Our First HOUSE Flip

I’ve dreamed of flipping houses (like everyone else who watches Fixer Upper!) for a couple years now. I’ve always had a passion for anything DIY or crafty/artsy but flipping houses would take that hobby to the EXTREME. I’m a novice when it comes to design and the logistics behind it. However, I grew up with one of those dad’s who could do and build anything. Aside from working as a teacher, he started his own tiling business when my sisters and I were younger. I remember my dad always working on something, wether it be building our deck or installing my sisters windows, tiling our kitchen floor or replacing the carpet after I spilled red nail polish and then tried to clean it up with nail polish remover. Ok guys, I was like 6!

Ok. Maybe 16. 

So I guess you could say the whole “DIY” thing is in my blood. When we bought our home that we live in now, it was our first fixer upper experience. I LOVED choosing tile and backsplashes, carpet, paint colors, etc. I experienced a whole different side to my craftiness and it was the first time I realized I kind of enjoy design. However, this house is our first and LAST fixer upper we will ever live in. But flipping one is a completely different story. 

Kyle and I seriously started considering flipping houses and/or buying rental property about 6 months ago. Our friend, Ben, who works in Kyle’s office asked us to partner up with him on some homes that were coming up for auction. After a lot of discussion, we decided it was a financial risk we were willing to take. Ben has been a friend of mine for over a decade and he has experience renovating and selling homes. I felt comfort in that fact that this was not Ben’s first rodeo. Even though these auction homes are a risk for everyone involved, it made me less anxious knowing that Ben has sort of “been there, done that” ya know? 

Not to mention, both Kyle and Ben sell homes for a living. They know the Real Estate market in Walla Walla. Their knowledge has been a huge asset in this process.

After months of watching homes go up for auction, we finally sealed the deal and bought one. 


“She’s a real bute, Clark.”

Really though, she’s kind of cute, right? She’s simple and petite. 2 bedroom, 1 bath and a nice shop in the back! When you buy a home at auction, you can’t go through it until it closes. Basically, you have to purchase it “sight unseen”.  All we could do was peek through her old foggy windows and try and get a glimpse of what we were getting ourselves into. 

I was really nervous. You’ve all seen the Flip or Flop episodes where they walk in and there’s like feces and dead bodies everywhere? I was sure that would be us. I kept running through all the possible scenarios… 

They probably had a meth lab in the back bedroom. 

A cat lady lived there and now theres like 47 dead cats in the house.

Much to my surprise, there were no dead bodies, no cats, and no meth. 

It was so much better than I had imagined! Sure, it was outdated but the layout was great. Three large picture windows in the front of the house brought in so much natural light, making the entire house feel more spacious. Underneath the carpet were gorgeous (with a few pet stains) hardwood floors! 

The hardwood carried into both bedrooms. 

Believe it or not, that bathroom was better than I expected also. Though it needed a good scrub, the tub is cast iron (and not green or pink!) and the tile/grout is in good shape. This bathroom is definitely getting a HUGE makeover.

Here is one view of the dining room at the front of the house, off the living room. I love all the natural light!

And the kitchen/laundry room. Lots of storage! 

All three of us immediately saw so much potential in this house.  We have been renovating for a little over a week now. A lot has been done, but there is still so much more to do. The last few days have been focused on the kitchen and I can honestly say I love this kitchen more than my own! It’s turning out to be so stinkin cute! We are hoping to be finished renovating in the next 3 weeks or so. 







  1. Alison
    February 21, 2017

    Jamie!!! So excited for you guys! I seriously have no idea how you are finding the time to do this, but props to you!! So awesome! I especially love the Christmas Vacation quote 🙂 I’ll be following your progress!

  2. Frederick Venneri
    July 13, 2017

    Thank you for fixing up the house looks great. my parents live 65 years to the right of your. Fixer upper house. Their 1000 sq. Ft. 3 bedrm 1 bath home was remodeled twice . they took great pride in their home as do the people to the right of them. Who also own their homes. my dad passed in Sept 2014. Growing up next door we met a lot of wonderful families that lived in that home. It was my Aunt on Uncles first home when they had married.
    A husband and wife from Greece the last family I remember was a mom,and Dad and their 3 teenage boys.
    the last 3 years my dad was alive he tried to have the city mow the grass and. water the lawn since nobody had taken care of your fixer upper .
    I hope you set a Trend and get others to take pride in their homes and do the same.
    It was hard to sale my parents home. Because of how run down the neighbor had become. With a rental house across the street. Having a fire -pit and old used sofa in the front yard. Doesn’t help . I don’t know after 2014 the going on in your home . But there were no meth labs going on. that I know of in your home. just great family’s and great memories growing up in that neighborhood.
    Thanks again for helping rebuild a neiborhood. Fred

    1. jamiejowilliams
      July 24, 2017

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Fred! We look forward to renovating more homes, should the opportunity become available. This house will always be near and dear to my heart! Thank you for sharing the incredible history behind it 🙂

      1. Frederick Venneri
        October 9, 2017

        I heard the house across from my parents house the people are moving out Hopefull they take their fire pit and old sofa out of the front yard. I hear the owner are going to sale that house. Its a home with good bones.. Maybe this could be another fixed upper. I hope someone buys it and lives in the home and not use it as a rental Fred Venneri


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