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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/17/2019

Your living room is an essential space in your home. It is where your friends and family spend more time having fun and enjoying entertainment. When you have guests, they probably spend the whole of their time with you in your living room. All these factors point out the necessity for having a pleasant living room with the required details to make it stand out.

Furniture is one crucial component of the living room because it aids the relaxation of those in it and adds to the beauty and luxury of the space. Whether you are confused about the right type of furniture for your living room or you want to get ideas on selecting plush furniture, this post is for you. Here are some of the best ways of finding the perfect furniture for your living room:

  • Measure the space: Before thinking of getting any furniture, you should measure your living room first to know how long and how wide it spans. You wouldn't want to have oversized sofas obstructing movement and making the sitting area seem very compact.
  • Draw a floor plan: After knowing the dimensions of the space, the next step is to create a scaled, accurate visual representation of what you want the living room to look like on paper. Creating a plan helps you place furniture and other accessories in the right places. When creating a floor plan, ensure you leave good space between furniture, so you don't have to squeeze to get between them.
  • Know your purpose: Determining the essential uses your living room will affect the positioning of the furniture and other accessories and which materials work best. If you are hanging out often with your family, opt for stain-resistant furniture, so the kids don't make a significant mess. Also, take note of the structure of your room. Inbuilt structures attract certain pieces of furniture. For example, a room with a great view of the city's skyline may require more modern/sparse furniture to keep the window unobstructed.
  • Make the floor plan a reality: In this step, mark out on the floor with chalk those spots you initially drew on paper. It will help in ensuring you stick to a specific size to better accommodate your living room. Also, check how wide your doorway is. It would be devastating to buy furniture and have it delivered only to discover that you can't move it into your home.
  • Go for quality pieces: The consequences of purchasing furniture made with inferior materials are pretty much abundant. When you need to get a furniture set, choose sturdy pieces with hardwood frames. They last longer and are the best value for your money.

Before investing in furniture to stage your home for a sale, talk to your realtor about other less expensive staging options.





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 1/11/2019

So, the new home has the perfect yard, layout, number of bathrooms, even the right roofline, but you hate the bathroom or kitchen cabinets. Don't give up just yet. You have some options to update your cabinets without completely tearing apart and replacing the kitchen, and you can even skip sanding them down. Welcome to the miracle of "Chalk Paint." 

What is “Chalk Paint”?

The original and only paint really called “chalk paint” was created and trademarked by Annie Sloane. Its widely recognized as a top choice by furniture and cabinet professionals. This original pain allows you to get that “shabby chic” look on furniture and cabinets without refinishing them first. Its major downside is the price. To get the name brand “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint” (ASCP), you will be out nearly forty dollars a quart.

This paint is actually a mixture of paint with other chalky substances like powdered gypsum (plaster of Paris) and allows you to refinish a cabinet without sanding or priming it first. After painting, your cabinets or furniture will have a chalky finish until you complete the process by finishing applying a high-grade wax that leaves the cabinets with a softly glowing finish.

Does it Work? 

The developers of the process absolutely swear by it, and they've drawn a large group of devotees. You can find a useful variety of tutorials online including everything from heavily weathered to mildly distressed or even completely smooth. You aren't just stuck with the original brand though. The popularity of the process has given rise to several other name brand options including CeCe Caldwell’s non-toxic natural mineral pigments. A big plus for CeCe’s paints is their eco-friendly ingredients that are especially safe for pets and children.

How About an Affordable Alternative?

Wary of the paint cost? You have multiple options there as well. You can make any latex paint a chalk-style paint by using Webster's chalky paint powder. They offer a wide range of tutorials and instructions to create different accents and layering effects. This combo paint can even work for painting on metal! If you want the ease of a single product, check out your local home improvement or paint store for some less expensive options. Professionals have experienced a wide range of results with these paints, so do your research and test on a single cabinet or door before you do the whole kitchen.

If you're worried about the kitchen in the home of your dreams or worried about your kitchen bringing down the cost of your home, talk to your real estate agent about the best kitchen options for your home.




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