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Flip a house. CHECK!
Well, I can officially mark this off my Bucket List. Our first house flip is flipped! If you missed the “Before” post, you can check it out by clicking HERE. This was quite the adventure. Exciting and exhausting. Our original plan of a quick 2 week flip turned into 6 long weeks of renovations. Funny how that happens. I’ll dive more into the details later on but I know you want to see the house so….
COME ON IN!
Kyle called me the day we closed on the house, as Ben and him were walking around and checking out the inside (remember, we bought it sight unseen pretty much). They said “We want to keep the carpet. It looks like it’s in pretty good shape!”
Keep in mind we had already pulled back the carpet and verified there was the original wood flooring underneath. So there was a long pause on the phone and in the nicest way possible I told them “Over my dead body are we keeping that carpet.” Sometimes you just have to pull out your Woman Card, ya know? Ben likes to joke that Kyle and him have one vote and I have 3. I’ll take it!
What I will say though, is that refinishing hardwood floors is a WAY bigger pain in the rear than I ever imagined. I’m sure I’ve got some carcinoma brewing inside my lungs despite wearing a mask. I swear, it’s like you need a darn hazmat suit! SO much sawdust and a lot of man/woman power. If we flip a house in the future and want to refinish the wood floors, I would definitely consider hiring that job out.
Let’s hang a left and check out the kitchen/dining area.
I love our kitchen. LOVE. I love it more than my own kitchen. These galley type kitchens have a way of making you feel compartmentalized and claustrophobic. I wanted to use all of the natural light and create a space that felt bright and cheery. I love every single decision we made for this kitchen. To help us stay within budget, we kept the original cabinets and gave them a fresh coat (4 coats to be exact….but who’s counting) of white paint. The hardware is original also and saved us several hundred dollars! Spray paint goes a long way. We tiled the backsplash in a white subway tile and used a dark grey grout to give it some contrast.
We used a Quickrete Countertop Kit(say that 3 times as fast as you can) from Home Depot to refinish the surface. Yes, those are the original countertops! Ben introduced me to this stuff for the first time and it’s AMAZING. You can even purchase dyes to stain the countertops different colors. We added a little black just to darken it a bit. We chose to tile the floors and purchased new black appliances.
And don’t forget my chalkboard door! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already heard about this. My friend Jesica came up with this idea of having a chalkboard door that separates the laundry room from the kitchen. It’s one of my favorite details about this house!
Next, I’ll show you the bathroom. It may be the biggest transformation in this house!
RIGHT?! We brought this bathroom back from the dead. It needed so much love. We saved a lot of money not having to replace that bath/shower. It’s a white cast iron tub with a white tiled backsplash that just needed a real good scrubbing! In the spirit of spring, I’ll let you know that the best cleaning products I have ever stumbled upon are baking soda, vinegar and blue dawn dish soap. Perfect for scrubbing soap mildew out of tile grout!
Okay. Onto the office…
It’s crazy how just a little paint on the walls can brighten a room SO dramatically!
I ran out of daylight yesterday and wasn’t able to snap a picture of the bedroom. You’ll have to check it out once it goes on the market! But until then, here’s the before picture to refresh your memory….
There she is in all her glory! The plan is to go on the market Friday and have an open house on Sunday. We’ve talked about a listing price but I don’t want to state it here because it could change. By the time you’re done reading this post, I’ll be on my way to soak up some sunshine in California! A MUCH needed break! I’ll keep you posted via Facebook and Instagram about going on the market and the open house. Subscribe to my mailing list so you don’t miss out on our NEXT FLIP!
Interior- Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams
Exterior- Gauntlet for the siding, Waterscape for the front door and Dover White for the trim. All from Sherwin Williams