04.24.2015 / Millie: Bathroom Reveal!

I hope you enjoy these 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.

After a week of reveals, we’ve finally reached Friday and the last space inside the house to show you: the family bathroom!

Originally it was giving me a bad case of the blues.  A very bad case.

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But no more

Millie the Fliphouse family bathroom reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse family bathroom reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse family bathroom reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse family bathroom reveal via Year of Serendipity

One of the key things that I did in this bathroom to make it feel so much larger was to pull both the sink and the tub of the floor.  Now that you can see the tile floor continuously, the bathroom feels much more spacious.

Millie the Fliphouse family bathroom reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse family bathroom reveal via Year of Serendipity

And the shower curtain still makes me weak in the knees- SO perfect for the space!

Millie the Fliphouse family bathroom reveal via Year of Serendipity

Aside from my sheer excitement to be wrapping up all the interior work, I’m also very relieved that the yard didn’t fare too terribly over the winter.  After all the time and energy that I spent on it last fall I was afraid that it would be back to a mess this spring.  Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

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Same house, same vantage point, but it looks a bit different, no?

Millie the Fliphouse exterior reveal via Year of Serendipity

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While not in bloom quite yet, the view on this charming little street/walkway has changed for the better and the neighbors couldn’t be more happy.

Millie the Fliphouse exterior reveal via Year of Serendipity

Who knew this…

Millie the Fliphouse exterior reveal via Year of Serendipity

was hiding under all this?

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And this, I kid you not…

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turned into this (disclaimer: when I say turned into, I do mean took many many hours of sweat and hard labor).  For a reference point- the holly filling up the left of the before pic is the nicely trimmed holly bush to the right of the porch.

Millie the Fliphouse exterior reveal via Year of Serendipity

I couldn’t be happier with the transformation that this house has gone through!

If you missed the rest of my week of reveals, go check out the kitchen, bedrooms, master suite, and living areas.  I dare you not to want to live here!

I’ll leave you with one last picture.  This image is of one of the basement murals and I think it’s a great way to conclude this renovation.

Sunset and Journey’s End

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04.23.2015 / Millie: Living and Dining Reveals!

I hope you enjoy these 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.

Let’s recap the week so far:

Monday I showed you my favorite room in the house, the kitchen

Tuesday we took a nap in the upstairs bedrooms

Yesterday we found sanctuary in the new master suite

Today reveal week continues on the main floor!

When I got the house it just looked dreary.  She was a sad house.  It was once beloved, but it’s maintenance fell to the wayside as it’s owners and the home itself aged.  I didn’t put the dining room and living rooms  through significant renovations like the kitchen or former reading nook had, but now they are so much cleaner, smoother, fresher, and cozier than they started.

Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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I scraped painted over wallpaper, repaired plaster and ceilings, got the walls skimcoated, painted, polished lots of wood trim, and had the floors refinished.  Look at those floors shine!

Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Not drastic, but the ceilings are smoother, the makeshift shutters are gone, and now the woodwork is the star.

Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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The gorgeous woodwork all got polished and the 8 delicious vintage fixtures all got rewired (along with the entire house).

Millie the Fliphouse Living Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

The dining room is the mostly the same story as the living rooms with the addition of canvas ceilings (which got stripped and repaired) and it started with horribly textured and damaged walls.

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Millie the Fliphouse Dining Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse Dining Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse Dining Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Dining Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Millie the Fliphouse Dining Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Dining Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Dining Room Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Tomorrow I’ll conclude my week of reveals with the family bathroom that just makes me smile, a revisit of the exterior work that I spent my entire fall working on, and any other goodies I haven’t shared yet.

I’m so sick of working on this house, but wow is it a cool place.

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04.22.2015 / Millie: Master Suite Reveal!

I hope you enjoy these 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.

So far we’ve visited the finished kitchen and upstairs hallway and bedrooms.  Today we visit the new master suite!

If you’ll remember, this master suite did not exist when I bought the house.  Changing this den/reading nook into a master bedroom and bathroom added the most value to this house of anything I did.  It took it from a 3 bed, 1 bath to a 4 bed, 2 full bath.

It’s nice to be reminded of where it started.

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Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Oh 70s paneling.

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Aaaahhhhhh, no more paneling, wallpaper, or crazy wall texture over wallpaper.  Nice smooth walls.

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Luckily, I didn’t need to do much to transform this room into a bedroom.  It already had a pocket door at the entry and built-ins.  All I needed to do was close off a pass through to the kitchen and create a sweet bathroom in the reading nook off to the side.

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Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

The pass-through to the kitchen combined with 2 small back to back closets are now a pretty walk in closet.

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Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

No more pass through.

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

The built-in just got minor repairs and some new paint.  Please please PLEASE refrain from painting cabinet hardware.  Especially blue.  The last owner LOVED blue.

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Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

I saved a light from the entryway which may have been original to the house and used it in here.

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

To create a new bathroom, we enclosed this little reading nook and built a new pocket door- complete with salvaged leaded glass to match the rest of the house.

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Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

I did have to sacrifice the canvas ceiling in this little reading nook, but I think the bathroom was a worthwhile trade.

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The bathroom got shiplap walls, a claw foot tub, a dresser-turned-vanity, and naturally, a toilet.

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

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Luckily we were able to salvage enough plate rail removed from the bathroom to patch in for the new smaller opening in the bedroom.

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to live in this master suite.  You (I) had me at clawfoot tub.

Millie the Fliphouse Master Suite Reveal via Year of Serendipity

Maybe in my next house (that I live in), I’ll build one for myself.

Tomorrow I’ll show off the living roomS and dining room!

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