New red front door at the flip house

Hello friends! I am currently in the final push at the flip house, which means I’m putting in some long hours trying to get a lot of stuff knocked out quickly. Things are changing fast around here and it’s exciting, yet exhausting! And there is still much to do. But I love taking time out to share the progress with you.

Today I wanted to share my absolute favorite transformation at this house so far – the red front door. It came out even better than I imagined in my head and I am absolutely thrilled with the result.

Let’s take a look at the before of the front entrance, shall we?

Front-porch-before

And without the storm door …

Door-before

I picked up a white-primed, Craftsman-style steel door off the shelf at Lowe’s for about $220 to replace the inefficient and not-very-safe old door. I chose a door and jam combination to keep the installation as simple as possible. Buying a door off the shelf is typically about half the price of special ordering one.

Door-in-jam

Because of the cold outdoor temps around here, it was important for me to paint the door inside prior to installation.

I chose Modern Masters® Front Door Paint in Sophisticated – a rich, deep red. This paint’s claim to fame is that it never fades.

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When painting doors, I always start with the recessed area of the panels, then work my way out from there.

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Here’s what one coat of the Sophisticated color looks like:

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I ended up applying three coats total to get the uniform, rich color I was going for.

Removing the old front door and securing the new jam in place was a tricky job. Thank heavens I had my amazing husband and dad there to help me with that portion of the project!

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Here’s what my front door looks like now:

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I absolutely love this Sophisticated color!

Later this week, I’ll be adding some 50s-style “jewelry” to the front door, sharing details about the hardware, and giving you a full tour of all the accessories I’ve added to the front porch.

Finally, I wanted to share that, while I was taking these photos of the door today, a neighbor from across the street commented on how beautiful this home is becoming and how much he loved the view out his window now. Made my day! :)

Special thanks to Modern Masters for providing, at my request, the front door paint used on my door. As always, all opinions and projects are 100-percent mine. 

Follow this flip: Bathroom before and after

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Hello friends. I don’t know about you but we are buried in snow this weekend! There is about two feet of it outside our door right now. So the fam is inside enjoying a much-needed movie, snack and lounge-around Saturday. So fun!

Today I am thrilled to share with you the “after” photos of the downstairs bathroom at the flip house. This particular room was supposed to be just a quick cosmetic update (ha!) but it quickly turned into a complete gut job. However, I am happy to report it is now done and I couldn’t be happier with the results. :)

This was the room that I officially cut my construction teeth on, so to speak. There were a lot of challenges and a huge learning curve, to be sure. But ultimately, I’m glad I went with a total overhaul of this space.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look through some “before” pics.

Bathroom-before- Bathroom-before-1 Bathroom-before2Bathroom before sinkAnd here’s a look at the renovation mid-stream.

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Check out the video below, where I show the room in the “messy middle” part of the rehab.

The only things I salvaged from this space were the cast-iron bathtub, which is in perfect condition, and the ceiling.

And, drumroll please … here’s the “after.”

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After I demolished the walls and took out the flooring, vanity and shower, I hung and finished new drywall. Then I painted the ceiling and walls. I painted the ceiling with Zinsser® Ceiling Paint (Paint & Primer in One).* This product goes on light pink and dries to a bright white, so you can see exactly where you’ve painted. I’m using this paint on all the ceilings throughout the house. It’s water-based, so you can clean it up easily with soap and water.

Painted-ceiling

For the walls, I chose Valspar Ancient Stone (347-2) from Lowe’s. Nicole Curtis of the show “Rehab Addict” used this color in many of her flips in seasons 1 and 2 of her show. This is a beautiful warm neutral shade. I love it so much, I may use the same color in the upstairs master suite of the flip house.

After paint came the flooring. I installed 12×24-inch luxury vinyl “sticky” tiles from Lowe’s. I chose the Oyster Travertine groutable tiles. They cost a little over $1 per square foot.

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For the grout, I mixed up a combo of the Antique White and Saddle Gray colors. The installation of these tiles was super easy and I’m so happy with the results. I’ve installed sticky tiles before (about 12 years ago) and I had trouble with some of them staying sticky back then, so I was leery to try the product again. But these seem to stick really well and I think the grout really helps seal and keep everything in place. I’ll be installing a similar version of these in my own kitchen this spring. This floor is inexpensive but I think it looks high-end, don’t you?

I updated the nasty built-in cabinetry that was previously used as a linen cabinet by removing the old doors, adding shelf bottoms, priming and painting the heck out of the shelves and adding decorative fronts and molding to them. Total cost to update this linen closet? $10! (I apologize; I don’t have any “before” shots of these shelves. #bloggerfail)

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You’ll also notice I updated the door hardware to include a knob set that actually has a lock on the bathroom door. I chose the Schlage® Keep It Private Bed & Bath set, which cost me about $20.

For the sink and vanity, I chose this unit from Lowe’s. It was fairly inexpensive and the size worked really well in the space. I loved that it already had the top built in. The faucet was off the shelf at Lowe’s as well.

Bathroom-vanity Sink-closeup

I spent a little bit extra to get a mirror with a medicine cabinet because of the need for more storage in this bathroom.

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This one worked well with the color of the vanity. Again, it was off the shelf at Lowe’s.

The towel rack beside the sink is from the Liberty Hardware™ Design + Combine line. The one I chose is available at Home Depot, I believe.

Towel-hookThe other bathroom accessories are mostly from from T.J. Maxx and Hobby Lobby.

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Vanity-top

The stuff we did that you don’t see or may not notice in the pictures? Insulation, new toilet, new tub and shower fixtures, new wiring, new plumbing, new ceiling fan, new light fixture, new molding around the window, new baseboard and ceiling molding …

All together, I have a little over $1,200 invested in this bathroom. What do you think of the exhausting 😉 transformation?

Bathroom-before-and-after

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Special thanks to Rust-Oleum® for providing the ceiling paint and to Liberty Hardware for providing the towel rack used in this space. As always, all opinions, projects, and blood, sweat and tears are mine. 

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Carport renovation on a tight budget

Hello friends! I hope you are having a spectacular 2016 and that you believe, as I do, that this year will be your best.year.EVER! :)

At the moment, I’m still neck deep in the house flip. This is the “messy middle” part, which means I’ve got more work ahead than what’s behind, and I’m feeling tired and overwhelmed. But … I am forging ahead one day at a time, focusing on the vision in my head and that glorious day when I’ll have an open house for all my family, friends, neighbors and curious passersby. That day, I know all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into this project will be worth it! I am looking forward to that moment more than you can imagine. :)

In the meantime, I wanted to take a minute and show you the work I’ve completed in the carport of the flip house. This was one area where I really had to put the squeeze on the budget. In other words, I had to get really creative about what I could do to freshen up the space without changing it structurally or spending a bunch of money.

Let’s take a look at the “before,” shall we?

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Carport-beforeCarport-ceiling-beforeI started by emptying out the junk, scrubbing the siding, cleaning up the entrance, and scraping off any loose paint from the ceiling.

Then primer and paint became my BFFs for about 4 days.

To get good stain coverage on the ceiling and walls, I applied a thick coat of Zinsser® Cover Stain® Oil-Base Primer. When I suspect I may have issues with water stains or wood knots bleeding through the paint, I don’t mess around with anything else to try and hide them. I use this primer to knock out the problem with one coat. Period. In the past, I’ve used water-based primers because, well, I prefer the ease of soap and water cleanup. But there is just no substitute for a good oil or shellac-based primer for hiding stains. Cover Stain is my absolute, hands-down, all-time favorite for this purpose, especially for exterior applications. It’s quite affordable, too, at about $20 a gallon, and it saves work in the end.

After priming, I finished off with a thick coat of Rust-Oleum® 2x One Coat Solid Stain (in white).*

For the floor, I used Rust-Oleum® EPOXYSHIELD® Concrete Floor Paint in Armor Gray Satin. This product goes on smoothly and quickly and I think the color is just gorgeous. I got the entire first coat rolled on in less than an hour.

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I would definitely recommend when using this product that you have dry weather in the forecast and an ambient temperature above 50 F. I’ve got a few spots to touch up because we got an unexpected rain shower and it kept the paint from adhering properly.

Between the white walls and ceiling and the newly painted floor, this space now looks fresh and bright.

Carport-after-low-resSide-door-after

I also removed the broken ceiling light and replaced it with this inexpensive fixture. I think it ties in well with the front porch light.

Carport light after

What do you think of this budget-friendly transformation?

Before-and-after-carport

If you’re curious about what the inside of the house looks like right now, check out this video I made and be sure to enter to win a $50 Duluth Trading Company gift card, too.

Later this week, I will be sharing the finished downstairs bathroom. I am so excited because I think it looks amazing! Stay tuned.

Special thanks to Rust-Oleum for providing, at my request, the white solid stain and gray floor paint I needed to complete this project. As always, all opinions are 100 percent mine. 

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