Wow, I’m so glad you all have been enjoying my “How to Stage” series!! I have been sincerely blessed and encouraged by the amount of traffic it’s been getting so thank you, thank you, thank you for reading and sharing these posts!! In case you’ve missed one, we’ve talked about How to Stage a Bedroom and How to Stage Bathrooms. Today we continue the tour of this home I staged, and we’re heading into the kitchen. There’s an old saying that “kitchens sell homes” while I don’t think that one room alone is the beginning and end of all home buying decisions, I do think they are a major contributing factor. So, if you are planning to sell – spend some extra time making sure your kitchen really shines!
When I first walked in to this kitchen I liked many of the upgrades the home owners had made like installing a new floor, the glass tile back splash by the stove, new granite counter tops, plus it is roomy! Don’t you just hate a cramped kitchen? Since I love to cook so much, I particularly don’t like a small kitchen. And while, I’d probably knock out a wall if I were moving in here, I feel like this room has loads of potential. But there was also a quirk or two. The biggest one that stood out to me was the gap between the upper cabinets on the facing wall, but I knew instantly what I wanted to put there to help it “make sense.”
A chalkboard!! I’m big on the chalkboard craze and they are so simple to make – all you need is a piece of scrap wood and some chalkboard paint and look out! You are one-step away from something super cute and handy!
I added one more little grouping on this counter. When making groupings like this I generally like to work with odd numbers. Here the tray = 1, the birdhouse = 1 and the stack of plates = 1. Very often odd numbers tend to work well in settings like this, but it’s not a hard and fast rule by any means!
The opposite wall (the one I’d probably tear down if I bought this house a la Joanna Gaines) is a great spot to put a little eating nook or extra workspace – because don’t we all want extra work space in the kitchen?! A petite rolling cart doubles nicely in this role, especially when paired with wooden stools (which I spiffed up with a bit of CeCe Caldwell paint – color: Beckley Coal).
Carts like this also offer great opportunities to show off some favorite kitchen decor as well as add a pop of color to the space.
Since this was a big wall I knew I needed something to help fill it but I didn’t want it to overwhelm the room. And then, inspiration struck! I had this old frame hanging around my house and a roll of chicken wire (don’t we all have these items loitering around our craft rooms?! Okay, I probably need an intervention!) anyway, I got the idea to make a cute message center. A few staples later and this easy-peasy board was created. I clipped on a few cute cards with some glittered clothespins (which I also made) and an instant message center with endearing farm to city charm was born!
Curious about all my RESOURCES? Here’s a handy list to help you out:
White cookie jars, melamine plates, blue owl planter, pink peonies, galvanized bucket with chalk label, large white owl cookie jar, colored glasses, kitchen cart, wooden bar stools (I painted the legs on these black), “Love will save the day” sign.
Michaels Craft Store:
Dark turquoise turning sorter (on bottom shelf of cart), Blue planter (on top of refrigerator)
Ross Dress for Less:
White tray (next to the birdhouse), faux lemons, and the wire basket (holding the lemons)
All other items are from my personal collection that I’ve had for a while and can’t recall where I purchased them and they are surely not still in stores.
Hopefully you are inspired by this makeover!! Thanks so much for reading. Soon I’ll be sharing a few touches in the Dining Room. Stay tuned~
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