Lo and behold, in the stack was a can of “Emerald Lake” paint that was JUST what I was looking for!Seriously, I opened that can of paint and gasped out loud – it was like I opened the can and heard angels singing a chorus of Hallelujah! Unfortunately, that can of paint was a high gloss exterior paint, so I took the formula down to Home Depot and had them color match it in an interior satin.It didn’t take long at all for me to realize that it wasn’t the one for me.It was too hard and too narrow and not good at all for movie nights with the kids or snuggling in with a book.Even though the pillows don’t exactly “match” the sofa, they work nicely in combination and downplay the burgundy bits in the sofa.By replacing the large burgundy rug with a smaller one from the dining room, and by replacing the burgundy wingback with a more neutral chair from the master bedroom, we essentially removed that accent color from the space so that we could create a more updated neutral scheme in the room.Last week I had the honor of training a group of incredible women who are now certified Expert Psychological Stagers™. Sure, it’d be great if we could replace the sofa, but sometimes it’s just not gonna happen.They came from as far away as Arizona and Minnesota to spend three very intense days in Nashville learning the ropes of home staging, culminating in a hands-on staging of a home about to go on the market. So here’s a great example from Saturday’s real estate staging of how you can put a fresh face on a dated sofa.
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We’re re-doing our entry room (hence the concrete floors and ripped off baseboards in the photos below! I was intrigued by the idea of using chalk paint to give my loveseat a makeover, but I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money buying expensive supplies that I didn’t already have on hand, so I came up with another plan.
I started with this cream colored loveseat from Ikea.
Note we didn’t just drape it over the arm of the sofa (like you often see).
Instead we used it to cover and lighten the upholstery, while eliminating the “crack” between the sofa cushions.