St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


A small change - less than $25 - and a new look!

Sometimes I could really kick myself for forgetting before photos.  The cabinets in the below photos started out stained a very dark brown.  My assistant, Sue, painted them for my client, added new hardware and did some light staging.  We still knew that this mirror was a huge problem, but with the weekend coming, we left for the day and I took some photos for the agent to use until we could fix the problem on Monday......


The mirror, which had lost much of it's silver was a huge eyesore.  Adding some molding around the edge, paint and caulk and this space was transformed.  To me, the mirror actually made the room feel 'gross'.  This was a simple and cost effective fix. 

*(note:  it was also recommended that the carpet be replaced in this $94,000 townhome, but the owners had a very limited budget and they did not change it out.)


Now if only I had taken the before before so you could have seen the difference paint made on the cabinets!!





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Comment balloon 7 commentsMelissa Marro • December 29 2008 04:06PM


It looks really nice! Good Job!

Posted by James Engel, KW Beverly Hills (Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills) over 10 years ago

Nice touch - good job.

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) over 10 years ago

Melissa ~ The molding looks great and really revitalized that mirror!  Great idea for little money!

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 10 years ago

Amazing the magic and wisdom of stagers!!  Looks awesome!  

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Hi Melissa, simple and effective done on a limited budget. I can see the smiles of satisfaction on the homesowner's and the Realtor's faces all the way from here in Canada. :)

I can imagine they are telling everyone they meet about your magical abilities. You do know how to create a buzz.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

I love this trick on older homes, and ones around here get ruined by our humidity.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 10 years ago

I just did a similar makeover in my own bathroom, ie painting the dark cabinet, framing the mirror and changing the light fixture, painting the walls ... and what a HUGE difference it made.  I too should have remembered to take some "before" shots !

Posted by Sandi Gerrard, It's all about colour over 10 years ago

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