"This is a family-style home in a family-oriented neighborhood and that's likely going to be a big part of the market appeal," said Lori Matzke of Centerstagehome.com. "Most potential buyers are going to expect there to be enough space for the entire family to sit down together for a meal."
Here's what she did to make the transformation:
To maximize access to the spare room she removed two doors that separated this room from the kitchen and a hallway. "Eliminating the doors made the new dining space feel like a natural progression from the kitchen rather than a converted bedroom," Matzke said. Mismatched furnishings were completely cleared out by putting some in other rooms of the house and storing others in a far corner of the two-car garage. Books and accessories were packed and stored for the move.
The dated and worn knotty-pine paneling made the room feel dark and tired and it competed with the hardwood floors, which were a selling point. Matzke painted the paneling a medium shade of beige with a peachy undertone that enhances the color of the hardwood floors.
And she chose a satin finish instead of a flat finish to reflect the small amount of daylight that was able to make its way into the room through one small room.
To brighten the room even more, Matzke removed the blue valance over the window and replaced the vinyl mini-blinds with a soft fabric shade.
She furnished the space with a matching china cupboard and buffet that had been used separately in the living room and a spare bedroom. And to give buyers a perspective on the size and functionality of the room she bought a black wrought-iron and glass table set for $129.99 from a discount home store. Decorative mirrors, artwork and greenery were used as a finishing touch to draw the eye further into the space.
"Reinventing this room was a great overall solution," she said. "Not only will buyers be able to visualize a space to dine, but we were able to put the china cabinet and buffet to good use instead of having to find a place to store them."