Shorty the Flip House: Week 15

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  Come back every Friday to see how this house, aka Shorty, progresses from week to week.  To catch up on the progress on Shorty, check out his previous posts here.  If you’re new here, (Hello!!!) you can find more about my 5 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride!!  

The end is near!!  No matter how well I try to plan each flip, I always seems to be scrambling at the end.  The fun of the work at the end, though is each final piece makes SUCH a huge impact!


This week, I've had a house full of people almost every day (with the exception of a very snowy, miserable Tuesday) and will continue that trend through the end of next week.

Aside from a few last things to be painted (like the stair balusters, closets, a few trim pieces...) the interior is painted and what a difference it makes!!!  The woodwork will get a good clean once all the other work is done too.


The powder room walls got a light yellow paint and a narrow depth vanity since we only have about 20" between the wall and door.  I really wanted to add some storage in here and not just go with the tiny pedestal sink that was previously used.


There is NO more lime green in the kitchen- I repeat, NO MORE LIME GREEN!!! Game changer.  I am going to be a tease though and not show you the whole kitchen.  I have to save something for the big reveal at the end ;-).  BUT I sucked it up and had the backsplash tiled and am LOVING the tile.  It's not yet grouted, but I love it when rooms start to really show off in reality what I've been picturing in my head for months.

Plumber is coming tomorrow to hook up appliances, replace the hot water heater, and have indoor plumbing for the first time in months.


In addition to paint and tile, floors are also well on their way!  The upstairs floors got all sanded and stained and will get 3 coats of polyurethane to finish them off.  Due to the age of the floors and some lingering pet stains, we opted to stain the floors.  I can't wait to see them all poly'd and finished!!  Old floors are part of the reason I have such a soft spot for old houses.  They just have so much more character than new floors due to the old graining- modern wood is grown differently and harvested much quicker which doesn't give the grain the time to develop like old growth (I just found this great article that explains it better than I can).  Even a new house built to look like an old house will still feel different than an authentic antique home.  *steps off my soapbox*


After Tuesday's almost foot of snow and ice and more predicted (ick), it's not exactly looking good for painting the exterior next week.  I'm crossing my fingers for the week after!  What WILL be happening this coming week is all the floors and stairs getting completed, completed plumbing, completed electrical, removal of an old unused oil tank in the basement, hopefully remaining trim pieces will be installed, paint touched up, and my OCD working out all the final details.  On top of all this, we're hoping to finally get Copper Dot Baby's furniture into his room and not spread around in the living room, basement, and even at my parents' house.  Poor kid will have to wait a month or so until after he's born for all the details to be completed in there... gotta sell a flip first!! (Yes, I am fully aware that a baby doesn't care about having a completed nursery, but his mommy does).


Only 2 weeks left to finish up this vintage gem.  We're down to the wire, but it's looking like the pieces are fitting into place.  We just need another warm spell of weather so that we can get the exterior finished up too!!


Happy last weekend of winter!  Bring it on Spring!