The Staged House | Spend Summary & Sale Details

If you’d like to catch up on things before reading this summary, you can find all of my past posts about The Staged House HERE.


Thank you all so much for following along with The Staged House room reveals.

Given this was a project I never intended to share here, I’ve once again been blown away by your gracious support, and too kind words. You guys are just the best!

I know there are still a few spaces from the house which I haven’t posted about – such as the kitchen, laundry, bathroom and ensuite, along with the third bedroom and exterior – however these received quite basic “make-do” refreshes and, in my signature style, I failed to take before pics of most of them! Oops!

Still, I do have a few after photos from the third bedroom and exterior, so will include them in this post.

Anyhoo, here’s how the house looked to begin with…

And here it is following the staging process…

Living Room After


Living Room After


Dining Room

Dining Table

Cedar Antique Dresser

Cedar Dresser

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

Bedroom Makeover

Bedroom Reveal After

Bedroom Makeover

Wall Art

Bedroom After

Exterior Makeover

As always, it was a more laborious undertaking than anticipated. And in my usual way I felt a bit lost and out of my depth until things were complete. But I honestly couldn’t be happier with the way things came together in the end.

Here’s the budget break-down…


Includes: Furniture, Decor, Rugs, Bedding, Fittings (light fixtures, tap buttons, robe hooks, etc), General (cleaning supplies, paint, light bulbs, etc.).


Includes: Furniture, Decor, Plants, Mulch & Toppings, Skip (Dumpster) Hire, General (weed killer, pesticides, paint, etc.).


TOTAL SPEND | $3,626


This is the revenue made from selling my mother-in-law’s existing pieces which we didn’t require for staging purposes. I have deducted this amount from the total spend as shown in the adjusted total below.




Of course, the use of any of my own pieces, or those which have been borrowed, aren’t included in these costs, because, well, they were free.


Although we spent more overall on the interior, the exterior actually accounted for the biggest individual item costs. These were for the skip (dumpster) hire which was around $800, and the mulch and toppings at about $550. The only individual item costs for the interior in excess of $200 were for the large rugs. The living room one being $350, and the dining room one being $220.

And remember, we get to retain all of the un-fixed pieces, such as the furniture and decor, to either on-sell (potentially for a profit!) or keep for ourselves as needed. So, although their costs have been allocated to the spend, unlike with hiring items, that money isn’t “dead”.

In fact, I worked out that I could easily on-sell any un-needed items for over $1,000, so you could technically deduct that from the total spend which would likely bring it below $1,000 overall. Not bad!

I touched on the property sale details in one of my past posts, but for those who missed it…

The price guide was $690K – $740K.

Our first open for inspection garnered a record agency attendance which was super flattering and very exciting, especially given the property is located in an outer-metro area. There were around 120 groups through the door and multiple interested parties.

We received twelve separate offers within the first week and the house was under contract in just eight days! Less than two weeks after hitting the market it was officially sold for $831,000 – just shy of 100K above the top price in our listing range!

Again, thanks so, so much to everyone who has followed along.




Catch up on all the previous posts about ‘The Staged House’ HERE.


Bedroom Reveal After



  1. Julie says:

    Wow! Awesome work once again Kristine, I just love your style and obviously, so do many other people, It’s very inspiring to see what can be done with a good eye and minimum spend as many of us are, or will be, in this position with older relatives.

  2. Elena says:

    Well done on the house. Your staging uplifts the whole mood of the house. You just want to move in your-self. Great post. THank you. Always an inspiration.

  3. Sara says:

    Just LOVE everything you touch, Kristine!

  4. Julie says:

    Kristine; your work is always amazing and incredible however that third bedroom and the bird cage display literally took my breath away. If you were here you would have heard me gasp; not just once but twice. I want to copy every detail. The sale of your lovely mother in law’s house would have been bittersweet but what a wonderful way for you to honour her memory and your hubby’s family must be so thankful. Was that Riley that I spied under a table?

    • Thanks Julie. Ha, ha, yes, that’s Riley, and you can also just make out his sister’s legs too!

  5. Shannyn says:

    Amazing result and very deserving for all your hard work and for your family. I’ve loved following these posts! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Diana says:

    Once again you have worked a miracle. You are such an inspiration and those bird cages – wow. Great effort and a fantastic sales result.

    • Thanks Diana. Yes, I just wanted something to create a bit of impact but I didn’t have a pendant to use so figured some lanterns and birdcages would do the job :)

  7. Elayne Crain says:

    What a gorgeous job you did during what must have been a pretty stressful time. Lovely and refreshed and ready so the next family can enjoy their time in the house as much as your husband’s mother must have. Kudos.

  8. What a great result. It just shows you don’t need to spend squillions to get a great look. Well done you! I love to renovate and I love to renovate on a shoestring. Have followed you since the early days.

  9. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous results! Love how you pulled in the colours of the wood with pillows.
    A job well done I say. ❤️

  10. Anna, Sydney says:

    What a sensational result! I don’t doubt for a second it was due to your staging. Everything looks great but also “real” if that makes sense. A loving tribute to your MIL. You did so good. x

  11. Sheryl Jump says:

    I love the south pacific look of the sitting area. I generally love the light and airy way you decorate. Simple and classic. I am curious the rooms look so much brighter was that just repainting and lighter furniture? I love that you left much of the wood and did not paint it and demonstrated that a room can be light an airy with wood tones. The white really brightens it up and the wood keeps it warm, fantastic updo. I am happy for the revenue you were able to generate for the house it really demonstrates that staging helps with selling a home. You are very talented, many spending thousands to stage a home.

    • Thanks Sheryl.
      I think a few factors influenced the change in brightness. Mainly because we took down the bulky curtains my mother-in-law had on every window and added lighter furniture, though also because most of the before pics were taken in Winter/Spring, then the after pics were taken in Summer. Plus my before pics were just quick snaps using my phone, but I did take proper after photos with my real camera. We didn’t change the paint colour at all. I only did some spot patching as needed.

  12. Olivia says:

    Way to go, Kristine. Knocked it out of the park…..again !

  13. Lu says:

    That’s amazing!!!

  14. Laurel says:

    wonderful job! I love how you show people it is possible to make a big difference in a house with very little money and using what you have already.

  15. Kelly says:

    You are completely magical! I absolutely adore posts like these. For those of us that can’t compete with blogs that have sponsored content to furnish and decorate their homes with brand new/high end pieces, it’s so nice to see what can be done with hard work and special thrifted finds!

  16. Pam Kimberly says:

    Wow, wow, wow, and WOW!
    You never cease to amaze me with your clean, budget friendly staging. Love what you do. Inspiring once again.

  17. M says:

    Agreed – you’re really clever at making a big impact with a small budget and minimal changes. Loads of great inspiration to make a home fresh and inviting – not just for staging but for living. (And very well done on the sale price! If you had any doubts about your abilities, I think the money speaks for itself!)

  18. Cath says:

    So light and uplifting. What a marvellous and very well deserved result. I love bird cages. I would look at them, love them, but have no idea what to do with them! Suspending them in a cluster is genius! The look gorgeous. Love following you and seeing what you come up with next.

  19. Pat from New Jersey USA says:

    I would have loved to have seen all the “make-does” you can up with for the spaces not shown. I think we all work have been amazed by when your creative juices concocted. Congratulations on an amazing staging job, an fantastic response to the opening and a quick and profitable sale. Cheer! Now put your feet up and have your favorite beverage. You definitely deserve it.

  20. Jen says:

    Love it, once again you’ve brought a dark place into the light.
    Great work.

  21. Alix says:

    Deadset legend! Inspiring as always! Great result. Love these series and so good to see what is possible on a budget, rather than what is possible when money is no object.

  22. Amazing work. You have put lots of effort into this. The pictures give a good idea of your work. Many people will find the pricing very helpful. Whenever someone is going for similar work, they often get confused about the financial side.

    Thank you very much for this informative article. Looking forward to getting more such information in the future.

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  24. Sarah says:

    Your place is lovely, I love your style and decorations. Keep up the good work!


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