The Finished Flip

27 Oct

Last October, I shared a new “flip” property that we purchased— a 1931 Montgomery Ward home in our old neighborhood that had so much charm but needed to be brought back to life.

After a pretty grueling 7-month renovation, we sold it in May (to our good friends actually), and now here is the finished tour!

This was the old exterior: img_4539

And after a new roof, landscaping, front door, paint (Benjamin Moore Evening Dove), new window on the gable, and fresh asphalt on the driveway:


The homeowners choose this fun Poppy color for the front and back doors!


Moving inside, here was the old front room (it used to be a front porch).


And now after opening up the ceiling to create a cathedral ceiling with beadboard, a new chandelier, drywall, paint, stain and more:

front room with windowUnrecognizable, right?

Another before shot:


And after:

front room

The beadboard ceiling and chandelier is probably my favorite part of the whole house. Such a huge transformation!

ceiling close up

Here was the old living room:


After removing the wallpaper and carpet, painting everything, re-finishing the floors, and installing can lights, we have a beautiful living room:


The built-ins give so much character, and they cleaned up so well with fresh paint (Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore)!

IMG_6111Here was the old dining room:img_4575

Here’s the same view after we opened up a wall to the kitchen, stripped off the wallpaper and carpet, installed a new light, and of course fresh paint and floor stain:

IMG_6117The paint color on the whole first floor is Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore— my favorite warm, medium gray.

Here’s a look back through to the front of the house from the dining room.


We kept as much of the home’s original character as possible, including that little niche on the left in the above photo, and this cabinet:


Here’s a look at the old kitchen:


And now after new white shaker-style cabinets by Shrock, leathered black granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, new Kohler chrome faucet, new lighting, a farmhouse sink, oil rubbed bronze cup pulls, and a white subway tile backsplash:


The view of the fridge side before:


And now with a built out pantry and Samsung french door refrigerator:


Opening up the wall to create an island peninsula made the world of difference. Here was the before:


And after:


Here’s a close up of the leathered countertops, they look very cool:


This was the old archway leading to 2 bedrooms and a bathroom (you can see the marks on the wallpaper from someone smoking in the house for 40 years!)


And now:


Here was the old bathroom:

old bathroom

And now after a new subway tiled shower, gray vanity, vanity light, toilet, chrome fixtures, tub reglazing and more:

new bathroom

The vintage style hexagon flower tile from Home Depot is one of my favorite parts of the house:


We installed white shiplap on the walls:

bathroom shiplap

Here was one of the bedrooms before:

old reese room

And now with a new bronze ceiling fan, floors refinished and paint (Faint Coral by Sherwin Williams):


The 2nd bedroom before:

old fynn room

And now (paint is Nimbus Gray by Benjamin Moore):


Here was the old view of the stairs leading up to the 2nd floor:

old stairs

And now after new railings, paint, stain, a new chandelier, and roman shades:

stairs going up

Here’s a view from the top of the stairs before:


And now:

stairs looking down

We totally changed the layout upstairs. It used to be 2 small bedrooms and a TINY powder room.

old bedroomWe changed it into one big master bedroom, walk in closet and master bath.

IMG_0505Aren’t those doors leading to the walk-in closet AMAZING? The homeowners found them at a salvage shop.

Here’s a view of the opposite side of the master bedroom:


We added recessed lighting, re-finished the floors, and painted the walls Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.

Here was the old upstairs powder room:


We gutted this and built out a whole new master bathroom with a marble tile shower, Kohler Brushed bronze fixtures, antique gold mirror, marble top white vanity, chrome globe sconces and more:



(The glass shower doors went in after I took these pics).

I really love how the whole upstairs is their master retreat.

Moving down to the basement, it was straight out of the 1970’s with wood paneling and a drop ceiling.


We completely demo’d this out, and found some major structural issues that took a lot of extra work. But in the end it turned out beautiful:IMG_0507

The wall color is Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. Here’s the view of the other side before:


And now:


The cubbies are Ikea Kallax, like we have in our playroom. The homeowners have that area set up as a playroom with toys and a chalkboard on the little wall on the left.

This was the old basement bathroom:


And now:


I just love the floor tile that we laid in a herringbone pattern.

We had space for a large shower and did a dark gray and white stripe pattern with chrome fixtures:


(Again the shower doors weren’t on yet)

We also created a bedroom in the basement (wall color is Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore):

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Lastly, we created a laundry room in the basement, and used the Ikea Kallax cubbies for storage again:

That concludes the tour! It was a huge undertaking and a ton of work, but it turned out even better than we imagined. And unlike other flip/rental properties we have renovated, we actually get to enjoy this one AFTER it’s finished because our friends live there. Win, win!

If you’d like to see some of the other properties we have “flipped,” find our rental property renovation here and another “flip” we did 4 years ago here.

5 Years Later (What’s Changed)

24 Oct

Today marks 5 years since we closed on 12 Oaks, so I thought we should recap everything we’ve been able to accomplish since October 2012.

Here we go, starting with the driveway which was just gravel and so overgrown.

Here is the same view now:

The front of the house was in need of some major TLC. Overgrown weeds, old broken windows, chipped paint, etc., etc.

Front Oaks Exterior Before

After A TON of work including a new roof, windows, landscaping, door, and paint, here she is now:


Moving to the back of the house and pool, we had this mess:

12 Oaks Before 387

And now after a deck, pergola, small addition (left side of the pergola), pool fence, garbage enclosure, landscaping, etc. (More on the backyard transformation here.)


Here was the entryway/stairs 5 years ago:

12 Oaks Before 156

And now after removing the closet, putting in french doors to the now playroom, new hardwood floors, stain, paint, etc.:

See more about our stair and entryway makeover here.

Here was the living room 5 years ago which was closed off from the kitchen:

Living Room on Closing Day

And now its all one big open space with barn wood beams, new built ins, and more:


Here was the kitchen 5 years ago:


And here it is now after a full gut and kitchen remodel:img_6052

This was the dining room before:

12 Oaks Before 137

And now after opening it up to the kitchen, installing french doors to the deck, new stain, paint, lighting, etc.:

There was a weird den on the other side of the stairs:

We turned it into a fun & functional playroom:

right corner good

And built a mudroom on the other side of the playroom off of the garage:


There used to be a powder room/laundry room combo on the first floor:

We incorporated that space into the kitchen and walk-in pantry:

And then built a separate powder room and laundry room as part of the addition:

(There’s a cameo by our new kitten, Simon!)

Moving upstairs, we have the old guest bathroom:

Pink bathroom before

Which turned into what I affectionately call the “Pinterest bathroom,” after it got really popular on there, ha! (See more after pictures/sources of the bathroom here.)


This was what our master bedroom looked like 5 years ago (Go Maria Sharapova! lol)

And here it is now:

Connected to our master is the upstairs part of the addition which includes a new walk-in closet and master bathroom:

There was another Sharapova bedroom 5 years ago:

Spare Bed 1 Before

This turned into our nursery:


Another upstairs bedroom 5 years ago:

Is now our daughter’s “big girl” room:

The former master bathroom, which is now a guest bathroom, looked like this 5 years ago:

Master Bathroom

And here is the renovated guest bath now:


Lastly, here is our current guest room, which admittedly is a catch-all for old furniture. I will re-do it hopefully soon.

Whew! I’m super proud of all we’ve been able to accomplish at our home over the past 5 years, not to mention the 3 flips/income property houses we also renovated during that time, plus welcoming 2 amazing kiddos!

There’s still plenty left on our to-do list, particularly on the outside/pool area, the garage, basement, and maybe even building a barn. Thanks for following along on our journey!











Powder Room Update

24 Aug

Hey there! Stopping by to share a little update we did to our powder room. As a reminder, we added this powder room to our first floor as part of a small addition in 2014.

It looked like this when we completed it three years ago:

New Zealand 1028

And here it is today after some new fixtures, mirror and decor:

bathroom whole room

The main difference was swapping out the chrome fixtures for antique brass / champagne bronze ones. It really dresses up the room.

sink area

My favorite part of the room is this gorgeous Delta faucet.

faucet close up

We got the matching towel ring and toilet paper holder to go with it. They are very sturdy- great quality.

towel and sink horizontal

tp holder new

The purple hand towel I got from World Market last fall (almost identical one here), the purple candle is from Amazon, and the soap dispenser is also from Amazon.

sink area

The whole upgrade was actually inspired by these white, black and brass knobs I got from Target.

knobs close up

Also from Target was the gold mirror. I searched for a long time to find the perfect one without spending a ton and this fit the bill perfectly.

mirror vertical

We also added a bamboo roman shade from Levolor when we purchased these shades for the whole house last year. It really warms up the room.

toilet side vertical

I also got a new basket to hold extra toilet paper from Home Goods. It has gold and black tones to it.

tp basket

That concludes the tour! It was a simple makeover that made a big difference. For other sources from the room including paint colors see the original reveal here.

Kate’s Big Girl Room

23 May

A few months ago we moved Kate from her nursery into her new big girl room. Here is a look at the finished space!

Here’s a throwback to the room when we bought it:

We turned it into an office and then spare bedroom until now.

My inspiration/color palette for the room started from these ice cream cone decals which we put on one wall.

The walls were painted a light teal color called Raindance from Benjamin Moore. Kate enjoyed helping!

We of course got her a “big girl” bed which is a twin mattress from Mattress Firm and then we found the bed itself off Cragistlist for $50.

We DIY’d the side guardrail based off of this Pottery Barn Kids one. We put brackets on the bottom that slide over the side, so it can be easily removed.

The quilt is from Pottery Barn Kids, and the accent pillows are from Target’s Pillowfort line.

The nightstand was a hand-me-down from some friends, and the lamp is also from Target’s Pillowfort line.

I love that it is touch sensor so Kate can easily turn it on and off.

We DIY’d the heart art above the bed using old barnwood and then painting on the stripes using colors drawn from the ice cream cones. It was super easy; Kate loves it and always says that Mommy made it for her and that hearts mean love.

On the other side of the room is a sweet, little reading nook with a narrow bookshelf (similar here) and a dip-dyed canopy from Target.

I got a faux sheep skin for under the canopy from Etsy and then filled it with pillows. The watermelon pillow is from Land of Nod and the others are from Target and World Market.

The last side of the room has her dresser (from Walter E Smithe) and closet.

On top of the dresser is a gold unicorn lamp (from Target) that we use as a toddler “alarm clock.” We put a green light bulb in it and put it on a timer to turn on at 6:30 am every morning. So she knows she can’t get out of bed until the “green light comes on.” It works surprisingly well!

Lastly, here is a close up of the rug we got from Pottery Barn. It is the Addison Rug (8 x 10) in Blush. I just love the combo of the blue walls and pink rug.

I’ve really enjoyed doing kids spaces in our home and this one was especially fun. Kate absolutely loves her new big girl room and has no problem giving her old nursery to her baby brother arriving in roughly 10 weeks!