Master suite done at the flip house

Hello friends! I realize it has been absolutely forever since I’ve posted here. I just returned from two months of training related to my job with the National Guard and have now jumped right back into finishing the flip house.

This crazy mama has been burning the candle at both ends for awhile working on the last 10 percent of the flip. I’m hoping to get done by the middle of this month, and then I can focus on sharing more with you about this insane awesome exhausting growth experience. 😉

In the meantime, today I wanted to show you the brand new master suite at the flip that is done!

Here’s a before of the space, which previously served as an attic.

Master-Suite-before Master-suite-before-2 I had a lot of space to work with, but also a lot of challenges. I hired a wonderful contracting crew to do the build, which was the best decision ever! I was blessed to find a man at my church that came highly recommended, and he brought in his own folks to help. I won’t share names because I’m not sure they would want the publicity (plus I’m a little stingy with my contractors). 😉 But they did an absolutely amazing job.

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I also hired a drywall finisher for this space. He did a great job as well. After this project, I definitely have a new respect for the professionals that do this work.

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Here I am painting the space after the drywall was finished. My clothes are a good indicator that I am not a professional painter by any means.

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And now, for the finished bedroom space …

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The master closet is fully lit with two lights and offers a lot of room. (I took the closet doors off temporarily to spray paint them white.)

I had beautiful neutral carpet installed throughout the bedroom.

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I used my favorite white Zinsser® Ceiling Paint for the ceilings and a slightly darker grayish white called Powdered Sugar for the walls. As always, I would recommend using an eggshell finish from Valspar or Sherwin Williams for the walls. These are my favorite brands for producing a smooth, even finish. The trim got an slightly off-white, semi-gloss paint.

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I had a pocket door installed at the master bathroom entrance to avoid any obtrusive doors from swinging into the hallway or bath spaces.

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I love the versatility of the nook area. It could be used as an office or reading space, or it would also offer great separation if multiple kids are sharing this room. I particularly like the raised ceiling and recessed lighting.

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And now, for the master bathroom …

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This is probably my most favorite room in this home. I feel like the space was used perfectly. I particularly love the counter space.

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Many of you said one of the things you’d like to see incorporated into this home was built-in shelves. So I had these installed in the master bathroom. They make a great spot for keeping linens, etc.

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For the flooring, I installed luxury vinyl tile from Lowe’s, which I grouted. This is my new favorite flooring product, by the way. I’ll be installing this same tile in my own kitchen this summer.

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So what do you think of the new master suite? I believe this will make a beautiful, comfortable space for a family very soon. I am hoping they are as pleased with it as I am!

Spring backyard patio decorating

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve always stood by my claim that summer is the best season of all. But, I have to admit, spring does give it a good run for its money. I love spring for many reasons, but mostly because of all the possibilities it brings with it.

This time of year, our family likes to talk about all the fun things we want to do outside when it warms up, including heading to the lake and hitting up our favorite ice cream shack. It’s also the time of year I get inspired to put the back patio in party order.

This year, I wanted to keep it simple and spruce up our back patio by adding some budget-friendly color and texture. This space was looking rather sad after another long, Pennsylvania winter.

I decided that a rug and some new garden planters would provide the most impact without costing me a lot of money or time. I headed over to the new At Home Store in Mannassas, Virginia, to see what they had in stock for outdoor decor. (This store is not too far from where I’ve been spending the past several weeks on a business-related trip.)

This is the first time I’ve ever been in an At Home store. Oh wow. If you’re like me and you brake for shiny things, you will need to go into this store with an iron-clad game plan. I could have easily spent several hours – no days – looking at all the home-related deliciousness.

Actually, I could have spent several hours alone just perusing the Outdoor Decor Collections  in this store. 

Huge, huge, huge selection of home goodies for any budget.

I settled on this rug and two, large metallic planters for the back patio. The 5’x7′ rug from the At Home Patio section of the store was $49.99 and the planters were $69.99.

I spent a few hours scrubbing the porch and cleaning up the patio furniture, windows and siding. Then I added my new decor.

It’s amazing what a little elbow grease and budget-friendly decorating can do for a backyard space.

Have you done any outdoor decorating yet this year? I’d love to hear ideas you’ve got planned this year for Outdoor Entertaining.

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Bedroom 2 before and after at the flip house

Hello friends! I’m back with another before and after from the flip house. We’re in the process of finishing the last 10 percent of this home, and I’m hoping it will be done soon. Progress has slowed significantly since I’ve been away for job-related training over the past several weeks.

Today I wanted to show you the before and after of the second downstairs bedroom.

Here’s a journey down memory lane with the before:

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The renovation in this space included plaster patching and wall painting, ceiling and trim painting, a closet build, and installation of new carpeting. All the windows in the entire house were already replaced earlier this year, adding to the room’s updates.

Here’s what the space looks like now:

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Yes, it is quite a transformation. The wall color I chose is a Sherwin Williams color called Windstorm. I had it mixed up in my favorite Valspar Signature eggshell paint, which is less expensive but provides a really professional finish.

For the window and baseboard trim, I used my favorite Zinsser® Cover Stain® Oil Base primer, then topped that off with a coat of off-white, semi-gloss trim paint.

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I staged the space mostly with stuff I had around my own house or in the basement. The one new piece I added to the room was this adorable print by Craft Street Design:

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I’m a bit sad to let this artwork go with the house. I want to order another print from here to go in my office at home. 🙂

So what do you think of Bedroom 2 at the flip house?

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Special thanks to Craft Street Design for providing the print used in this bedroom transformation.