03.6.2015 / Millie: Week 28

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.

OMG guys, GUESS WHAT!!!

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For the first time in TWENTY-ONE WEEKS, I have not only ONE working toilet in this house, but TWO!  Isn’t that just the most exciting news???  Ok, so maybe not for you, but for me it’s huge!  My plumbers have finally been busy at work this week to get every last bit of plumbing hooked up and functional.  Hopefully they’ll be finishing up today, but as of right now I have 2 working toilets, 1 working faucet, and several other fixtures that are just about there.

AND I have a new bathroom that’s actually looking like a bathroom!

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Yes, I will be frosting the windows.  The neighbors don’t need a free show.  Unless that’s your thing and if that’s the case, feel free to unfrost the windows after you buy the house for well above asking price.

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I’m also in love with the herringbone tile that the kitchen’s getting.

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I’m doing it slowly- one row at a time so that the weight of the marble doesn’t sag and make installation more difficult.  I did, however finish and grout the area behind the sink so that the faucet could be installed.

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Imagine that gorgeousness going all the way up to the ceiling.  Dreamy, no?  The day I get to grout all this tile will be so satisfying.

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And there are appliances!  None of them have power yet- baby steps- but the fridge fits in it’s cabinet like it was made for it.  Cuz it was.

In addition to the pretty stuff, I also chipped away at some tedium.  in the form of a painted canvas ceiling.

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Although there are still 3 canvas ceilings in this house, I’m only stripping this one in the dining room.  Previous water damage had the paint bubbling and chipping.  This has to be done gently, slowly, and its tiring scraping paint over your head.  But preserving this super cool ceiling will be totally worth it.  Can we say selling feature?

Yesterday my sister lent a hand taping off all the trim in the living room to prep for the plasterers, giving me time to actually tackle the embarrassingly huge mess that I showed you last week.  While the room isn’t empty yet, PROGRESS!

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As soon as I can get the plasterers in to smooth out all the walls, this first floor is going to look spectacular.  Aside from infinite tiny details that I feel like I’ll be working on until eternity, things are starting to look like they’ll be finished very soon!

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03.2.2015 / DIY Book Planter

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As I mentioned last week, we had around $10 to go thrifting, then send those treasures to another blogger for an awesome makeover.  The time has come to reveal what I’ve done with the treasures that Jessica at Decor Adventures sent me!

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Of the 4 items sent, the frame and the book called out to me.  The task was to transform these thrifted items.

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The frame was the simple transformation.  From the moment I saw it, it said “tray” to me.  What does a frame need to turn into a tray?

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Feet (which are actually IKEA knobs) and a little spray paint, clearly.

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I put some scrapbook paper in place of the photo.  You could also easily put a fun fabric there or switch it out with your decor.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

My pet project, though, was the book.  I’m addicted to styling with books if you haven’t noticed.  My first thought was to hollow it out and create a secret ‘safe,’ but that project, while useful would have been, well, safe.  And let’s face it, plants are always more fun.

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This was such a simple project but was more time consuming than I anticipated.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

The most tedious part of this project was hollowing out the book.

page.  by.  page.

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#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

I cut a hole to fit the tupperware, then trimmed the tupperware to the height of the book.

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Once cut, I glued the interior, put a piece of parchment paper between the pages and cover to prevent it all from getting glued together, then I clamped.

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#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

While waiting for the glue to dry, I made a big mess with succulents.  Fingers crossed that if I ignore these, they’ll stay alive!

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With the book dry, I put everything together and started swooning.  Why didn’t I do this sooner??

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

Thanks Jessica for the challenge!!  Head over to 58 Water Street and check out what Colleen did with the items that I sent her!

There will be a week full of these awesome projects, today’s the first day, but you should head over and check out what these other lovely ladies are doing!

Day 1

 

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02.27.2015 / Millie: Week 27

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.

This was the week I needed at this flip.  Millie finally turned a corner!  More rooms are painted than not, and it’s starting to feel like it’s going to be a liveable home in the very near future #happydance

All 3 bedrooms are painted, have lights, switches AND outlets!

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And the artist formerly known as the pink room has shiny, polished up floors.  While the first floor hardwoods are getting sanded and refinished, the second floor started out in better shape and just needs some spiffing up.  My very helpful mom volunteered some time this week and made the floor in the newly yellow room shine like the top of the Chrysler building (using the same product that I used to shine up Frankie’s floors- Rejuvinate Floor Restorer)

The other rooms still need some floor love but are looking rather spiffy otherwise.

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The upstairs hallway also followed suit with the bedrooms, making the entire 2nd floor close to completion.

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Next we take to the kitchen where not only did the countertops get installed, but the walls got covered in backer board and are ready for tile!

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Against my Realtor’s recommendation, I went with black granite and I stand by my choice 110%.  The room is going to get so bright once I install this tile all the way to the ceiling.

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On the other side of the room, I extended the countertop past the cabinet and over the radiator to create a bit of a breakfast bar.

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I’m thinking these IKEA bar stools would fit in perfectly.

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The room that’s really making me smile this week is the new master bathroom.  While it’s still plumbing-less until next week, the walls are finally 100% done, it has working light fixtures, a medicine cabinet, and a really sexy vanity top.

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I still have to modify the drawers to accommodate the plumbing, but one step at a time here people.

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It’s getting pretty awesome in this room, I won’t lie.  Remember how it wasn’t a bathroom 27 weeks ago?

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I think this room has found it’s calling.

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I’m still working on figuring out the right stain combination to match the new door and trim pieces to the existing trim.

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And just so you don’t think I’m getting all spoiled with these working lights, outlets and fancy countertops, the living rooms still look like this….

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But, at least the bathroom’s pretty!

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