the same colour as the wall to make them disappear,, or removing them ,but in the end, staging with the dishes and the cow chairs seemed to get the eye to rest on something else that wasn't quite so odd looking.

Thank you for the feature, most appreciated.

Jan 06, 2012 04:02 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Valerie, cow chairs just say fun don't they? The clients were very happy that there was no work involved plus no cost involved. The agents were happy as the listing moved forward in a couple of days. A win win situation for everyone.

Jan 10, 2012 12:07 AM
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTORĀ®, CNE (719)661-6987

Excellent job, Michelle. And, SOLD in 2 weeks! That buyer might just want to write those cow chairs in the contract. :)

Congrats on your feature!

Jan 14, 2012 02:06 AM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

You did just the right things to make this house sell - decluttering with a few black & white accessories did the trick.  Congrats on the feature Michelle! 

Jan 16, 2012 11:22 AM
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Your simple and effective changes made the odd kitchen layout appealing to the buyers. Great work!

Jan 20, 2012 04:03 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Kim, Those cow chairs had the desired effect, it added a happy note to the house and added something interesting to the mix.

Hi Michelle, Simple and effective changes bring results every time as you well know. People think you have to make drastic changes to stage a home, however, you can see from these photos, a few well placed items that the home owner already had did the job.

Hi David, Thanks for stopping in to see this simple staging. I equate it to paddling a canoe. ( I know, a truly Canadian activity)  You don't have to paddle madly to change direction. You just need to know how to place your oar in the water at the right angle to get to your destination. In this house, it was a few simple changes that made all the differnce to how the buyers percieved the property.

Jan 29, 2012 12:15 PM