Thursday, July 18, 2013

Confession of My Staging Sin

Do as I say, not as I do...

It started out like any other day.  I only planned to remove the heavy oriental rug from underneath the kitchen table.  We needed a lighter look for the Dog Days of summer.  I moved the table and chairs to the center of my small kitchen, wrestled the rug out and thought, 'look how much more space'.

StagerLinda took over and I began to rearranging.  No, I didn't grab a camera. I don't have the forethought of most bloggers.  I was in the zone and never stopped to take a breath.

This table and chairs used to be crammed next to the windows.  There was barely elbow room for 4 adults to dine.

Ahh...breathing space.  Now, I can straighten the table, add leaves, extra chairs and have a small dinner party!

See this China Hutch?  It was on a different wall.

You can kinda see in this picture from an old Christmas party, that the hutch was a perfect fit to this wall.  (Sorry Faye for the closed-eyes shot. Connie you look cute!) But, the hutch took up so much floor space that it made the table and chairs cramped under the windows.

I put this bench (from my staging loot) in place of the hutch. Yippee! I've always loved this bench.   It's a cozy place for folks to relax and chat with me while I cook. (Sorry I didn't position it perfectly  under the pictures.)
Here's my Staging Sin.
Now you see it....

Yep.  I placed the hutch IN FRONT OF A CLOSET.  Bad stager, bad, bad stager.  You nehva-ehva cover a closet if you are selling. (It's probably not a good idea under any circumstances. But it's my house so **raspberry** tongue noise.)  It is a tiny-under-the-stairs-sloped-ceiling closet. No big loss.
Now you don't see it....

Ahh...big ole baskets to the rescue. I gained 3 feet by moving the hutch.  Even cowboy (eventually) came around. 
I'm not a rooster person but used this for a staging and couldn't stand to put him away.
Happy Friday y'all!


  1. Those are the best days playing in our own houses! I like the changes and am ignoring the sin :)
    Did this get the "I need a hutch I don't really need" out of your system? Or did you make more room for it, haha.

    1. No Sherri, I passed on the hutch. It was too massive. The lady said her MIL wanted it if she didn't sell it. I still am looking around trying to figure out where I could put it! I have a small house as you can see.

  2. Congratulations can relax and live in your house! You don't have to put your home on the market....hide unused closets, (what you did was so, so clever!)put out some personal stuff, Etc..
    I find myself, being a Realtor, always thinking the same thing. It's a relief to just "Let Go" and live in my home!!! I'm trying.........

    1. The funny thing was I could hear my husband's voice in my head saying,'it won't work, where are you going to put the stuff in the closet, why did you put that bench there, etc.' Luckily, I had plenty of time to get it all done before he got home. I was kind of amazed that the space had been there for 16 years and I never noticed it as useable space. Thanks Patty.

  3. What's in that closet? I hope it's nothing you use on a regular basis. Hopefully it's just full of seasonal things you only get out once a year.

    Love the airiness that moving the table created for you. Do you feel better about the space? I think so. So hiding a closet isn't a big deal. Now your skeletons can hide knowing they won't be disturbed - lol.

  4. HA!HA!HA! The closet is now empty. It did have a tool box, carpet cleaner and some miscellaneous items. I had to find a new home for them. That China Hutch is HEAVY. I unloaded everything in it, washed everything, moved the cabinet and put it all back in before Cowboy came home. It's too big a deal to do even every 6 months!

  5. I actually think that it's a great thing that StagerLinda came out! Applying your staging skills allowed you to breathe new life into the room and actually made you fall in love with it all over again.