There isn't a whole bunch of instant gratification when flipping a house, but if you can wait almost 5 months oh man, satisfaction city! Congrats on making it all the way with me! Week 18, AKA Grover's Big Day!!!
This might end up being my longest post probably ever, but guys, this house is kinda pretty now. Just kinda.
Let's start outside. Before he was very blah. The garage door was demanding more attention than the front door and he just looked tired.
It's amazing what a few small changes can do to curb appeal.
Aside from the biggies of new roof and windows, the foundation, stairs, garage door, and front door got painted, shrubs got trimmed, flowers got planted, mulch got spread, and the lights and mailbox got upgraded. Now the front door demands the attention it deserves and the entrance has presence.
The outside is nice and all, but the inside is where the WOW is.
From the second potential buyers step in the front door, I'm hoping to take their breath away.
Before... dark dark dark and closed in.
Oh and remember how there used to be a wall?
And who didn't love the scallops..
Oh right, me.
The view from the sofa has changed a tiny bit. This might be my favorite spot in the entire house. Ok, tour over. I'm just going to hang out here. You don't need to see the kitchen or the rest of the house.
Ohhhh, fine, I guess I'll show you the rest.
This once sexy dark kitchen with beautiful yellow laminate counters, fake wood-over linoleum floors and a fan to hit your head on was hard to tear out. And by 'hard to tear out' I mean it was a sledge hammer's dream.
I'll just let you take in the difference here.
Is it weird that my favorite thing in this room might just be those stools? (yes, they are almost identical to the ones from Young House Love's last kitchen) I scored them for a whopping $35 on craigslist and we've bonded. Their style is PERFECT for this kitchen and adds just the right vintage touch. Handy dad helped me trim down the legs so they could be counter height instead of bar height and you'd never know.
I'll admit- I am planning to do another layer of grout to smooth over a bit. Even though unsanded grout was the right one to use for this size grout line, I'm finding that the first layer always looks a bit rough. Maybe it's just my OCD talking, but I need to fix it a bit to be comfortable handing this house over to the next owners
Continuing down the hall, first stop is the bathroom. This gem was a wow before, but in a bad way.
Now it sports new everything- tub, toilet, vanity, wall tile, floor tile, paneling.
The 3 bedrooms thankfully just needed lots of paint and floor refinishing.
The back bedroom:
Master bedroom/largest bedroom:
And the smallest bedroom:
Not that the basement underwent a HUGE transition, but you totally need to see these 2 spaces.
The neon seafoam garage received a new electrical panel, neutral paint, and a new, functioning garage door opener.
And the weird, creepy, paneled room that looked like it belonged in a bad 70s porno...
Now is totally refreshed and could be the perfect play room, media room, family room, etc.
I still have a few items left on my punch-list to get this house completely done. I know this post started strong with the fancy areas of the house then moved on to the less exciting, so I'll leave you with my favorite shot of the new open concept and kitchen. Isn't he charming now??
Remember how this is a flip house and I'm selling it now?? Well guess what- it's listed!!! I didn't share the MLS listing with you at the top so you didn't get distracted, but here it is! Go buy him! He needs a wonderful family to love and take care of him!