This journey of buying, renovating, and moving every two years has been an interesting one. A life changing one. I have renovated more kitchens in my lifetime than most people have even owned. I’ve perfected the art of packing a POD. And at the two year mark, I’ve been ready to rock and roll on to the next flip. But Flip 5 has given me pause. I think I might just sit back and stay awhile. Speaking of stay awhile, I hope you’ll stick around to see this mid-century home tour of Flip 5!
1950s Historic District House Tour
I’ve done virtually nothing to the exterior. The roof is new, so I was fortunate to avoid that big expense. In the future, I do hope to either replace or repair the windows, while also updating the color scheme to black and white. I’m not really a huge fan of the red & white, but, for now, it’ll do.
The Living Room
The living room was initially a challenge. While it’s huge, it’s oddly laid out. What wasn’t a challenge was furnishing it! I had so much fun gathering eclectic, thrifted, and unique items that make this space feel like me. Many items were purchased second hand while others were purchased on sale. I tried to be as budget conscious as possible, so, as usual for me, I perused a lot of thrift stores and flea markets to decorate the room. I think my favorite purchased item, though, is that rug. Isn’t it great (and SO affordable!).
At the advice of many readers, I turned the room into two rooms. The fireplace is the obvious focal point, so that’s the main sitting area. I turned the additional section of the room into a reading & music area. What was once a very awkward layout is now a perfect large space for entertaining (not that I do a lot of that!).
This was the portion of the room that initially gave me fits, but this was the perfect solution. With thrifted chairs and an eclectic second hand gallery wall, I love the vibe of this space. It’s the perfect little spot for my vinyls and record player. It also makes a pretty good reading spot too!
The Dining Room
I think my favorite room is the dining room. It didn’t undergo a huge transformation, but I feel like the decor really awakened the room. I went bold with cobalt blue accents, and I love the feel of this room. From a thrifted dresser I found on Facebook marketplace to a clearance table from Target, I really stretched my dollars in this room! The curtains, curtain rod, and table are all still available, and some of my favorite pieces in this room!
If it weren’t for the One Room Challenge, I probably wouldn’t have found the motivation to finish the sunroom. I’m so glad I got it finished! It’s such an adorable space! I had fun redoing it and giving it a fresh facelift! The floor was really the showstopper, and I’m so in love with how it turned out!
I’m looking forward to the cooler nights creeping in and snuggling out there with a good book! I love the classic look of this space. My next little project out here is to add some duct work out here to make it a heated & cooled space. I haven’t spent a lot of time out here during the summer since it was so hot! The windows are on the “would be nice” list to update, but they aren’t high on my priority! This room was a mixture of both hired work, like the floor, and DIY projects, like the birdcage light.
I wish this house had three bedrooms, but it doesn’t. So I’ve had to get creative! The guest bedroom serves multiple purposes. Chiefly, it functions as my office, and I use it almost daily. And I can also tell you that it rarely looks this clean! Luckily, it’s the largest of the two rooms, so that works out well.
The guest room decor is basically a hodgepodge of leftovers, thrift store finds, and staging leftovers. The guest room part rarely gets used, so I didn’t want to sink a lot of money into designing a room that wasn’t going to be used. Like I mentioned earlier, the office part gets used frequently, so I’m always working on evolving the storage and design to exist cohesively.
My little Craigs List desk has been ideal up until now. But I’m quickly outgrowing it, but I can’t seem to find something that has good design and additional storage/desk space. For now, however, my $25 desk will do! On a regular day, I’ve been utilizing the bed as additional desk space! It’s not a pretty sight, but it makes the space work!
My little retreat, and it is little, is the master bedroom. It’s such a calming and cool space. I wanted muted and soft colors. I mixed the old and the new– my design signature. My grandmother’s side table, a vintage chenille bedspread mixed with some Target and T.J. Maxx finds. I love how calming this space turned out!
The master bedroom is not large. I can barely fit a queen bed and a dresser. I had to get creative with furniture placement, and storage is always tricky! What’s your favorite part of your bedroom? For me, it’s my bed. It was a little splurge that I scored for next to nothing, and it’s like sleeping on air. I love it!
The mid-century green tiled bathroom is my favorite! The difference between a house flipper and a house restorer is the fact that I thought this bathroom was like striking gold! After restoring the green tile bathroom at Flip 3, I have a soft spot for these minty bathrooms. I wasn’t about to demolish this bathroom. For its age, it’s in pristine condition. I wanted to preserve it and bring out its charm with minimal accents.
My Golden Girls picture from my vintage Florida gallery wall definitely made a reappearance. Because the Golden Girls is always a necessity! I wanted my decor to feel authentic to the era of the home. Using some thrifted jars to create additional storage and a fun candle, and the decor is complete. This room really didn’t need a lot to make it charming!
The small little bathroom off the master bedroom is pretty cozy. Much like the green bathroom, it didn’t need any work. For its age, it’s in pristine shape. Its only downfall is that the storage is pretty non-existent. If I can find a vanity that works with the small space and the mid-century design, I may swap out the sink to create more storage. I love all the colored bathrooms of old school homes, and I hate seeing people gut them! I think they add such character!
The kitchen is such a special spot to me. I love how I was able to keep the integrity of the space but update it to more my style. I kept the cabinets from the original kitchen, but I gave them a facelift with new cabinet doors and fronts. That’s one of the easiest and affordable ways to transform the look of a kitchen. Once I got new cabinet fronts, I opted to go with a two-tone painted cabinets- and I love them! If you’re looking to update your cabinets, new doors or not, using the right paint to freshen them up is the best option!
I wanted to bring colors and warmth to the space since the original kitchen was so stark. The warm, low maintenance countertops, the bold blue cabinets, and the new area rug…I love it all! I did not want a boring, all white kitchen. I love color, and I love eclectic design, so I incorporated as much of that as I could. This space isn’t open concept– part of the mid-century design, but I also wanted to show that not all kitchens have to be open-concept to be functional and bright.
The new stove upgrade mixed with the original vintage venthood is the epitome of my style- the mix of the old & the new. While I had planned on keeping the original stove, the perks of the new one are growing on me. What I love about the finished product is how I was able to seamlessly blend some of the original and new elements. The hardware, the cabinets, the venthood…all original. But with a little lipstick, this room took on a whole new look! My only regret in this space is the floor tile– it’s extremely high maintenance, but I love how it looks!
Can you believe it was a year ago this month that I bought Flip 5. It had so much potential, and I hope my design & updates really enhanced that potential. If you know my track record, you know at this point in the game, I’d be at the half-way point to selling a house. But… I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, and I don’t think I’ll be selling Flip 5 at the two year mark.
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I hope you all enjoyed the home tour. This was a fun house to restore. This wasn’t just a fix-n-flip. This house was definitely a labor of love!