07.28.2014 / CL Mission: Dresser

I had been afraid it would take us a while to find our next flip since the summer real estate market is pretty hot, but apparently that was an unfound fear.  I’ll share all the details Friday, but this one’ll be a totally different type of project and I’m super excited!

Another project I’m super excited about is designing my soon-to-be-neice’s room!  Cutest Nephew Ever is going to be a big brother right around Halloween and it’s Auntie Karen’s job to make sure she has a beautiful room to come home to.  It’s not a very spacious room, so a big part of the design is the dresser/changing table.  If you’ve been around here long enough to remember my nephew’s nursery you may recall that I refinished 2 mid-century pieces for him (2 years later they’re still going strong!)

midcentury dresser

midcentury cabinet



The crib and the rocker will be making their way into my niece’s room, but that’s all she has currently!  Her room will be directly across the hall from my nephew’s and will practically mirror his lay-out wise.  Lucky for her, though, it’s just a smidge bigger, so I’ll be able to fit a full-size dresser/changing table.  The craigslist hunt is ON!

Since the rest of the room has yet to be designed, I’m open to any style of dresser that I can get a good deal on.  As you might be able to guess, I’m partial to antique.  I’ve got my head stuck on painting a piece gray and white which will compliment the soon-to-be sunny yellow walls perfectly, but if I find a piece in the right condition stained, that plan could certainly be revised.

This first dresser would look delightful painted, but I have a feeling it’s just a bit too large for the room.


This next one caught my eye.  I can’t quite tell how damaged it is, but I am intrigued for $50.  This one might be a partial-paint to cover blemishes, but that graining is just so pretty!  Another thing about this one is that I can’t tell the age.  If it’s newer, it might not have the best construction and not be worth refinishing, but if it is antique I’ll bet it’s solid as a rock.  With an e-mail out to the seller, we shall see.

cl dresser 2

I love the shape of this one.  It has a fresh coat of black which looks nice but would be WAY too dark for the room.  The good news here is that it’s already painted so I wouldn’t have to worry about ruining beautiful wood!

cl dresser 4

I’m also keeping my eye out for a more mid-century piece.  Might be nice for it to relate to her brother’s room a bit?  It’ll all come down to finding something in solid condition at the right price (aka cheap).  Which one would you pick?


07.25.2014 / Flip Potentials

It’s Friday and I don’t have a flip progress update to share.  I don’t know what to do with myself!  Hopefully you saw the big Grover news hidden in Wednesday’s DIY post- WE ACCEPTED AN OFFER!  YAY!  And the big cherry on top of this week is that we’re closing on Frankie today.  Finally feeling like a professional flipper!

So on to finding #4!  We didn’t have the next lined up yet since Frankie was still lingering.  There’s only so many mortgages we can handle at once and it turns out that 3 is our limit (counting the house that we actually live in).  BUT with Frankie closing today, the flip hunt begins!!!  I’m actually headed out this AM with our realtor to check out the potential.


The current short sale front-runner I’ve already checked out and we’ve already put in a lowball offer that was rejected, so I’ll be meeting with my contractor, analyzing the numbers and putting in another offer.  Me likes this one.  But it does have one gigantic red flag- basement fire damage from 50+ years ago.  You know what that translates to?  50+ years of structural damage.  Yay!  or not.  BUT if the price is right here, he could be a gem.  This one’s all about location location location- less than a mile from our own humble abode in a very desirable neighborhood.  The listing photos almost hide the fact that the kitchen’s a complete gut and the entire dining room is experiencing a fun-house tilt (just look at the built-in’s drawer for illustration).

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I’m off to see quite a few today, and according to the listing pictures, this should be interesting.  I’ll be looking at (not all in one house thankfully)

PINK trim

pink trim

paneling paradise


charming and not at all dated wallpaper/carpet pairings


and bathrooms straight out of the spa


My sledgehammer is just itching with anticipation.  Fingers crossed that we find one that the numbers make sense on!  With Grover’s success, I’m excited to jump into the next!




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07.23.2014 / DIY Leather Tassel Key Chain

Before I get to the promised DIY….. I knew there was a subconscious reason why I was putting off blogging this morning.  After waiting a day and a half for a counter of our counter offer on Grover, we JUST ACCEPTED AN OFFER!!!  We’ve been listed under a week, didn’t allow any showings until Sunday’s open house and received the offer on Monday.  So essentially we sold the house without a single showing!!!  I’m in disbelief right now.  Especially considering how long it took us to sell Frankie.  I’m going to be holding my breath until the inspection and appraisal come in, but I don’t anticipate any issues.  Dude- staging sells.  Who knew???

Ok, now I’ll get back to what I planned to share today!

I had this idea back with the first flip, but it just didn’t end up working in.  With Frankie’s closing on Friday, I wanted to leave the new owners with a little something: a hand made keychain and touch up paint for their new house.

Personalized 'kit' for the new owners of a flip

I know I’m not reinventing the wheel here with a leather tassel key chain, but it was a quick, fun DIY that I hope the new owners will appreciate.  And it cost me nothing since I already had all the supplies- even better!


All it took was 2 small rectangles of leather and a key ring.


As you can see, I marked out where to cut my tassels on the back of the leather.  I find that a rotary cutter is the easiest for cutting leather like butter.  After that it was as simple as hot gluing on the loop, then hot glue and roll the rest.

Does it get much simpler?

DIY leather tassel key chain via year of serendipity

For the touch up paint to pass to the new owners, I didn’t want to leave them the whole cans since there’s enough for me to use again.  Enter $1 mason jars and printed labels that I whipped up in 5 minutes!

Mason jar touch up paint labels via year of serendipity

I really hope that the future owners appreciate the personal touch.  No heartless flippers here!!

DIY leather tassel key chain via year of serendipity

I’m still happy dancing about the accepted offer.  :)  What a great treat for the middle of the week!


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