09.4.2015 / Dori the Flip House: week 10

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  My latest flip house, Dori sports the 3 L’s in real estate, but will need more than a bit of creativity to make the house sellable. You can find more about this house and about my 4 previous flip houses here.

GUYS GUYS GUYS!  This is the week I’ve been waiting for!!!!  Dori looks like a HOUSE!!!  I may be a little excited if you can’t tell.

Because kitchen.

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May I just remind you for a moment…..

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It was just bad. BAD. But now it makes sense.  The fridge and the stove will have a home.

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My favorite added feature in this kitchen is the beginnings of the peninsula/breakfast bar.  Not only is it huge for added storage and counter space, but it’s going to get bar stools and sexy pendant lights.

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There’s a bathroom in this house too, and that’s starting to look like a bathroom too!

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Now all it needs is plumbing.  And paint.  And knobs….

The bedrooms got a little love too, not to be left out.  They got baseboards and my new favorite alternative to the dreaded boob light.

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I did a whole lot of staying out of the way this week, but it’s almost time to tag back in.  There are lots of walls and trim and doors- OH RIGHT, I almost forgot and didn’t get a pic- the house got interior doors this week too!

What was I saying… oh yeah… there are lots of walls, trim, and doors that need painting now and I haven’t yet trained my houses to paint themselves.  I have lots of work to do in the next few weeks to get this baby ready to list! 23 days until she’ll officially be FOR SALE!

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08.28.2015 / Dori the Flip House: week 9

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  My latest flip house, Dori sports the 3 L’s in real estate, but will need more than a bit of creativity to make the house sellable. You can find more about this house and about my 4 previous flip houses here.

I really do wish I had it in the budget to hire my painter, but alas, I don’t.  Which means that I spent the better part of my week suited up, trying not to glob up the walls with too much primer as I took my first leap into using an airless paint sprayer.

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In order to save myself several thousand dollars on a painter and weeks of time rolling endlessly, I picked up this sprayer from Harbor Freight (on sale and with a coupon naturally).

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And in a matter of a few days, every wall and ceiling in the house got primed, and all the ceilings got 2 coats of ceiling paint, and I’m very glad to be done spraying above my head.  Well, every room except the bathroom.  I didn’t spray anything in there since I didn’t want to risk overspraying onto the new tile and the tub.  For the first time in one of my flips, I didn’t use my standard subway tile.  I won’t claim responsibility for this work, though, the only tiling I plan to do in this house is the backsplash- everything else the contractors will handle.

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Another exciting thing that happened this week is this pile of boxes- you should know what this means by now….

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Kitchen!!! AND my contractors are over at Dori as I type this installing it!  I’m still too much of a control freak to just let it autopilot, so I’ll be over there shortly to monitor progress.

In addition, a few less exciting for you to look at things that are rather exciting progress-wise for me:

All the windows and the new slider got trim, and I finally sold the old stove on craigslist!  The room looks exponentially bigger without it.

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and my electrician got back to work wiring things up so they’ll soon work.  Look!  There’s even a few light switches!  Who cares if they don’t work yet, this to me is a sign that the end is near!

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Today, the kitchen cabinets go in, the bathroom floor is getting tiled, and hopefully in the next few days, the interior doors will finally be available for my contractor to pick up and install.  This house may actually have some hope of being finished in the next few weeks!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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08.26.2015 / Crash! A NEW Era

It’s been quite a while since I posted a “Crash!” feature- almost a year actually!  Let’s not do that again.  This time, I was a house crash-er at my parent’s new (ish) house.

About 3 years ago, I shared a mini home tour (which was looking back was mostly vignettes) with you just before my parents moved out of the home I grew up in.

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For some silly reason, they wanted to live closer to their children and grandchildren.  So they sorted through 30 years of living in one home, held a huge tag sale, packed up the rest, and moved about 2 hours away.

Flashing to the present, Mom is just about as addicted to blogs as I am.  She decided to take the new house as an opportunity to reinvent her style, and reinvent she did!  She used to gravitate toward antique and Americana and now, while the antiques are still present, the home has a fresh, airy feel.

House Crash! Airy Cape Living Room via Year of Serendipity

House Crash! Airy Cape Living Room via Year of Serendipity

I am definitely a product of both my parents.  Example: the white bookcase above.  The base of the bookcase showed up in the last tour, but looking a bit differently:

Red antique buffet via Year of Serendipity

My dad built the hutch top/bookshelf and my mom refinished and painted the whole thing.  I kind of love it.  Like the true librarian she is, Mom uses stacked books throughout the house to tell a story with the titles. Notice: Homes, Not so Big House, Living in New England, and House of Dreams

House Crash! Airy Cape Book Story via Year of Serendipity

Mom’s most recent furniture refinishing project shows up in the dining room.  The antique table that I grew up abusing using, got a fresh coat of paint on the base with some light distressing.  It looks like it was meant to be this way all along!

House Crash! Airy Cape Dining Room via Year of Serendipity

House Crash! Airy Cape Dining Room via Year of Serendipity

House Crash! Airy Cape Vignette via Year of Serendipity

 

House Crash! Airy Cape Plant Window via Year of Serendipity

House Crash! Airy Cape Bathroom via Year of Serendipity

House Crash! Airy Cape Bedroom via Year of Serendipity

House Crash! Airy Cape Bedroom via Year of Serendipity

Mr. Fiddle Leaf Fig there is the sibling to my dying IKEA one.  Clearly Mom’s doing something right because he’s more than doubled in height!

House Crash! Airy Cape Bedroom via Year of Serendipity

Mom’s styling stamp is all throughout the house (with Dad’s approval of course), but his styling is evident on his dresser: vintage toy car, cut book “P” that he and Mom made a la Anthro, and a vintage cast iron mailbox bank.  Mom might have had her hand in the pile of books, though.  I believe one of the books is titled Man of my Dreams.  How delightfully cheesy are they?? (xoxo)

House Crash! Airy Cape with a Story via Year of Serendipity

Even the outside has their touches all over it.  A pop of color door with new, beefier trim around it, neutral shutter, a bountiful garden and a sweet house number sign off etsy (if my mind serves me right).

House Crash! Airy Cape with a Story via Year of Serendipity

House Crash! Airy Cape with a Story via Year of Serendipity

While they had 30 years to personalize their last home, I think my parents have done quite nicely in the relatively short amount of time they’ve been in this house- isn’t it beautiful??

If you live in the central MA or Boston area and want to see your home Crash!ed on the blog, e-mail me ([email protected]) a few pics and a bit of the story of your home.  I’d love to make this a regular feature! 

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