19 Jul 2013

Printables For The Win

You guys! Life is insane these days.  I am not sure if I'd ever recommend selling two houses (our rental and our own) and trying to buy a house all in the same month.  I actually feel like I am losing brain cells on a daily basis.  Keys? Sunglasses? Cell phone? These days I don't ever seem to know where they are. I used to know ALL. THE. TIME. where my things were! I am losing it.  But, at least I know that it will all be over soon, and someday I am sure I will sit back and laugh at how nuts we were.   

I have to admit...I am not sure what I am going to blog about for the next little while.  I usually have a plan, but all of my plans have gone out the window.  I don't have time for projects these days....and clearly I'd be a little nutty to put MORE holes in the walls at this point in time.  So, please bear with me as we work our way through this time of transition.  It might be a little quiet around here...but just wait until we get a new house....then you are going to tell me to shut the heck up!

Ok, let's get to the point of this post.  

Our Realtor didn't think we needed to do much to stage our house before we listed it.  I was really thankful for that, as I wasn't really up for moving a bunch of furniture around or renting a storage locker to make our house look sparse.

One thing we did need to do though was remove all of our family photos.  I didn't realize how much I love our photos and how many times a day I look at them until I took them all down.  Sort of made me sad! 

Most of our photos were in free standing frames, but I did have a few on our gallery wall and a couple more in our bedroom.

gallery wall with printables

Instead of paying to print more photos at the photo lab, I decided to fill all of the newly empty frames with free printables that I printed on my home printer on plain ol' white paper.  I have a Pinterest board dedicated to printables, but hadn't used many of them in frames in the past.  It was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to try and find prints that I liked and that also fit in the frames I already had.

The "I can & I will" worked great in the black frame.  Although it's only made to look like chalkboard, I think this affirms that I am a chalkboard addict.

gallery wall with printables

The "Be Kind" print is actually available in a bunch of different colours.  I thought the teal and pink brightened up the stairway space.  (Just ignore the mat that has yellowed like crazy beside the window!)

gallery wall with printables

The frame that holds 3 vertical 5" x 7" prints was a little bit trickier to work with.  

The feather is from My Daily Randomness, which is a blog that I actually read quite often, and the "Hello Sunshine" is just so darn cute.   Then I got stuck.  I couldn't find another vertical image that was working for me and kept a consistent style.  Once I removed the back of the frame I realized that I had left the stock images that came with the frame behind our family photos.  I picked the one I liked the best and slapped it in there.  Surprisingly, it actually sort of matches!

gallery wall with printables

And here's how the gallery wall looks now.  I am a little sad that I don't get to Fin's beautiful newborn pics any more (was she really ever that small???), but I am already planning in my head how I am going to display them in a new house. I've been wanting to paint all of these frames white for about a year, so you know for sure that they will experience a colour change before they get up on any new walls. 

gallery wall with printables

In the bedroom I changed out the pics for 2 free botanical prints.  I really love these botanical prints. I think they'd look great with a bunch of them lined up in skinny gold frames. Maybe in the new house....

So there you have it! The changes that I made before listing our house, which took about an hour from start to finish.   

Tell me, how do you feel about house staging for the purposes of selling?  Would you judge people by their pictures if they were up and you were looking at a house?  Any favourite sources of free printables? 

11 comments:

  1. Great free printables, looks awesome!
    I'm all for taking the photos down. A) I don't want every stranger to see my private moments and B) If I'd be buying a house then I don't want to picture the people in the house that I want to buy.

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  2. Brilliant!!!! I know of what you speak, selling and buying at the same time, would highly NEVER recommend it! Oh boy!

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  3. Whew, you have a been a busy lady! It seems like everything is going well for you though so I am happy about that! =] I think staging a home is a good idea because it helps people get an idea for how big rooms really are - especially things like bedrooms. When we were house hunting it was nice to see how a twin size bed fit in that room compared to a queen size bed in the other room, etc. I don't think having family photos up at all is a bad thing! I'm sure some people would WANT to take them down to save their privacy but I wouldn't think ill of a house just because they had family photos up! That's a weird concept.

    Runt
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    1. I have to be honest, if I had more energy I probably would have put a bit more effort into staging. The thought of actually moving furniture around made me tired just sitting and thinking about it. Glad you are able to look past the family photos...apparently a lot of people are. You should see the houses that we are looking at....I pretty much have to put blinders on!!!

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  4. After not being able to get a house with a VA Loan we are getting our house ready to sell now. Then we are going to go have to find one to buy. As you know, trying to get a house looking like no one lives there when you have kids is really difficult. We have to paint so we aren't going to put back the family photos. I am not looking forward to the furniture moving and the storage unit.

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    1. Yes, trying to keep a house neat and clean and toy-less is almost impossible. Just do the best you can do. It will never be perfect, but hopefully it will be good enough. Good luck with your sale! I hope you are able to find a really nice new-to-you home!

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  5. Well, when it comes to staging, I think that for me - personally - I don't need it to see the bones of a house. But I love real estate, and I love me a project. Some people don't have vision. (And some homes don't need staging because they're already totally awesome!)

    I agree that family photos can sometimes make it hard for people to imagine themselves in that home. I think that you were incredibly clever to switch the photos out with printables. I might have been compelled to go to Home Sense and spend money that I didn't need to spend.

    I love The Graphics Fairy for her free printable graphics. You can make them into LOTS of things.

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  6. I think I'm excited to read your blog while you think you have nothing to share. The selling, buying, moving, settling process will be so much fun to share. I'm guessing that no one who follows you will want to miss a single installment. Here is a poem you might enjoy called Laughter In the Walls by Bob Benson. You'll like it. http://www.cathye.com/dadlaughterinthewalls.htm. I look forward to each now blog post. Blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! Those are such kind words. I love the poem that you shared - it's so true. Sometimes when you are so embedded in the middle of something (like we are with selling/buying) it's hard to believe that anyone else would find it interesting.

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  7. And why would you have to stage your house...it is so great! I agree with pulling down the family pictures. You want people picturing themselves in the space and if they keep seeing all the family pics up it will maybe be harder to picture themselves there because the owners are right there all over the walls, right? I have always joked that I will be miserable if we should ever decide to sell our house. Two boys ages 3 & 5...I have no idea how I would keep it clean!?! Cannot wait to see what where you all end up and all the projects that will happen in the new space! ;)

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