Shorty the Flip House: Week 5

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!!


5 weeks went by rather fast!  This week saw lots of activity- a little bit more destruction, a little bit of rebuilding, a little bit of modifying, and finalizing some plans!  If you follow me on instragram, you saw a sneak peek of the most visible change this week:  the opening between the living and dining rooms is getting expanded!  It needs a bit of re-supporting before we can close things up, but it makes both rooms feel so much larger.  It's the closest to an "open concept" that I'm willing to deliver in an antique home.

As you can see in the kitchen, the drain, venting, and water lines got moved for the new sink location centered under the side window.

I almost missed this update since it's not very obvious until you turn lights on, but the old halogen recessed lights are swiftly getting replaced with cleaner, more efficient, LED recessed lights.  Flip tip: proper lighting, especially in rooms that don't get a lot of natural light, will help rooms feel larger!  I want this kitchen to feel as big as possible!

In the powder room, the old laundry hook-up got capped off so we can fit a functioning vanity (since it can only function as EITHER a laundry room or powder room- there's not enough room for both!)

Upstairs in the full bath, much to my pleasure, the room is on it's way to being back together and better than ever.  The wall tile is humming along and I have a feeling very shortly there will be a floor there too.  So exciting!

My bold decision in the bathroom this week has to do with the height of the wall tile- can you see the red line in the left pic below?  55" high.  The decision came from trying to make sense of the shower tile with the angled roof-line and I'm kind of excited that it's working out that way.  I think it will be super dramatic and unexpected.  Now I just need to figure out the PERFECT mirror and sconces.


The exciting part of my week was finalizing and ordering cabinets, appliances, and kitchen floor tile.  I changed my tune just a touch on the cabinets and ended up ordering through Home Depot.  Still going bold with green/gray cabinets (who am I and a medium wood island, but I was able to save a few dollars with Home Depot's current kitchen sale (there's ALWAYS a kitchen sale, I swear!).  Just a few, but with flips, every cent counts!  I also was finally able to locate a cost-efficient gray plank 6x24 tile to use to herringbone the kitchen floor.  Even though the cabinets will be green, I want the rest of the space to be interesting but not overwhelming.  I'm planning to accomplish this with neutral colors, but interesting shapes and textures.


On a non-flip-related topic, I'm happy to announce that starting today I'll be co-hosting a new instagram hashtag #MyBoldHues!  Tag your instagram posts that show off your love for color with #MyBoldHues, whether it be spaces, projects or moments that are full of color!  The last Wednesday of each month, myself and the other co-hosts will be sharing our favorite instagrams on our blogs.  I'm excited to see how everyone lives their own colorful lives!!  Please go say HI and insta-follow the other bold ladies that will be the regular co-hosts: PMQ for Two, Style Mutt Home, Semigloss Design, Domicile 37, Jest Cafe Blog, & Blue i Style.

Have a spectacular weekend!!