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Can adding crystals to your chandelier update the look when selling? Maybe hanging Barbie dolls upside down is better.

As a home stager in Vaughan, I thought I had seen every conceivable type of chandelier from every decade.

Homeowners ask if there is any way of leaving the dated chandelier installed and adding crystals to the arms of the chandelier to update the look. This client actually added Barbie dolls suspended upside down and crystals.

I'm thinking just the crystals would have done the trick.

barbie chandelier

When you are considering listing your home for sale, Advantage Staging will make suggestions for replacement lighting that will suit every budget and look appropriate in the home for sale.

Just one more reason that calling in a professional home stager can save you time and money when you are preparing your house for sale.

Fact #1 -sellers are usually not interested in investing money into new light fixtures for a home that they are leaving.

Fact #2 - Lighting is one of the least expensive upgrades you can make to your home that will reap the most pay back on the money spent.

Home Depot sells a line for contractors that has a satin nickel finish and white shades. From $49 to $125 you can replace any light in your house for an updated look that buyers will love.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

Michelle Finnamore   Advantage Staging    416.928.2999

Remember, home staging is always less than the first price reduction.




Comment balloon 18 commentsMichelle Finnamore • November 05 2011 04:15PM


I thought I had seen it all! Well, not really...but this one takes the cake. Barbie dolls? Suspended from lighting? You have to be kidding me!

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Too funny, Michelle -- definitely a first for me!  I like that Contractor's Collection at Home Depot -- just got some there this week and the prices are fantastic.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 8 years ago

Updating light fixtures is one of my regular suggestions....usually met with surprise, from not only the seller but the agent.  Home Depot and Lowes have fabulous deals and it doesn't have to be expensive.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Michelle - These least this home owner could have done was dress these Barbies in pretty clothes!  Yes, switching out this light fixture and other "less than appealing" light fixutures is a great call!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 8 years ago

Michelle- well this one takes the cake!  I agree, replacing a lighting fixture can be one of the least expensive updates a seller can make. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Well, I thought my cousin was original. He has barbies and old cel phones (He uses the led flashlight feature as lighting) swaged like a garland across his porch ceiling.

I hope he never sees that chandelier.


Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) over 8 years ago

Hi Michelle--well I think that chandelier is beyond creative--I'm not sure what to call it.  I agree that new lighting is a simple and inexpensive way to make a big change to a room. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 8 years ago

Oh my, that is "different" and really special..........   Where were you, a Barbie convention?  Like many other stagers outdated light fixtures are one of my pet peeves in houses because they are so easy and inexpensive to replace.  Heck, I've even offered to change them out myself, just to get it done.  Thanks for sharing your special photo examples and the advice Michelle! 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 8 years ago

When I was a kid I hung a few barbie dolls :)

but never like that!

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTORĀ®, Blogger, Principal BrokerĀ®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 8 years ago

What a great example of Barbie art!  Most pieces are of the S&M variety...That said, great looking lighting certainly does not have to be expensive, and certainly update a home!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 8 years ago

Hi Vickie, no joke, this was considered recycling existing material to update a chandelier. As I explain to my clients, you live in a house one way and stage a house to appeal to a wide range of buyers. I ask the client how many other houses have  you seen with a light like this?....that is how many buyers you will appeal to.

Hi Maureen, I just visited Home Depot. They have a fabulous reduce sale area right now. 50% off any chandelier listed at $150 and 25 % off any light listed at under $150.  My favourite lights that are more expensive are now great bargains. Time to load up on light fixtures to resell to clients.

Hi Sharon, I know you and I are on the same  page in regards to replacing outdated light fixtures. See note above in regards to some super savings at Home Depot right now.

HI Sally, with you just returning from Paris France I can see why you would like to dress the Barbies. Maybe something in red with Leopard Print per chance? This light definitely had a certain je na said quoi non?

Hi Kathy, this light stopped me in my tracks? I was speechless and that takes some doing!!

Hi Michelle, I bet your cousin would get along with my Dad just fine. My Dad once lived way out in the northern part of Ontario, lots of bush around. He stapled plastic roses of every colour and variety to the his fence rails to add some colour to all that green out there. Hahahaha!! My Dad is a hoot! The neighbours definitely new when we moved in.

HI Janet, it is a recyclers dream light. I am sure it has frightened more than one little girl though. It looked like something my  brothers would have done to get my attention.

HI Valerie, I think the idea was good when you think about how to keep the plastic Barbies out of the landfill, but to stage, time to  put it away and install in the new house.

Hi Ginger, I  know what you mean about wanting to change out light fixtures yourself when the client just doesn't have a budget for it. I always ask to be reimbursed on closing. Gets the job done, the house faster and the client and agent are happy.

HI Charles, did you have sisters that you loved to tease? I know my brothers took apart my Chatty Cathy doll to see what made her talk when you pulled the string. It was a record inside. Boy were they disappointed. It was worth it all though to see how much trouble they were in with my Dad when he came home and saw what they did. I think the doll was probably half his weekly pay cheque way back then!

Hi Julia, I didn't know people made art from Barbies. Now I will have to go look on youtube!


Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 8 years ago

Well I think this would work if you are selling vintage Barbie's. Very creative then! In a house....not so much. Poor Barbie, what a headache.

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) over 8 years ago

What about a Ken chandelier!  Lights are so inexpensive in the realm of things.  I've seen some gorgeous ones at extremely good prices that are copies of designer type ones.  It does make a huge difference. Cute post!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Well that was certainly good for a laugh.  Thanks for sharing.  Light fixtures are always a dead giveaway, aren't they?

Posted by Sandi Gerrard over 8 years ago

Oh my!! While this is very creative and resourceful (funny too) I agree with you on all points Michelle, it doesn't take a lot of money to update those fixtures and it's well worth the investment!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) over 8 years ago

Hi Shar, what a headache! Hahhaa! You are too witty.  I'm sure as the '"turd master" you would have waved your magic wand and fixed this little debacle right away. Thanks for stopping in.

Hi Cindy, I love the Ken idea! For design it would be the perfect compliment to the Barbie chandelier.  There are some great knock off lights done of some very famous designs. Even the hardware stores carry them now. China seems to be able to knock something off in no time at all with pricing that sellers love.

HI Sandi, lighting always gives away the age of a home. That's why it is money wisely invested when selling.

Hi Karen, I compare the pay back amount of lighting with painting. Always worth it, I have never seen it not pay off in over 4 years doing over 300 jobs per year.


Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 8 years ago

Oh my gosh this is hilarious...I cannot believe this was in an actual home...what were they thinking..yes crystals would have been a bit more 'neutral' shall we say.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) over 8 years ago

Hi Wendy, we really do get to see it all as professional home stagers don't we? 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 8 years ago

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