Home Decorating DIY to Get Ready to Sell

As many times as I’ve used this platform to promote the benefits of de-personalizing your home décor when you’re getting ready to sell, it seems only fair to offer some suggestions for replacing all of your family photos, diplomas, soccer trophies, pet portraits, and band posters. Here are a few ideas on how to come up with some new, impersonal, color theme relevant items for your walls.

Check out the “paint and sip” in your area. There are facilities where you can go with no materials or experience and come out at the end of the session with a custom piece of art. For a reasonable fee, you get a canvass and all of the materials necessary to complete a work of art, while enjoying wine, beer or soft drinks. You’re given an apron to wear to protect your clothes, paint, and paint brushes to use as well as water to rinse out your brushes as you change colors to create the work you chose. There is a skilled instructor who walks you through your paining step by step. Everyone in the class is making the same painting, and it is really fun to see how different people interpret the instructions given by the guide. Most of these companies publish their upcoming projects online, so you can choose something appropriate for your staging purposes. As you look at the catalog of paintings offered in each upcoming class, try to picture your staging color scheme. Remember, you want to stick to no more than three colors in each room and decide on either cool or warm colors to bring out the best features in the things that will stay with the house – cabinets, counters, and flooring. Of course the art can have more colors, but should be predominantly focused on your main palette.

Here’s a big tip – if you want to change the colors of the piece the art studio is doing – ask the instructor to help you. You might want a cool blue background with pink and purple flowers rather than the yellow background with red and orange flowers in the featured painting. Just ask! The techniques for making the painting will be the same as everyone else in the class is using, you’ll just be working with different colors than everyone else.

Unless of course you bring a few family members or friends to paint with you, and all of them ask for help to change the color palette. Then you can take home multiple versions of the same painting by different artists to use to stage your house a la Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans, or just hang the paintings in different rooms.  Although you may not need 32 canvasses, like Mr. Warhol created in his iconic work of art, you’ll have happy memories of making your own art which you can take with you to your next home, or leave behind for your buyers.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with Realty One Group. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or leslie@leslieeskildsen.com.