I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses. This flip, Millie is the most challenging and most exciting yet! You can find more about this house and about my 3 previous flip houses here. Yesterday's open house was a crowded success with at least one second showing already scheduled!! I'm cautiously optimistic that this house will move FAST! I know several of you also made your way over to the open and I'd love to hear what you thought in person!
If you didn't sneak a peek on the real estate listing or at the open, congrats on your patience and sticking with me all the way until reveal week! The wait is totally worth it, I promise.
So without further ado, I figured why not start with my absolute favorite room in the house.... which started out as not my favorite room... Let's take a drive down memory lane, shall we?
Remember the welcoming kitchen entrance? Complete with crowding appliances, an offplaced sink, painted laminate countertop, and peeling wallpaper above the windows.
Oh that floor still gives me nightmares- sheet vinyl over plywood over 3 layers of vinyl tile all hiding the original hard wood floors.
Why do people do this to houses??
Long story short in this kitchen- there was lots of space, but it was not even close to a functional kitchen....
Until now. How's this for the new kitchen entrance? Not walking into any misplaced appliances and instead you get a gorgeous view of the window framed farmhouse sink.
But, Karen, where did the stove and the fridge go??? I gave them real homes and created a proper kitchen triangle. The fridge is now found on the opposite wall in between the sink and stove. If you drew a line between the fridge, stove, and sink it would be a nice triangle- which is optimum for a workable kitchen.
For better or worse, I could talk about this kitchen for days. In addition to the reconfiguration of appliances, I modified a 100 year old cabinet to give the fridge a home, installed new lower cabinets and countertops, modified another non-original cabinet (next to the fridge) to look original, installed open shelves, and tiled the walls with the sexiest wall tile ever.
The ceiling got all new drywall over the cracking plaster and is now the ONLY textured wall or ceiling in the house. Even though it's new, going over the old ceiling gave it some lumps and ridges that would have been glaringly obvious if this ceiling was smooth. Now, with the least amount of texture possible, you see no blemishes, just a clean ceiling.
What's a good before and after post without some old and news side by side?
And that floor
Come back tomorrow for another space revealed!