Friday, January 30, 2015

Planning For Resale

We are planning for to put our house up for sale soon and have a few makeovers to do around our house. We've been planning on downsizing for several years and we think it might as well be this year sometime. 

The first room is we need to work on is our master bath. Our house being nearly 15 years, old could use a few updates. We will paint and redo the shower surround with tile and have a frameless glass door installed.We haven't quite nailed down exactly what colors and materials yet, but I sure do love the little glass and stone rectangular mosaic tiles we found at Lowe's.

Here's what the bathroom looks like now, with a few years of wear and tear on it. That brass framed shower has got to go as it has seen better days. Besides new tile in the shower, we plan on replacing the faucets, showerhead and vanity light. The Master Bathroom will be our biggest expense. 

Our Master Bedroom needs new paint too. The dark brown paint is showing wear, scuff marks, chips, etc., and it's time for a fresh color. 

Quite a few diy Design Fanatic Facebook followers loved this color in my mock up. I think we will paint the Master Bedroom a light neutral greige and leave the color for the adjoining bathroom. 

Last week I  showed you how we replaced the broken blinds with these Roman Shades and inexpensive Vivan curtains from Ikea. Nothing else needs to be done in here since we just updated the paint a few years ago. 

We've also gave the laundry room a little update, as well. We've painted the room with Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams but still plan on painting the cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint. 

I thought it would be good to update our Guest Room since it's the first bedroom a buyer will see once upstairs. The paint still looks good, but we plan to lighten things up by changing out the furniture and add some Vivan curtains instead of the black ones. I figured that if we sell the existing furniture, which we found at an estate sale and Craigslist and use some existing furniture we have in other parts of the house, this makeover will bring in $400  when we sell the furniture! 
Sounds pretty good to me! (if you deduct what we paid for the furniture, curtains and supplies, the net amount might be closer to $0, but at least the sale of the items will cover the cost of the reno)

The last space we would like to paint is the basement Family Room and Bathroom. Basements can always benefit from lighter and brighter paint, even if it is a walk out basement with lots of windows. We may or may not get to this room.

Along with all the painting and redecorating, Mr. DIY is caulking all the windows. making repairs and replacing a few window sashes. The list is LONG! Of course, we won't be doing all of these projects ourselves and will be hiring others to help us out.

While we're doing all of this, we will be working on the kitchen reno at the Mountain Cottage, which we are starting this weekend. I'm pretty sure this reno is going to take many months, especially with all that needs to be done at our home.

I guess that's our project list for the year, until, of course, we find another house that needs some work! 



  1. Congrats on taking the leap to downsize! We did it last year and I'm so happy we did...there are lots of projects to complete here in our new "fixer upper" but having everything on one floor has been great - Can't wait to see what you do to the cottage!

  2. You & Mr DIY have quite a list, just in your current house. Not only do I think your home will sell quickly but you can probably get a higher price. It's move-in ready. Your home is so elegant anyway, I can just hear the 'oooh's' and 'ahhh's' when buyers walk in. :)

  3. I hope you can get some bites! I think your home looks pretty darn good. A buyer may have full intentions or repainting anyway so I don't know that I'd spend the energy to do it? I think the important thing is that it's all well kept and doesn't require immediate expenses to change things. I watch HGTV a lot and people are so fussy now you just don't know which will be the best direction to follow. Brass and gold have made a come back so perhaps the shower enclosure won't be viewed as poorly as you think. I know you two take good care of things so I'm imagining that you don't have much to do.

  4. So you are taking the plunge to a smaller place....Would love to do that too, but will take our time in deciding the direction we want to go in; however, still planning to stay in the area...Your hubby is such a great DIY'er and I am sure your updates will take no time and your home will sell quickly!


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