Dressing a couple of ex-rental apartments for sale

This is one for you landlords – how to get the best from your property in just a few hours, with no painting allowed and on a tight budget.

Part of last week’s job load was to work on two ex-rental flats which are now to be put up for sale. Long gone are the days when buyers were fighting over anything which came on the market and when there were unlimited budgets for dressing flats to be sold. Luckily I’ve a room full of boxes of interior trickery, plus every shade of towels and candles known to man, so dressing up is both fun and inexpensive. And landlords love it when it doesn’t cost too much to transform their flats….

Definitely lacking a little something...
Definitely lacking a little something...

These two flats were in good condition, the landlord had fixed any necessaries and painted everywhere white, so it really was just a case of helping them to look lived in. The blank wall between the kitchen and living area was, well, blank and it would have been an easy option to hang a picture just to fill the space. This wouldn’t have added anything practical however, and as the more storage that can be fitted into apartments the better, a new oak veneer shelving unit did the trick marvellously. Added to that were some Ikea Asker kitchen shelving bits & bobs, a few more dressing items like colourful towels, cookbooks and olive oils, and it looked a much happier space.

Makes for a bit more lively looking cooking!
Makes for a bit more lively looking cooking!

The bedrooms were also given some new shelving, duvets and a facelift, no time for painting or wallpapers or other such fanciness!

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Forgot to take one before we made the bed, doh!!
Keppel bed 1
Very cost effective update, two Ikea shelves, a £9 light shade and some dressing bits already there

I attempted to use what the landlord had left over from dressing their other flats. Not a good look.
First attempt, using some dressings left over from other flats, mmmm orange and blue, nope!
The green / monochrome theme worked far better :-)
The vibrant green & monochrome theme was much funkier
Before shot of living room
Before shot of living room
Can't get more cost effective than a couple of style mags casually open on a coffee table - make sure you get Living Etc NOT Woman's Weekly
Can't get more cost effective than a couple of style mags casually open on a coffee table - make sure you get Living Etc NOT Woman's Weekly

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