Grover: Weeks 1 & 2

The computer gods are not smiling on me today.  I'm currently blogging from Hubby's PC because attempting to plug an unapproved iphone cable into my Macbook caused it to implode (ok, maybe not implode, but suddenly go dark and not turn back on). boooo.  It has a dr. appointment at the Apple store this afternoon.  Wish me luck! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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.

I know I just introduced you to Grover last week, but this is technically the end of week 2.  Light demo started last week as I tried to work out my plans for this house.  With previous flips, I had my gameplan prior to closing and went in guns blazing on closing day, but since we closed on this when I was still finishing up Frankie, that was not the case here.  Good news, though, I have it figured out!  Now I just have to execute my plans.... the easy part.... right?

In the past 2 weeks, I've succeeded in making the house look worse.  It has to get worse before it gets better though.  (apologies for the quality iphone pics.... must remember to bring good camera...)

Original hardwood floors were hidden by horrific laminate.  They're covered in carpet adhesive and have a bit of pet staining, but they are going to buff up nicely!  To quote Nicole, HGTV's Rehab Addict "Why in the hell would you cover that up?!"


Those floors are really what I'm most excited about.  Especially since I'm planning to rip out the icky, stinky, linoleum in the kitchen:

kitchen floor

and replace it with gleaming new hardwood floors in there too!

kitchen floor wood

Since the hall and bedrooms still have the original hardwood floor as well, completing the wood in the kitchen will make it hardwood floor throughout.  Swoon.

I haven't smashy smashy'd the kitchen yet, I've been focusing on much more tedious tasks such as tearing down multiple layers of wallpaper and removing tile in the bathroom.

wallpaper floor

Ah wallpaper... what a fun task...  Thankfully, the hallway will be wallpaper free by the end of today (Wallpaper detail post coming next week, per request).  I've spend most of my week in one of the smallest areas of the house.

wallpaper hall

So far I have located 5 different wallpapers in the house.  2 layers in the hall, 2 hidden behind the bathroom mirror, and 1 that was painted over many many times in the kitchen.  Isn't the lollipop poodle cute?

poodle wallpaper

Since this was painted over SO MANY TIMES (and I'm taking down half of the wall anyway) I'm not actually removing it.  It's cemented in there by now and aside from at the switchplates, you can't tell there's any wallpaper there anyway.

And speaking of amazing wallpapers, when Handy Dad and I pulled down the bathroom mirror to find another remnant of wallpaper, "WOW" was the only word.

upic wallpaper

Let me assure you, it's much more impressive in person.  Neon green with gold glitter.  I'm framing this!

I have also started the de-blue-ification of the bathroom.  Bye bye blue tile.

bathroom progress1

Although I'm all for embracing retro tile if they're good quality, this tile was not.  The previous owners had even covered part of it up in the shower with cheap paneling.  shower wall

They had apparently taken a part of the original tiled wall out and layered up 3 sheets of backer board under the paneling... not exactly the way it should be done.  The shower will soon be gutted and done the right way.

The much less messy (and subsequently less interesting) things that have also been accomplished in the past 2 weeks are:

-getting quotes from electrician, contractor, flooring guy, window guy

-planning out the IKEA kitchen

-working out the budget

I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but with each house, it feels less daunting.  My next step is to work out the timeline and schedule.  What needs to happen in what order to be most efficient?  I really can't wait to get the kitchen wall down and get the floors in, though.  I just hope it's half as epic as the picture I see in my head!