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Old Things Becoming New

I  LOVE to take old things and make them new again. I don’t have much time to do so but this one I just couldn’t pass up.

I ran into my local Goodwill store to buy some coffee table books for an upcoming vacant home staging job and on my way back to the book section look what I found!

Old Dirty Chair

A classic chair. In great shape and very sturdy. Sticker price…….$2.99! 

I grabbed that chair so fast I created a breeze.

A couple days later I got going on my project. I took out the 4 screws  holding the seat on,

Seat Cushion Off

then I primed the wood with Kilz Block Out Primer (because I refuse to sand anything). I hate to sand!  Then, I took some leftover paint I had from painting an Antique Hutch (Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams) and within a short period of time the hardest part was done.

Bolts of FabricWell, not the hardest. The most difficult task was limiting the fabric to recover the chair seat. I LOVE fabric. Love it. So of course when I ran into JoAnn Fabrics I could not make up my mind on a fabric. Too many choices, so many great looks. It took me longer to pick out the fabric then to prime and paint the chair! LOL

But I finally narrowed it down to two and bought both. I am going to switch them out for different looks when I get tired of one.

A few staples to secure the new fabric right over the old, put the 4 screws back in to hold the seat down and

Drum Roll Please……

My new chair!! How cute is that!


Repurposed Chair


The chair $2.99. The fabric $6.79. The chair “PRICELESS”.

It’s first use, a chair for a child’s “craft and study nook” at a luxury new construction home I staged. This chair can be used so many places.


Child's Study Nook


So don’t overlook those past treasures. Make them new again! 






Inexpensive and FRESH Centerpieces Ideas for the Holidays

It is a busy time of the year with a lot of entertaining going on and everyone wants their table to look nice. But the time to pull it together is tight and purchasing a centerpiece can be expensive.

Here are a few tips and ideas that are inexpensive and fresh. And when I say fresh I mean FRESH! These can be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas or both!

I love decorating a table with edible items. Nature is full of color and you can eat the items in the centerpiece when you are done.

One easy item is Cranberries.


I just paid $4.00 for two bags of cranberries so they are extremely inexpensive and there are a ton of ways to use them.

Let these pictures be inspiration for you this holiday season.

Cranberries in hollow Candle Holders:

Cranberries inside Candleholders

Cranberries in a simple white tray with teas lights:

Cranberries in Tray

Let’s add in another food item with lots of texture…..mixed nuts! 

Cranberries and Nuts in Silver Tray

And this is one of my favorites that I came up with. Set this on your table for a wonderful centerpiece during your meal but dig in afterwards! 

Cranberries Nuts and Oranges

Place the nut cracker right there as part of the centerpiece. Rather than a heavy dessert, encourage your guests to linger after dinner cracking and munching on nuts, eating fresh tangerines or whatever you add. 

If you need a quick touch of whimsy elsewhere in your home add cranberries to any bowl, vase or candle holder.

Cranberries in Hurricane

And if you will have a beverage or refreshment station when entertaining, make a centerpiece that again will be useful. Take out a lime to add a squirt to a beverage or an orange for the rim of a glass.

Beverage Centerpiece

So  look in your pantry and refrigerator to see what you have! Let your creative juices flow……think outside the box.

And please, share your ideas here or post pictures. We can inspire each other!

And most importantly…..may you all have a very peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. 

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.

CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer



Top 20 Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Part 3 of 4

Top 20 Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Part 3 of 4

Home Staging and Redesign of Minneapolis, MN

In my last two posts I listed 10 of the Top 20 Home Improvements so let’s look at five more.

#10   Basement Remodel – Basements do not have to feel like basements. No one enjoys being in a dark dungeon or a 1970’s paneled room with orange shag carpet. Make it a room your family will love to be in.





# 9    Add a Deck – You don’t want your deck to be more than one-third of the square footage of your house. Bigger is not better in this case. You normally get only a 76% return on this investment so you must plan on living in your home awhile to consider this improvement.


Outdoor Deck


# 8    Major Bathroom Remodel – This means all things torn out, walls knocked down and pushed back. Basically starting from scratch. If your bathroom is outdated and cramped, especially if it is the master bath, time to get going.




# 7    Paint! Paint! Paint! – This is the easiest and usually most inexpensive way to change the appearance of your home. If you cannot afford anything else but want a new look, paint. If you are selling and need to freshen up the house, paint. Color choice is important, especially if selling. And no, neutral does NOT mean white!


Paint Roller


# 6    Renovate the attic (or the space above the garage) – This is square footage that many times gets forgotten and can become very valuable square footage. A great space for the family, a bonus room, an exercise room you have always wanted, a place for the teenager and their friends to hang out…….

Don’t leave this….

Unfinished Bonus Room


 When you can bring a lot of extra value with this!

Bonus Room


If you missed any of the first posts in this series please check them out. 






Stay tuned to my next post for the Top 5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home!