I spoke in a previous post about making the interior of the home look really nice for when the appraiser comes. So I’ve been spending a lot of time here in my house preparing for that final stage when we complete the home. And one of the things I like to do is to create some Restoration Hardware hacks. I did one of those hacks in the other home and the buyer ended up telling me that the reason why she leaned towards buying my home was the shelf that I put at the end of the steps that was the Restoration Hardware hack. That one happen to pay off so I’m going to put six various different hacks… not necessarily restoration hardware but six different ones throughout the house. In my opinion, Restoration Hardware is nothing but a high-end store that severely overprices their items for people that have money they don’t know what to do with. If you look around at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and other stores, they have copied their decor and style so you can get the same thing at those places for a fraction of the cost. RH imports the majority of their items from China. Ill post a picture of a big world map which they sell for about $1800 and I did mine for about $25!!
For this house, I wanted to create the same kind of Restoration Hardware hack using the world map but cut into six separate sections as they sell one like that. So I bought these frames from Walmart for five dollars a piece , I sprayed them with an oil based Rustoleum white, and then I hit them lightly with the stain ….it’s kind of a lighter stain, then I wiped most of it off so it would give it sort of an antique feel. So below I’m going to post pictures. I still have two more to put together but I’m going to post some pictures so you can kind of get an idea of what I’m doing here, and these we will put on the long wall in the living room I believe.
In the third picture, you can see the difference from the white frame to the antique frame! The below decor is the original RH that I got my idea from!!
This is the RH hack world map I did for my home which cost me about 24.00 and the original one is about 1,800. Even if I had so much money I was swimming in it, I don’t think I’d be dumb enough to spend that much on a cheap map in a cheap frame!! I’d feel like a fool that didn’t know any better!! I put the RH original in here as well and I actually like mine better!
This is a barn clock…working….that I also will be putting in the home. My Amish neighbor tore down his old barn and sold me 10 ….10 foot boards for 2.00 each…he said it was the neighbor discount 😀 I’m using one piece in the new master bedroom we are putting in home to turn it to a 4 bedroom…which will appraise much higher!!! I’m also learning the 4 car garage will increase the value substantially so I’m pretty excited for an appraiser to see my masterpiece of art and style!! Using those two in the open closet concept and made an amazing barn shelf to hang above toilet in new bathroom. When I get a sec, I’ll post that up below and it was totally my idea!!