|DIY home staging means you may have to|
beg or borrow loaner furniture and props.
But waiting to close on a home you’re buying can be fun, like those last few weeks of a pregnancy, when everything is ready and all you have to do is waddle around and enjoy the wait.
We have another week until closing. Every chance I get I hit the second hand stores, hunting for bargains that will help create that casual, comfortable look I’m after.
Since staging is more hobby than occupation for me, I don’t have a storage facility stuffed with furniture and props, so I’ll do what I’ve always done -- cannibalize my own home. I don’t want to buy upholstered pieces, drapes, beds, or anything else that could crank up my expenses.
I won’t terribly miss a few end tables and chairs. I just won’t be able to have anyone over until the property sells and I can reclaim my furniture!
The way I see it I will be loaning the condo:
- The green love seat from our bedroom to go in the living room
- A bamboo chair from our bedroom to go in the living room, with new cushions
- The teak chair with the animal print seat from Mr. Lucky’s office to go in the TV room
- A wicker table from our living room to go in the master bedroom
- A bamboo table from our bedroom to go in the living room
- A table from our hall bathroom to go in the TV room
- The walnut credenza with chrome legs from Mr. Lucky’s office to go in the TV room
- My foyer’s large mirror, which I will miss!
- A side table from my sewing room, “Studio B,” to go in the TV room
At a garage sale last weekend I scored a wrought iron floor lamp for $2, a chrome floor lamp for $3, and a fabulous silk orchid for an unbelievable $2.50. At these prices, I didn’t even bargain with the seller!
I’m also gathering whatever faux greenery I have in my house that I’m not presently using. A weekly circular comes out that features at 50% discount coupon for the local décor store, good for one day only, on one item only, so I have to plan my purchases. I came home with a bunch of white peonies today, for just $2.95.
I am keeping a careful record of all my staging purchases. I want Mr. Lucky to know just how lucky he is to have such a frugal partner. Also, personally, not keeping a tally of costs would diminish the fun of DIY staging, like playing tennis without a net. It might be fun to hit the ball back and forth, but what’s the score?
My one dilemma is a couch for the TV room. It’s a must, and will be the first thing buyers see when they enter the unit, so it has to set the tone. I have my eye on a click-it style leather couch that I could use at home afterward. It makes into a double bed, but looks handsome as a couch. I found one new at a furniture store for around $200. It would be the highest ticket staging item I’d buy. But, we’d own it and use it for years and years.
Studio B, is beginning to look a little warehousey. I’m setting the stage for staging.