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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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?