My lastest job on a 4-bedroom in the Magnolia District of Seattle.
I had about 3 weeks to paint every room and prep/update this home for it's open house on February 24th. With the help of an amazing crew we met our deadline. Natalie English from Windermere Real Estate handled the sale as well as the incredible staging for this home.
Front of House - Before
The original owner had done the landscaping. He also had a large Heron weathervane on top of the house and a clock that needed a battery change to keep the correct time.
Front of House - AFTER
The mailbox slot was filled with insulation and there was no opening into the house (photo below).
BEFORE: Entry/Foyer: There was a lot of old-style lighting in the house, most of which I had replaced. This lamp below was over the open stairway going down to the basement area. The large rectangular window was covered with an etched plastic sheet of butterflies and flowers which we removed and then put window trim on.
AFTER: In the photo below you can now see out the window and the new light fixture has a more modern touch. The Pergo flooring was already in the house replacing existing carpeting. However, the top step and trimming around the stairway opening was never finished so we took care of that problem as well.
The next photo shows the foyer/entry looking out from the stairway towards the front door. Natalie added all the staging furniture to really make the house POP!
BEFORE: Master Bathroom: We demolished the entire bathroom to take out the outdated plastic tub surround, old vanity, mirror and light fixtures. Luis Felix, my contracting partner, did all the demo and framing for the new tub and mirrored cabinet. He also put in the porcelain floor. He also had to raise the wall above the toilet to add a little more height to put in a modern toilet. I did the tub surround tiling and all the painting.
AFTER-Master Bathroom - Shower Tiling.
AFTER-Master Bathroom: Here's the professional photographer's master bath shot.
BEFORE - Master Bedroom: The window next to the mirrorred closet doors in this photo below was missing the window sill and window framing. Luis recreated the sill and framing to look like the other two windows in this bedroom. The fireplace was cleaned, carpets shampooed and a new ceiling light installed.
AFTER-Master Bedroom (photo below)
BEFORE- Living/Dining/Sitting Room: These large open rooms needed a refresh of paint. You can also see in the following pictures below that each doorway opening had decorative corner pieces that needed to be removed and the surface repaired. There were two gold-leafed cherubs in the entrance to the sitting room as well as a couple of gold-eyed swans. There were also plastic decorative ceiling medallions under each light fixtured that were removed and the ceiling repaired underneath them.
Above--the notorious Swan sconces.
AFTER- Living/Dining/Sitting Room: Natalie's staging really showed off how the right furniture placement utilized these very large rooms, making them warmer and inviting.
The cabinentry and oriental-themed wallpaper was old and outdated. The only appliance left in this kitchen was the old dishwasher so we had to order all new stainless steel replacements. The opening for the stove was not for the standard 30" stove but for a 40" model which we had to special order.
You can see the large table above (with the cherub wall sconces). I had hoped all we had to was remove the floor bolts on the table legs and do a small wood patch. The large steel legs actually went about a foot down through the floor so we had to patch the big holes in the Pergo floor.
Photo above shows upper cabinets over refrigerator were taken out so larger refrigerator could be installed. We also ran a water hook-up through the bottom cabinets for the refrigerator ice-maker/water dispenser.
I took all the cabinet doors off and prepped them for painting
The countertops were a yellow formica. I used a kit called "Giani" to create a granite look by first painting the surface a flat black and then sponging on three differrent colors (see photo below). When dry it got two coats of polyeurathane.
I then tiled the backsplash and the length of the countertops. We also added a new faucet.
Luis took out the existing flourescent ceiling light (photo below) and had to install a new light box by going up in the attic and rerouting the wires to the new box. The old flourescent light above the kitchen sink did not work and we could not find a replacement of the same size so we covered that part of the ceiling with "door skin" and installed a 4" can light.
We didn't get the dishwasher until after these photos were taken so I got a sheet of foam core board to cover up the gapping hole. The new stove also hadn't arrived when the photos were taken. The photo below shows the new stove and stove hood.
Basement Rooms: the downstairs level of the house was large, but for the most part unfinishedj or in serious need of painting and cleanup. Most of the walls were covered in various shades of paneling and many of the rooms had no baseboards.
Laundry Room: More dated wallpaper and paneling. The floor was unfinished concrete. All we did for this room was apply two coats of primer and paint and then painted the floor with special concrete paint. We also installed a new washer and dryer.
Before: -Small Bedroom (photo below): the previous owner used this room as part of his woodworking workshop.
BEFORE - In-Law Suite: Natalie staged this room as a mother-in-law suite. The Pergo floor was already in but there were no baseboards or shoe trim.
The second entry door was a dark brown (photos below) before we primed it. It also had a a few large holes in it. The Pergo floor had never been finished because the door was too long. We removed the door and trimmed it off so the rest of the Pergo floor could be installed. We also used foam filler in the holes so we could spakle them and then painted the door with trim paint and added a new light fixture.
AFTER - Mother-in-Law Suite (photo below). With a new light fixture and adding baseboard and shoe trim this room took on a whole new life. Add Natalie's staging and you'd never know this was the same room.
BEFORE - In-Law Bathroom: the shower in this bathroom was a dark green formica. It was painted with a strong primer and then with exterior waterproof wall paint. The walls were painted with a satin finish. We installed trim around the shower and Luis put a drywall patch over the hole left by a medicine cabinet that had been removed by the previous owner. We added a new toilet roll holder and towel bars and then gave it a good cleaning.
AFTER - In-Law Bathroom
BEFORE - Bonus Room: This room, and the laundry room just in front of it had an uneven concrete floor. We simply sanded and painted the baseboards and removed the mirror. Natalie staged this room as a children's playroom.
AFTER - Bonus Room
BEFORE - Large Bedroom: We laid a Pergo floor in this room and two coats of wall paint. We changed the trim and doors from dark brown to white and added a new light fixture.
AFTER - Large Bedroom
BEFORE - 2nd Master Bath: this bathroom is connected to the large bedroom above. We primed over the wallpaper and painted this room. There is also a small 2-person sauna to the left of the doorway in the back.
AFTER - 2nd Master Bath
WORKSHOP - Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the workshop when it was filled with the previous owner's power tools. During the estate sale all the machines were sold. We moved everything that was left out and mopped and polished the floor. Natalie staged this as an art studio since it had incredible skylights that let in a lot of natural light.
BACKYARD - All we did back here was pressure wash the porch, deck and stairs. There are about 12-15 goldfish in the pond.
Many thanks to my whole team on this job well done. The house got 10 offers and sold for $90K over the asking price!