04.4.2014 / Grover: Week 3

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  Check out  more about this flip, Grover, or check out posts about our last flip HERE.

This week I made a mess.  A big mess.


I’m waiting until the contractor gets started to bring in a dumpster due to the limited parking situation at the house, so until then, the dining room and garage will be less than spotless.  You might also notice, Mr. Sledge Hammer, and Miss Built-in had a bit of a fling.  Looking better already, I think!

The partial kitchen demolition was driven by necessity.  See that little black box where the sink will be?  It’s actually a heater that will replace the one that’s on the wall that’s coming down.  (I cannot WAIT for the wall to come down!)


Even though the kitchen’s starting to come apart, I spent about 80% of my week in the smallest room of the house.

Remember how there used to be a VERY blue bathroom?  The lone blue toilet is all that’s left.  I’m kind of in love with this picture.


All of the tile is gone with the exception of a few behind the toilet.  The driving factor for this surprisingly speedy bathroom gut is peaking out there on the right.  Do you see it?

That’s right….. a NEW TUB!  In the last house, I painted the painfully pink tub and I decided to try something different here.  Although it cost about double, in this smaller bathroom, the dated style tub was pretty in-your-face.  The new tub in combination with the more open layout I’m planning will make this bathroom feel probably double the size as when I bought it.


No, I haven’t forgotten about the lone blue toilet.  He’ll be ousted as well, but, being the only toilet in the house, he is still has an important role.

If you own a house, or ever plan to, please take note.  This is NOT how to wire ANYTHING.  Hiding things like this and open junction boxes behind cabinets is not even close to the right way to do it.  Just don’t.  Your house will thank you.


While my plumbers were doing their thing with the tub and heater, I started roaming the house looking for smaller tasks to tackle.  You already saw the scallop-less built-in, but I also spent quite a bit of time in the bedrooms.  Let the paint prep begin!!


The walls now totally remind me of having chicken pox as a kid and being spotted with calamine lotion.  Don’t worry, Walls, you’ll be feeling/looking better in no time!

And now that I’ve started off my Friday by anthropomorphizing walls, a built in, a sledge hammer, and a toilet, I think it’s time for me to go smash a kitchen.

Have a great weekend!!

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03.28.2014 / Grover: Weeks 1 & 2

The computer gods are not smiling on me today.  I’m currently blogging from Hubby’s PC because attempting to plug an unapproved iphone cable into my Macbook caused it to implode (ok, maybe not implode, but suddenly go dark and not turn back on). boooo.  It has a dr. appointment at the Apple store this afternoon.  Wish me luck!

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  Check out  more about this flip, Grover, or check out posts about our last flip HERE.

I know I just introduced you to Grover last week, but this is technically the end of week 2.  Light demo started last week as I tried to work out my plans for this house.  With previous flips, I had my gameplan prior to closing and went in guns blazing on closing day, but since we closed on this when I was still finishing up Frankie, that was not the case here.  Good news, though, I have it figured out!  Now I just have to execute my plans…. the easy part…. right?

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve succeeded in making the house look worse.  It has to get worse before it gets better though.  (apologies for the quality iphone pics…. must remember to bring good camera…)

Original hardwood floors were hidden by horrific laminate.  They’re covered in carpet adhesive and have a bit of pet staining, but they are going to buff up nicely!  To quote Nicole, HGTV’s Rehab Addict “Why in the hell would you cover that up?!”


Those floors are really what I’m most excited about.  Especially since I’m planning to rip out the icky, stinky, linoleum in the kitchen:

kitchen floor

and replace it with gleaming new hardwood floors in there too!

kitchen floor wood

Since the hall and bedrooms still have the original hardwood floor as well, completing the wood in the kitchen will make it hardwood floor throughout.  Swoon.

I haven’t smashy smashy’d the kitchen yet, I’ve been focusing on much more tedious tasks such as tearing down multiple layers of wallpaper and removing tile in the bathroom.

wallpaper floor

Ah wallpaper… what a fun task…  Thankfully, the hallway will be wallpaper free by the end of today (Wallpaper detail post coming next week, per request).  I’ve spend most of my week in one of the smallest areas of the house.

wallpaper hall

So far I have located 5 different wallpapers in the house.  2 layers in the hall, 2 hidden behind the bathroom mirror, and 1 that was painted over many many times in the kitchen.  Isn’t the lollipop poodle cute?

poodle wallpaper

Since this was painted over SO MANY TIMES (and I’m taking down half of the wall anyway) I’m not actually removing it.  It’s cemented in there by now and aside from at the switchplates, you can’t tell there’s any wallpaper there anyway.

And speaking of amazing wallpapers, when Handy Dad and I pulled down the bathroom mirror to find another remnant of wallpaper, “WOW” was the only word.

upic wallpaper

Let me assure you, it’s much more impressive in person.  Neon green with gold glitter.  I’m framing this!

I have also started the de-blue-ification of the bathroom.  Bye bye blue tile.

bathroom progress1

Although I’m all for embracing retro tile if they’re good quality, this tile was not.  The previous owners had even covered part of it up in the shower with cheap paneling.  shower wall

They had apparently taken a part of the original tiled wall out and layered up 3 sheets of backer board under the paneling… not exactly the way it should be done.  The shower will soon be gutted and done the right way.

The much less messy (and subsequently less interesting) things that have also been accomplished in the past 2 weeks are:

-getting quotes from electrician, contractor, flooring guy, window guy

-planning out the IKEA kitchen

-working out the budget

I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but with each house, it feels less daunting.  My next step is to work out the timeline and schedule.  What needs to happen in what order to be most efficient?  I really can’t wait to get the kitchen wall down and get the floors in, though.  I just hope it’s half as epic as the picture I see in my head!

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03.21.2014 / Meet Grover

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  Check out  posts about our last flip HERE.

Flip #3 has officially commenced!

We closed on Grover just over a month ago when I was still finishing up with Frankie, so he got put on hold until I was ready to dig in.

WARNING: lots of pics of a dingy house ahead!



Lucky for me, the exterior doesn’t need a TON of attention…. new lamp post, new mailbox, cleaning up, etc.  The inside requires much more attention.  I swear it gets worse the further in the house you get.

Just inside the front door, you find the very red living room with the worst laminate floor in history.


Why yes, that is door trim used as base board in half of the house.

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Bad paint jobs, dingy trim, foggy windows, and dated built-ins are the things flipping dreams are made of.


Guess what wall I’m hoping to take down!  It is structural, so it’ll take engineering and permits, but I think the results will be worth it for resale.


Yes, that is another fake wood laminate.  Not the worst kitchen by far, but oh so dated.  JUST WAIT until you see what I turn it into.  The possibilities make me giddy.


But it just keeps getting better.  On the way to the bedrooms and bath, you hit this lovely hallway.  Which has multiple layers of wallpaper.


And then comes the bathroom.






The bedrooms don’t need a total overhaul, just a bit of love.

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I swear my camera wasn’t broken- the colors in this house play tricks on your eyes.

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And in the basement there’s a very strange room that I’m not quite sure what to make of….


And last but not least….. the neon seafoam garage…


I certainly have my work ahead of me with this house!

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