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!

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.

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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.

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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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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?

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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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Christmas decorations around our home

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share some of the Christmas decorations we’ve put up around our home. If you’re anything like me, you love taking a peek at all the festive decorations around your neighborhood and in blogland. It always puts me in the holiday mood.

This year, I kept things pretty simple. In other words, I didn’t fret over every small detail, mostly because I’m so busy with the flip house. And I let the kids help – a lot! I have to admit, it felt pretty good to let myself off the hook and not try to get everything perfect. I should let myself off the hook more often. 😉

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In the living room, we switched to an artificial tree with flocking.

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Are you a faux-tree or real-tree family? We’ve tried both. I left it up to my husband this year, and he said to go ahead and put up the fake tree. Less mess, I guess. 😉

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I like to go with more of a natural, woodland feel in the living room. I fell in love with these faux-fur stockings last year and snatched them up at Target.

Wooden-reindeer

I fill my little woodland reindeer with white Poinsettias every year. The only challenge is remembering to water them. 😉

Nativity-set

This tiny nativity set is my most favorite decoration of all. I picked it up while on a mission trip to Guatemala. It is one of the few material objects in my home that I feel truly sentimental about. It is a constant reminder of the true reason for the season.

Christmas-village

We usually set up our Christmas village on the TV stand. It is so hard for our little guy to keep his hands off this. 🙂 This year, our daughter set it up. Didn’t she do a great job?

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I’m really enjoying this coffee table Christmas book, “Christmas at America’s Landmark Houses.” I got a complimentary copy to review. I would absolutely LOVE to get the chance to visit many of these homes in person at Christmastime. They are absolutely stunning! Also, check out the cute wool throw blanket I picked up at the thrift store the other day. Score!

The dining room is where I go full-on red and green.

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I think the holidays are a great time to bring out sentimental family pieces, don’t you?

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Our dining room table features china and glasses handed down from Matt’s Grandma Delger.

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I like to keep my dining room decorations very traditional. I even like to add whole nuts, which seem to be a hit with guests. I displayed them in a basket we got from Matt’s Aunt Cherie, who passed away earlier this year.

I’m also looking for a very special place to display a doilie from Matt’s Grandma Penning, who went to be with the Lord recently. It’s been a rough year for our family. These very special ladies knew the Lord, so we know we’ll be reunited again one day.

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The space above my kitchen cabinets is a great place to display Christmas decorations.

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And I always like to put a few Christmas touches in our downstairs bathroom, for guests to enjoy.

Have you finished decorating for the holidays yet? What is your favorite sentimental decoration?