We've gone through close to 20 gallons of paint, torn up old carpet, and filled a Dumpster with junk. There is still lots to do, including getting rid of several large pieces of furniture that no one seems to want.
But this weekend, I got a chance to start doing some of the staging needed so that the house looks good when it goes up for sale.
First, I found an old wooden bookcase out on the porch. It had some mid-century-modern looking legs on it that were wobbly and not too attractive, so we unscrewed them and moved the bookcase into the den. My former father-in-law was an avid reader, and there was a barrel full of his old books on the porch as well. I sorted through, looking for nice hardbacks and passing up dog-eared paperbacks and spiral-bound community-organization cookbooks.
Then I "shopped" through the house for some things to make the setup look more interesting. I found a vintage slide viewer, a 1950s wind-up alarm clock from Westclox, some blue mason jars, an old Coke bottle, a green carafe, and a well-used dart board. Here it is, all arranged in the freshly painted den with its newly exposed hardwood floors:
We also made up the beds in the two bedrooms, using bedding that I already had. In the master, we're using my Pottery Barn white quilted bedspread and shams with some plaid L. L. Bean pillowcases, a blue plaid quilt, a plaid bedskirt, and a striped afghan that my former mother-in-law crocheted. I also brought the round braided rug--it went into our surplus plus pile when we found all-wool L. L. Bean braided rugs at Goodwill a few months ago:
Alex is keeping the desk once the house is sold, so we moved that in, and next time I come, I'll bring a wooden stool from our house to put with the it. We topped the desk with a Charlie Brown corkboard that we found in the basement. We also found the Oriental rug runner in the basement. In between the beds, I put an old accordian in a battered suitcase and a knitting basket, both found in closets in the house.
It's amazing what you can find if you just look through what you already have.