(aka "Clark: Week 12", aka "Clark's Big Reveal", aka "OMG Did I Just Do That?") If you’re new to my weekly progress posts, Clark is my first ever flip house (named for the street that he’s on). Check out my previous posts here.
Twelve weeks ago, I introduced you to this misfit of a house. He wasn't quite an eyesore, but he had been neglected for years and foreclosed on and just needed to be shown some love.
Twelve weeks later, Clark has been given a new life and is ready for a new family to love him.
It's just beginning to really sink in to me- I flipped a house in 3 months. I flipped a house. In 3 months. ME?!
But my own disbelief in my abilities isn't why you're here. You want to see the big reveal!!!!!
Photo shoot day (yesterday) was dreary and gray here in Massachusetts and I wasn't about to make you wait any longer, so the lighting in the pics was a bit challenging. You've been warned.
But, without further ado.....
Come on it, take off your shoes, and enjoy the tour!
First room on the tour is the living room. The formerly burnt orange living room.
I bid farewell to the burnt yuk color and welcomed a creamy color called Canvas.
And I opened up the wall between the living room and kitchen. It makes the space feel enormous (which is paramount in a house under 1000 sf)!
The textured ceiling is still there in a crisp new white. I swear the room is a cream color, not green. It's the only room without an overhead light, so it's suffering from the dreary day outside. (someone also needs to take some photography classes- hint: it's this girl)
Once upon a time there was a closet in the living room, but it was sacrificed for a good cause: the kitchen. Speaking of which....
Oh hai kitchen.
Remember what it looked like when we bought it? Not enough room for modern appliances and cabinets that were about 25 years past their usable life.
How do you like dem apples?? Now that's a kitchen!
How about another?
And another. If this kitchen doesn't sell this house, I don't know what will!
I guess there are a few other rooms in this house too if you ever decide to leave the kitchen (and really, who would blame you if you didn't).
The three bedrooms didn't get any drastic changes- paint (trim, ceilings, walls), new light fixtures, and a good carpet cleaning
Bedroom #1- The artist formerly known as the red room.
The murder red was thankfully covered up with a new color, Cloud.
Bedroom #2 didn't undergo such a drastic color transformation. It went from very badly painted gray...
...to a lighter, neatly painted gray (also Cloud)
The master bedroom (or at least the room I deemed as the master because it was marginally the largest room with the largest closet) started as another burnt something color. Here's a good tip for picking colors- if you find it in a diaper, it's probably not a good color for a wall. Rule to live by.
Now it's always summer in here. Literally. That's the name of the new color, Summer. It's a nice soft, buttery yellow to distinguish it from the other 2 bedrooms.
But aside from the kitchen, there's one other room that I spent a lot of time and effort in.
The former owners (prior to the foreclosure) tried to put lipstick on a pig and had the gall to advertise this as an updated bathroom. I'm sorry, if you have a cracked plastic shower surround and moldy linoleum, an updated bathroom it is not. I don't care if you put a new pedestal sink in it or not, it was still disgusting. The picture really didn't show it in all it's
gory glory, you'll just have to take my word for it.
Remove the disgusting and add a boat-load of charm and that's what we see today.
Are those some sexy floors or what??
Only the pedestal sink and the tub remain from the original room.
I have a few very minor things left on my to do list, although most won't be noticeable to potential buyers... which is good because... this guy is officially LISTED!!! And he's going to charm the pants off of any potential buyers!
The listing went live on Monday (I know some of you peaked already), but we aren't doing any showings until the open house Saturday. So if you're in the market for a 110% move-in-ready house in Worcester with more charisma than you can handle, come on by!
I'm like a proud parent with this house. I didn't realize how attached I've grown. I guess when you spend 40 hours a week pouring your soul into a space, you're bound to form a bond.
I just hope he finds a good family who will love him, and care for him, and feed him, and take him for walks...... did I take it too far? I think I'm getting punchy at this point. I need a vacation.
So, what do you think??