About six months ago we announced that we were selling our auction adventure house in order to pay off our student loans. We purchased our Retro Ranch, moved into the basement and began the renovations immediately.
Over the course of six months we painted and re-did every inch of this house. After two months we were able to move up out of the basement, and move forward with our renovation. This involved stealing every spare second from our already busy lives working jobs and taking care of our boys. This was our 3rd flip and our quickest of all three. We ended up wrapping it up faster than we planned in order to move cross country for a new job. We don’t regret this flip, but we didn’t end up making any money on it, and we definitely aren’t going to flip a house quickly again anytime soon.
OK , so now I’ll share all the before and afters, get ready to see a pretty extreme difference!
On the exterior we replaced the garage door and we painted the brown trim black. We also replaced the front door and storm door and updated the front porch. I had two extra lights from when we updated the light fixtures at our last house, so I used those on this house. I got the metal house numbers made by a local metal fabricator and I LOVE them. I think it totally gives the house a more modern feel.
The minute you walk into the door you can see the dramatic changes. We started by replacing the front door and storm door. We also tore out the carpet and replaced it with laminate flooring. Before moving upstairs we scraped the popcorn ceilings and painted all of the trim white.
The kitchen saw some pretty drastic changes. We started by demoing the exisiting kitchen. Before we even closed on the house we purchased cabinets on Craigslist. Thankfully they fit and we installed the Craigslist cabinets and new appliances. Then we painted the cabinets (our fourth house where we painted white cabinets), installed quartz countertops, and added a mosaic tile backsplash. We also added a pantry into the hallway to create additional storage.
We started our bathroom remodel by planning a $1000 bathroom remodel with a mood board. First we installed a Black Plank Tile Floor (the same floor as our last house’s bathroom). After the grout cracked we re-installed the tile floor. Then we revealed our Affordable Modern Bathroom. I really loved the way this bathroom turned out, and was especially glad we added a second sink in here.
I never shared one detail from this room, mainly because I was frustrated to be decorating a room for our daughter whose adoption process is moving P-A-I-N-F-U-L-L-Y slow. In here we painted everything, replaced flooring, replaced the light fixture, and called it good. This was her second room that she never even saw.
The boys room involved a LOT of wallpaper removing. Then we painted everything, replaced flooring, replaced the light fixture, and hung some bamboo shades. It turned out to be a really sweet little room for the boys.
In the hallway we painted everything, replaced flooring, and added faux planking to walls. I should have taken a close up on the faux planking, but just trust me, it turned out really cool.
Down here we had to tear out everything and replace the pipes under the concrete. We ended up totally building this bathroom from the ground up in just a few days! If it hadn’t been for my dad’s help we never could have finished it. The faux planking added interest but also meant we didn’t have to tape any drywall seams or corners!
We didn’t get a chance to finish the basement, so we just painted the concrete floors and painted the concrete walls. It completely transformed the entire basement, and made it useable for just a few hundred dollars. In the guest bedroom we did install an egress window, making this space safe for overnight guests.
I wish I would have done a better job of photographing and blogging through the progress. Near the end though, life just got ridiculously crazy and it took everything in us just to get the house done. If you’re considering flipping a house it can definitely be a profitable way to earn a buck. In our auction adventure house we actually made enough to pay off our student loans. Just be prepared to spend a LOT of time and money, and be prepared to handle the unexpected! Even if you’re not interested in flipping an entire house, I hope this post proved that ANY space can be brought up to date and become a space you love.
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