Grover: Week 4

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  Check out  more about this flip, Grover, or check out posts about our last flip HERE. Even though I feel like I'm crawling on this flip, I guess if you compare it to the last, I'm a bit ahead.  With Frankie at this point, I only had demo done.  With Grover, yes, I have demo done, but I also started some finish work.... and it felt good!

All 3 bedrooms have nice new white paint on the ceiling and 2 of the bedrooms already have new lights!


My paint strategy is ceiling, trim, then walls last.


I have determined, however, that ceiling painting is dangerous for me.  I apparently have the habit of not looking where I'm going and getting into trouble.  Last time it was stepping in the paint tray, this time I somehow managed to catapult the stirrer and paint UP my leg.  That takes talent (or a complete lack of grace).


And since I finished all 3 bedroom ceilings, I've already moved onto priming trim in the first bedroom!  I'm crossing my fingers that the trim here will require less coats than the last house since it's been painted, but I'm already finding the prep to be worse.  Yes the trims already been painted, but it's been painted MANY times, and BADLY.  Before I can even commence priming, I need to scrape it and sand it, and even then it's not as smooth as I would ideally like. Oh well.


It feels a little strange to be painting when the other side of the house is utter chaos, but the way I figure it, it will be a lot easier to paint the bedrooms and hallway before the hardwood floors get refinished.  The floors aren't starting yet, though, since the contractor needs to take down the wall first, but that's starting mid-next week.  I. Can't. Wait!  I'm also cautiously optimistic about the contractor that I'm using- a recommendation from our electrician.  The contractor on the last house did a decent job, however let's just say, our personalities didn't mesh....

Yeah, so that 'utter chaos' that I mentioned?


I only have a very small path to get through currently.  I'm thinking it's dumpster time!  Especially now that the kitchen's completely removed.


I almost wish you could smell this room through your computer.  Almost.  If you could, you'd probably hate me for it... its disgusting.  Thankfully it's been nice enough to open windows and air it out, but I have come to the conclusion that whoever installed the cabinets 30 years ago smoked and had non-house-trained pets.  Removing the cabinets released all those lovely, smack-you-in-the-face-when-you-walk-in smells.


Aside holding my nose and effectively covering myself in paint this week, I also repaired the garage door springs (with Handy Dad's help) and ordered the tile for the bathroom floor.  Even though the smashy smashy is fun, my designer side is just giddy about the new finishes!  I'll be sharing the bathroom plan next week and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Happy weekend!