What's in your "Update Arsenal?"

Home Stager with Sold By Design www.sasoldbydesign.com

Recently, Tori Lynn Ross posted a blog titled, "Grout Recolorant To The Rescue!" and it got me thinking about some of the things I have done to update.  Get rid of dated wallpaper, of course:

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and paint over dark, dated wood with something light and neutral:









I loved Tori Lynn's grout recolorant tip, and all of the wonderful tricks we have up our sleeves (and packed in the car) to freshen, lighten, and update our clients' homes.  So what about you?  What's in your "Update Arsenal?"


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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Tamara, framing large plate glass bathroom mirrors. I always recommend it and show clients what a difference it can make. I have a blog about it as do a couple of other SIF members. It'a another easy DIY project that almost anyone can do.
Aug 27, 2008 11:57 AM #1
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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Tamara- The one thing I ALWAYS recommend, and sellers have a tendency to comply, is updating the main light fixtures. The home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes have great and affordable choices. Replacing old brass with brushed nickel is a fabulous way to make the whole home look as if it's been updated!
Aug 27, 2008 12:24 PM #2
Michelle Aarnes
Elite Redesign - Carlsbad, CA

Tamara & Elaine -

I agree with you both, it's amazing what a can of paint and updating lighting fixtures can do for a home! 

Adding or updating drawer pulls/handles in the Kitchen and/or Bathrooms is also another favorite of mine.

Great photos/transformations Tamara!

Aug 28, 2008 04:42 AM #3
Leah J. Armstrong
House to Home ReDesigns & Real Estate Staging Vancouver B.C. - Port Moody, BC
Home Staging Port Moody B.C.
Always new front door lockset, house numbers, mailbox, outside entry lights, door mat. Always a generous flower display at front door. Always a color on the door. Always remove wallpaper. Replace venetians with 2' faux wood blinds. Have spray-painted brass fireplace screen with flat black heat-resistant BBQ paint. On granite, have changed white switch plates & plugs to stainless plates and black plugs.
Aug 29, 2008 06:43 PM #4
Tamara Cline
Sold By Design www.sasoldbydesign.com - San Antonio, TX
Sold By Design, Staging San Antonio and Surrounding Area
Leah, Those are changes I like to make as well, though I especially like your tip about the stainless steel plates and black plugs!
Aug 30, 2008 03:16 AM #5
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon
A couple of small things -- It seems nearly every tub and shower I come across has peeling, moldy or stained caulking. Many homeowners don't know how to do this easy fix. If they wish to do it themselves there is a new product called caulksingles -- an applicator and caulk in one -- easy, clean and fresh looking. I've also bought a bunch of "Mr. Erasers". When I visit a home with little ones and many finger prints or dirty walls I recommend a contest on who can get the most dirt off with their Eraser -- mom's have said they become obsessed with cleaning with their Eraser and the walls look so much better too!
Sep 02, 2008 04:48 AM #6
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