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Income Property Reveal

1 Oct

We’re officially landlords! We put the finishing touches on our rental property this week and have tenants moving in today. We are SO pleased with how the home turned out and thankfully had an easy time finding good tenants.

Here is a before look at the front exterior of the home:

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And now it looks like this:

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Admittedly, not much of a transformation, but we did rip out all the overgrown bushes and plant some boxwoods and other plants. We also replaced the light over the front door, had a new screen door custom built, and stained the front door.

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The home desperately needs an exterior paint job, which is on our radar for next year.

The back yard was also very overgrown and there was a hole in the garage roof.

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After replacing the garage roof and ripping out those bushes, it looks like this:

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Moving inside is where the big transformation happened. The kitchen looked like this before:

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And now after new stainless steel appliances, cabinets, granite countertops, arabesque tile backsplash, new hardwood floors, paint (Analytical Gray by Sherwin Williams), lighting and more:

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Here’s the other side of the kitchen.

 

And view from the dining room.

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Here was the dining room before:


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And now after new paint (Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore), crown molding, lighting, hardwood floors, baseboards, and more:

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The other side of the dining room looking into the living room used to look like this:

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And now:

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Into the living room, it used to look like this:

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We updated the fireplace, added sconces (from Home Depot), an overhead drum light, and continued the paint, crown, baseboards and new floors.

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For the fireplace, we replaced the paneling with new drywall, painted the brick white, stained the mantle, and updated the tile on the hearth.

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The other side of the living room looked like this.

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And now:

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I just love all the arches throughout the home.

Here’s a before & after of the hallway leading to the bathroom and bedrooms:

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The bathroom looked like this before:

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And now after adding a subway tiled shower, refinishing the bathtub, adding a new black vanity (from Home Depot), toilet, lighting, beadboard, and more:

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We were able to save the vintage floor tile, which fits the home perfectly. Here’s a look at the other side of the bathroom.

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The two bedrooms looked like this before:

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And now with new ceiling fans, paint, baseboards and hardwood floors:

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Upstairs used to be unfinished:

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We made it into a 3rd bedroom or bonus space by adding new lighting, HVAC, carpet, paint (Gray Owl as well), baseboards, and more.

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It is a huge space and nearly doubles the square footage of the home.

Before:

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After:

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We absolutely loved bringing this old home back to life and look forward to having this income property for many, many years to come.

Operation New Bathroom: The Reveal

3 Mar

Our new guest bathroom is finally complete! Its been a labor of love and we did every single thing in this room ourselves except for the electrical rldrk, so we are especially proud.

Before we show all the after pictures, let’s reminiscence about how it looked when we moved in.

Pink bathroom beforeWe demo’d it completely soon after and started from a clean slate.

And now here is our brand new guest bathroom!

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IMG_2647Since the last bathroom update, we added our DIY towel ladder (step-by-step here) and decorated the vanity with baskets, towels, etc. We also added pulls to the top to look like a drawer.

IMG_2672We hung a couple large wooden keys above the toilet and added a little tray over the toilet which holds a blue Ball jar full of cotton swabs, a candle and some shells. We brought in a little bit of Ben’s homeland with the kina shells from New Zealand.

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Ben installed a beautiful new window and we hung an inside mount bamboo shade from Home Depot.

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Just for fun, I put together this little collage of all of the little details of the room.

Bathroom collageWe’re so happy with the way everything turned out, and are even happier to call the first space at 12 Oaks D-O-N-E!

If you want to see how we got to the big bathroom reveal, check out Part I (drywall, tile backer, lights), Part II (tile, grout, wood wall planks) and Part III (vanity, trim, sconces, fixtures).

Finally, I wanted to share a big ole source list, including paint and grout colors, for anyone who is wondering where to get anything.

Wall paint: Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue; floor tile: white marble from Home Depot, tub/shower tile: white subway tile from Home Depot, vanity (including marble top): Home Decorators (also available on Amazon here); faucet: Delta from plumbingdepot.com; shower curtain: Kohls; light fixtures and “hidden” fan: Home Depot; towel ladder: DIYed for $16 (here’s how); toilet: Glacier Bay from Home Depot; mirror: Home Decorators; floor mat: World Market; bamboo blinds: Home Depot; bathtub/shower fixtures: Delta from Home Depot; grout: Mapei’s Frost color; baskets and over toilet tray: World Market; faux flowers: World Market; soap pump: Target; Ball jar: Antique find from Lake Geneva, WI; flower vase: TJ Maxx (similar one from World Market); tissue holder: Home Goods; clam shell: Fiji from our honeymoon; starfish: Michaels; wooden keys: Grandinroad; sconces (including vintage light bulbs and glass shades): Lowe’s; striped towels: Pottery Barn; white and gray towels: Target; glass canister set: Crate & Barrel; white pot and faux plant: Ikea; toilet paper holder: Moen from Plumbing Depot; kina shells: New Zealand; window: Studio 41; curved shower rod: Home Depot.

I think that covers about everything. Now on to the next million projects which include the last spare bedroom which was being used as a work zone for the bathroom, new windows, taking out the main wall in the living room and an addition. Yup, big plans.

Operation New Bathroom Part II

18 Feb

It’s been a few weeks since I updated you on the guest bathroom, so here it goes….

When I last left off we had hung drywall, tile backer, installed lights and then put in the underfloor heating.

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We now have all the tile laid and grouted and the wood wall planks hung, primed and painted.

Here’s what things are looking like as of this morning.

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The wall color is Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. We went with the classic white subway tile in the shower. The grout color for both the shower and floor is Frost by MapeiIMG_2506

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Didn’t Ben do an amazing job on that tile work? He laid it all himself and I helped grout, which was a lot easier than I had imagined. Just mix, trowel into all the crevices, and then wipe the excess away with a big sponge. Just watch out for any air bubbles. Seriously, if I can do it, you can do it.

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Ben installed all the tongue and groove wood on the walls and we painted it over the weekend. He also installed that 1″x 1″ in piece of wood where the wood and tile butt together (seen above). Genius, I tell ya.IMG_2507

Here’s a look at the room before paint. Quite the difference a coat of paint makes!IMG_2458

We’re really happy with the way it’s coming together!

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Next up: baseboard, crown molding, patching and painting the ceiling, and then installing the toilet, vanity and sconces. Almost there!

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