Retail Details

Do it yourself fix-ups can be the difference between selling a house for the asking price, or being left in limbo. It's all in the details, and these Memphis shops can help you catch that buyer's eye.

For real shabby chicness, and previously enjoyed antique fixtures, check out South Front Antique Market (aka The Common Market). It offers details like brass, glass, iron, and copper doorknobs from $15 to $125, lock plates at $2 and up, and porcelain faucet handles, most under $20. Aged window pulls that could double as handsome drawer pulls cost a buck or two. Kitchen drawer pulls start at $2.50. Larger pieces range from old doors, many between $75 and $125, to mantelpieces for $375 on average, and shutters with a good selection around $75. Most come with their own patina.

Hamilton's Fireplace makes a home where the hearth is with gas logs from $400 to $900, fireplace screens ranging from $89 to $1,900, fireplace doors from $490 to $5,000, and wood stoves from $1,300 to $2,500. New mantels begin at $700, and gas porch lights start at $800.

Fantastic Fans keeps things cool with a large display of ceiling fans. It also carries ceiling medallions to attractively mount fans and light fixtures, starting around $10 and going up to $80. Fan pulls run between $1 and $10, and range from simple to thematic (for that ceiling fan in your billiard room). Our handy readers can save serious dough by opting for a fan kit, while the rest of us must shell out for a ready-to-install model. The cheapest complete fans go for around $30, while a kit for a $100 pre-assembled fan might also go for $30. Prices for ready fans escalate from there to $450. Chrome, nickel, and pewter fan bodies are currently the most popular.

For more extensive improvements, Designer Baths and Kitchens carries kitchen cabinets, countertops, and appliances for those with bigger budgets.

Finally, Alexander Brothers Marble and Granite, Inc., is what it sounds like. They customize countertops and bath and kitchen tile with their signature ingredients.

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