Decorating ideas for updating a house to get it ready to sell. Affordable fixes and decor to help stage the house for the real estate market.
For the last few weeks, most of my efforts have been focused on projects to get my house ready to sell.
My house is a center-hall colonial and the buyers are most likely going to be a young family. The more I can make the house feel fresh and modern, the better, or as my realtor says…make it look like Pottery Barn to entice young buyers. I plan to write a post on all my prepping/staging the house once I get everything on my list completed.
You may remember the flea market foyer chandelier I got creative with a few years ago. It was a pretty “crafty” project, to save money, but the fixture itself is not the right fixture for a 2 story foyer or in scale with the space.
I needed to replace it with something affordable, and neutral. I went in search for something that had these qualities, but could not find anything.
After a lot of searching, I finally came up with a way to add a new foyer chandelier without breaking the budget.
I found this NYMO shade at IKEA…a.k.a. ...the Swedish boutique. :-) Time for an IKEA lighting hack! The shade comes in a flat box with the shade rolled up and a top and bottom ring. As with all merchandise from IKEA, you need to assemble it, but it was very easy, no tools required.
If you know anything about IKEA lighting, the plugs and connections are a bit funky. The hanging cords that can be paired with this shade were either too short or had a rocker switch, which would not work for a light that is powered by a wall switch. So I searched some more until I found the answer.
I ended up using a mini pendant fitter that I found at Lowes to hold the shade. Normally these are paired with your choice of glass pendant globes that are sold separately. They come in all shapes and sizes. I chose a pendant fitter that had a cord that was very long, 122 inches for the two story drop.
The cord is black, which I didn’t want, so I kept the previous light’s ruched cord cover I made like this one to hide it. The foyer is white, beige, and taupe so I don’t mind seeing white and off-white together.
Once the pendant was hung from the ceiling, the shade was simply put in place and the pendant fitter screws on to hold it in secure. EZ!
Since you can see the bulb, I chose to use a decorative round bulb in the socket. It is the kind made for the old style bathroom exposed bulb light strip fixtures.
Total Cost: $54.98 for an updated foyer light. I like it a lot and hope to use the same two items in my new house, although, I may need one of the smaller sized NYMO shades.
Now I am back to a few more painting touch-ups around the house and then I think we are ready to put the “For Sale” sign up.
I know many of you have asked for a detailed account of what I am doing to prep the house for sale. I will have that post for you next week.