It’s no exaggeration, when I purchased Flip 8 it was definitely the ugliest house on the block- both inside & out. There was no curb appeal, broken windows, mismatched flooring, and several deferred maintenance items. While all of that is daunting to most buyers, it represents potential to me. I gladly accepted all of those negatives and over one month’s time, I transformed the ugly duckling. The only way to really appreciate the progress of Flip 8 is to see the before & afters that represent all the hard work!
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Transforming An Ugly Duckling House
I always have a favorite before & after from each project. For Flip 8, the exterior transformation is my favorite. The transformation of paint is always my favorite magic trick!
The brick & sidewalks were all power-washed and cleaned prior to painting. I wanted to transform the dark, orange Tudor into a bright & cheery home, so I used Behr’s Elephant Gray and Sherwin Williams Alabaster, and I absolutely love the contrast of the final product! I also made some DIY cedar shutters to accent the front, large window.
The Ugly Duckling Dining Room
The dining room was previously such an awkward space that didn’t even look like a dining room. With stained carpet, a random powder room, and poor lighting, it was not a space that invited dinner parties. With a DIY board & batten project, DIY whitewash shiplap, new flooring and better lighting and the end result looks much better. And for bonus- I got rid of the entrance to the powder bathroom.
I actually kept a lot of the bones of the living room. Even though I’m usually not a fan of tile in a living room, the tile was neutral and in good condition. For budget reasons, I kept it and worked with it. I updated the dated paneling with fresh paint, a new patio door, and added a ceiling fan/light to brighten the room.
I used PPG Breakthrough in Benjamin Moore’s Graystone on the paneling. It’s the most durable paint, and I swear by it. I gave the brick fireplace a fresh coat of paint with Benjamin Moore’s Dune White.
The kitchen saw a lot of change! The dark and dated ugly duckling (& filthy!) kitchen needed a major overhaul. And while paint did wonders on the space (always!), I ripped out old appliances, removed some cabinets, tore out paneling, had some cabinets reconfigured, replaced the countertops, added a new sink & faucet, updated the hardware & lighting, and installed a new backsplash. A lot happened in this space!
For a fun & easy DIY project, I added faux shiplap to the ends of the base cabinets (saved in my highlights on Instagram!). I definitely wanted to brighten up the space, and paint did just that! Again, I used PPG Breakthrough & painted the upper cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Dove White & the base cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Graystone.
The drop-in stove was removed, & the cabinets were widened to fit a slide-in stainless steel stove. I removed the range hood & upper cabinets above the range. I ordered a stainless steel vent hood, found some clearance subway tile at Home Depot, and replaced the countertops with prefab laminate in Formica’s Crema Mascarello.
The hall bathroom was such a bizarre space. It was incredibly dark with some very specific finishes. The oversized vanity took up a large portion of the room, the black granite tile was so dark for the space and the floor to ceiling teal on the walls did nothing to lend support. It needed a total overhaul.
I chose a smaller vanity to provide more usable space in the bathroom. I found a barn door vanity on clearance at Lowe’s for $115 (I love a great deal!). It paired perfectly with the pattern tile from Lowe’s. I updated the lighting with some sconces from Amazon, a new toilet, and new hardware from Emtek.
Each of the bedrooms were given a quick refresh. They were all in good shape just incredibly filthy. I removed all the dated, dirty carpet, replaced the broken, leaking windows and added new light fixtures. I put new carpet in all of the bedrooms, brightened the rooms with Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist– it might just be my new favorite light gray!
You may remember that I partnered with Jeffrey Court on the master bathroom renovation. This room received the biggest overhaul! I transformed the powder bathroom off the dining room into a full bathroom off the master bathroom. It took a lot of work (you can get caught up here).
I was able to finish this entire house is just over a month. It had a lot of curve balls (like having to buy a new furnace), but in the end, it went under contract in two hours! Even the closing process had hiccups & hurdles, but it closed, and I cashed out!
Each house teaches me new things- about money, about DIY, about houses, about plumbing…about everything. I’ve done 8 flips so far, and I’m still learning…and still loving it!