Friday, February 9, 2018

Redwood Street house staged

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I've clearly forgotten about my blog. I wanted to get the staged house pictures up for a while, and here they are!

I worked my butt off for months to get my Birmingham house ready to sell. I'm not the neatest person, and I have a furniture and home goods addiction, so there was a lot to do to get her in tip top condition. I couldn't have done it without the army of friends and fam that came to my rescue!

For the outside, the carport was cleared of the everything. There was a TON of wood in there for art projects. Pine straw was also laid in the beds, along with some weed pulling/general bed clearing. 

Of course she looked adorable from the cutest paint colors that were done a couple years before.

You walk straight into the den from the front door to see the glorious 16 pane window. The walls were painted a light gray, a little different from the very pale pistachio color that use to be on the walls (which I couldn't match to do touch ups, so I changed it). 

One of the show stoppers was the Coca Cola sign. A couple of the offers that came in included leaving it in the house. I would never, but it was nice to know it's loved.

I switched the lamp shades from the red painted chevron print (one of my first DIY projects) to these cloth ones with a slight gold shimmer from Target. I ended up wrapping a red ribbon around the bottom of the shade to bring in a bit more of the red without being too overpowering. 

I took the mid century dresser out that was the TV stand, and made this bench to make the room appear bigger. 

I left up a bunch of my artwork. They say to take out personalized pics, and there were only a few down here to put away.

 I took the blue dresser out of the dining room and built the table under the mirror to, yep, make the room look bigger.

I also switched out the IKEA maskros big white round light and replaced it with this one. It was a bit large and had a certain look everyone might not've been on board with.

With the dresser out, I was able to turn the table 90 degrees and put the ghost chairs against the window wall. 

I didn't have to do much in the kitchen besides giving it a good scrub down.

I also spray painted some letter magnets and wrote "Welcome Home Y'all" on the front after taking down all the other ones that cluttered up the fridge. 

 I moved the blue dresser from the dining room to the back right bedroom. Luckily I had extra bedding to makeup this bed, and my sister had an extra mattress to throw in here to stage. 

Roomie Carl paired down his room to a bare minimum to help with showings in the back left bedroom.

In an effort to make the wood room look like a den, I put the love seat in here along with a dresser from my room. I clearly have a dresser addiction.

Most won't agree, but I looooved the 1953 original green bathroom!

That hex tile on the floor gives me all the heart eyes. 

Upstairs, I put the yellow chair from the den in the place of the dresser that I moved down to the wood room.

Probably a view I haven't shown before, but the staircase door opens in front of the white dresser below. To the left is the master bedroom, and to the right was my "cloffice", aka closet and office. It was a MESS pretty much the entire time I lived here. I got her into great shape for showing though and wished she had been this clean the whole time.

When I bought the house, this was a nursery, and I never updated the lavender color. It's not my favorite, but I decided to save some $ and not paint it.

I hope you remember the glorious bathroom renovation. She looked good as new for showings!

This post was a year and a half in the making! I'm all settled in Santa Rosa Beach now, but I wanted to get this post out of my blue beauty before I started posting about my new digs. I think I'll cliff notes through 2016-2017 to hopefully get caught up.. (yeah right).

Monday, November 21, 2016

march 2016

The first weekend in March brings about the Mural City Art Walk in my hometown of Dothan, AL! Per usual, I made several new pieces for the show. 

This little hearts were a big hit. They're around 4x4" each.

One of my new favorites is the Hey Good Lookin' piece on an 18" circle. 

I really liked the Hello Darlin' boards as well.

I made a couple of different sizes. 

This 12" circle of Alright Alright Alright was another favorite!

along with the Sweet Home Alabama piece. 

I made a bunch of peanut string arts for the show in the peanut capital of the world! I love love love the little bitty ones.

Soon enough it was time for the show!

I ate lots of peanuts :)

Neanie came for the third year in a row! 

I love when she gets to come see me at shows! She took home this little peanut.

It was a nice day and there was a good turnout!

As the day wound down, I got a hold of some wine from another booth down the street :)

Deavours and Zach, two of the guys I graduated high school with, were at the show! They so nicely helped me break down my booth after it was all over.

After the show, I drove down to the beach to hangout with my man.

A wee bit cold to swim, but it was nice sitting in the sun.

We were on Grayton Beach, where you can drive onto the sand if you have a permit. Luckily we have friends that carried us down there since neither of us have a permit.

I got my first taste of the triple pork nachos at Chanticleer Eatery. I've had them multiple times since then. So so so good.

I had done a logo for some of Honky's friends who have a food truck in Destin, and they put it on the side of an airstream! SWOOOON! 

Mid March brought about the coming soon sign! EEE!

"Oh there you are, Peter!"

One of my favorite lines to quote haha!

Bink and I get silly on weekends sometimes, and she channeled her inner Possum.

Sweet Poss poss!

I built this table for house staging. Not the most sturdy thing, but it looked good enough for its purpose.

I rented a storage unit to put all my excess items in. I quickly filled it up. To the ceiling. 

I had a ton of crap that needed to be moved out during showings:

I soaked up roomie time before the eventual big move. Mollie ended up buying a house, so she moved out in March. :(

My realtor suggested I replace the light in the dining room, so I found this little gem for around $25 at Home Depot.

It reminded me of the light from the Brave Little Toaster lol.

I found this rug for a mere $100 at At Home in Irondale! It looked so good.

One the love seat was moved, I had a crisis thinking it looked too open in the den.

but it looked fine once the rug was rolled out.

I made a new gallery wall in my office for showings. 

I also laid pine straw myself in all the flowerbeds. And hauled it in my Tahoe. It was SO messy. I clogged three vacuums at the carwash sucking up all the pine needle remnants. 

It was worth it though!

Can you spy the glass of much needed champs? lol

The house was listed the next day on a Monday!

I kept finding little things to add to make it look nicer, like whipping up some artwork for one of the guest rooms.

Here's the table I built all staged. 

I had tons of showings that first week. I would usually go hang out at Binky's and play with Possum while I waited to go back home.

At the end of March was one of my bff's birthday, so I made this for her showing where all she's lived.

My other bff Katie and I drove to Atlanta for Caroline's birthday and to celebrate her engagement! It was a total surprise to her, but her boyfriend had called me to let me in on the secret. She had no idea it was coming, and didn't know we would all be there to celebrate afterwards.

Mimi and Caroline

Katie, Meems, and me


We've all been friends since kindergarten, hence the 5 we're all holding up.

I tried to soak up a bunch of Birmingham activities, because I didn't know when I would be leaving. I met up with Candace and friends at Saw's one afternoon.

Then we headed to Avondale for some outside sitting and brews.

Possy came to play too!

So silly.

I had too much champs and took a bunch of pics of the trees in Binky and Randy's backyard. What a weirdo.

I created this giant map for a client of the southern states. 

I loved the way it look even with just the nails!

I filled in the states where the client has lived. 

It was pretty big at 24x36". 

I also made this two state in March. I always love the way these turn out. 

My cousin Ashley got me to design an invitation for her party celebrating her finishing cosmetology school.

Love getting mail with both our names on it! 

I'll be posting the staged house pics in the next post! I love the way the house turned out.