Flip house before and after (Left-Behind Ranch)

Hello friends! It’s been a whirlwind late summer/fall and I have sooooo much to share with you. I’ll just have to do it one post at a time. 😉

Perhaps you’ll recall the launch of our most recent flip house project – I called the place “Left-Behind Ranch.”

I originally planned for this flip to take about 14 weeks from start to finish. Well, like so many things in life, plans change …

Due to a pipeline project in our state, which has brought an influx of temporary work crews, there’s been a huge need for vacant rental properties in our area. Soooooo, long story short, we decided to turn Left-Behind Ranch into a rental home temporarily.

That meant the timeline for completing our renovations on the place shifted from 14 weeks to THREE WEEKS. Yes, I had to completely renovate a home in THREE WEEKS, people. I’m not sure I’ll ever truly recover, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend that timeline to anyone. But we did meet our deadline of Sept. 1, and we’ve had tenants in the home for two months now, which has been a real blessing.

Amid the chaos, I did get the chance to snap some quick pictures with my iPhone of the rooms as they were completed. Of course, we still have some minor details to tend to after our tenants leave, such as installing new countertops and hardware in the kitchen, and sprucing up the exterior a bit. But we’ve come a long way baby! So let’s take a look at the transformation, shall we? 🙂

Here’s a look at the kitchen and dining area before:

And now:

I have no idea why I took a photo with that cabinet door hanging open, lol. We still need to change out the countertop and cabinet hardware, but this space sure is much improved, don’t you agree?

The lighter wall color is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. The color on the darker accent walls is Sherwin Williams Warm Stone.

I painted the ceilings throughout the home bright white. The day I sprayed all the ceilings with my pro sprayer happened to be the day the neighbor visited to introduce himself. Of course I looked a hot mess! My eyes had lovely white circles painted around them where my gear and eye protection didn’t cover.

Light fixtures are off the shelf at Lowe’s.

The floor is sheet vinyl … but I can’t for the life of me remember the color/brand I chose. It’s a rustic driftwood-type color. We get a ton of compliments on it.

Artwork on the walls is from Hobby Lobby. Furniture and accessories were scrounged from my basement.

Here’s the living room area before:

And after:

The walls are Sherwin Williams Anew Gray. Carpet color is stone hearth (a neutral greige).

Furniture and artwork scrounged again …. lamps are from Walmart.

Below is the hallway, laundry area and hall bathroom before:

And after:

The wall color in the hall bathroom is Sherwin Williams Warm Stone. The hallway and laundry area is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. I need to get more pictures of these spaces!

The flooring I installed is luxury vinyl plank groutable peel-and-stick tile from Lowe’s. The tile color is Naturale Petrified Wood and the grout is Saddle Gray.

Artwork and accessories are from Gabe’s. Fixtures and hardware from Lowe’s.

Below are the bedrooms before and after. The guys started moving in before I could get pics of one of the rooms, so excuse the stuff. 😉

And after:

Bedroom 2 color is Accessible Beige.

Bedroom 3 color is Sherwin Williams Heron Plume.

The master bedroom wall color is Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray.

Here’s the master bathroom before:

And after:

I did a bright white on these walls to save time. The flooring is oak peel-and-stick vinyl plank tile from Lowe’s.

Honestly, it’s amazing what just a really good scrubbing did for this place! I don’t have any after pictures of the exterior yet because we’re still working out there but I’ll get those and more detailed images of the interior when we get prepared to sell.

What do you think of our progress so far?

Left-Behind Ranch: Our next flip house chapter

Hello friends! Today I’m excited to introduce you to our next flip house baby we’re fostering. Meet Left-Behind Ranch:

This little gem sits on almost a full acre outside of Mount Union, Pa. We purchased it from an online auction site for $51,000. It was a bank-owned foreclosure property that had obviously been vacant for awhile.

A couple key features attracted me to this home:

  1. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
  2. It was built in 2003, which means all the systems and building materials should be up to current building codes and standards and, thankfully, in good working condition (windows, HVAC, cabinets, fixtures, etc.)
  3. It has a modern, open-concept floor plan, which a lot of today’s buyers appreciate and are looking for.
  4. Everything is on one floor. This means if I encounter pipe leaks, etc., they are in the crawl space – easily accessible and fixable without creating damage to ceilings, subfloors, etc. One-floor living also appeals to a larger group of buyers.
  5. The house is in a peaceful country setting, with similar or nicer homes on all four sides. It is almost the last home on the cul-de-sac, with a beautiful view of the mountains in the distance. Yet it is also close to town and stores.
  6. It is very near recreational areas and activities like boating, swimming and fishing.
  7. It will be totally modern, gorgeous and AFFORDABLE when the rehab is done … key components of the flip properties I choose.

That said, as you can see above, there are some not-so-awesome things about this home as well.

It’s a foreclosure and the former owners were obviously pitiful housekeepers. It also appears they abandoned the property, which means the place sat vacant for a long time. This is not good for the condition. We’ve got our work cut out for us, starting with eliminating the musty smell.

Check out the video below that we made on Day 1 of this flip. It will give you a good feel for the plans we have for Left-Behind Ranch.

Stay tuned for updates coming soon!

Flip house kitchen pics (plus a buyer!)

Hello friends! I realize it has been quite awhile since I’ve posted. I began this summer trying to juggle several balls in the air, then quickly became buried in what I’d compare to a McDonald’s Playland ball pit. I’m sure you can relate.

I believe ridiculously busy times in our lives like these are actually blessings in disguise, because they force us to prioritize what is really important. Am I right?

Anyway, dare I say that life is calming down a bit for me right now, and I can return to blogging more regularly again. Yay!

Today I am pumped to share the final reveal of the flip house kitchen with you. Later this week, I’ll be posting a complete recap of the flip house with all the befores and afters, so you can really grasp the magnitude of the transformation.

The best part of this whole endeavor was that, within five days of putting the house on the market, we had a buyer! We’re set to close this week. I won’t make much money on this project (to stick with a McDonald’s analogy, I could have made more flipping burgers). But the experience was priceless and will hopefully serve me well as I go on to tackle the next great project.

Now back to that kitchen … below is what we started with:

Kitchen before

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And here’s the part where it gets worse before it gets better:

Kitchen during

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I am so proud of my “brilliant” idea to drop the upper cabinet and turn it into a peninsula. My husband and dad got to execute that “brilliance,” which I’m sure they were thrilled about. 😉 It was heavy! After the drop, we had to carefully patch the ceiling tiles where the upper cabinets were removed and add a toe kick to the “new” peninsula, raising it off the floor to proper height. What was supposed to be an easy project was maybe not so easy. But in the end it was perfection.

Check out the kitchen now!

Kitchen after

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I’ll try to give you the CliffsNotes version of what went on here. I kept the original cabinets, doors and drawers, because they were in great shape. I refinished them using the Rust-Oleum® Cabinet Transformations® light kit in the Pure White (unglazed) color. I also kept the original sink, but I added a new faucet.

I started by scrubbing the doors and drawers with the deglosser that comes in the transformations kit. Then I added some lattice molding to the edge of the doors (not the drawers) to give the doors more of an upscale, modern feel. The lattice was attached with Liquid Nails® adhesive, then clamped until the glue dried. I used caulk around the edges of the lattice to fill any holes and cracks. After that dried, it was time to add paint.

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I applied several coats of white paint in the kit using my HomeRight® Finish Max sprayer. I switched to the Finish Max Pro halfway through the job because it was such a large project and the pro seemed to handle the volume a little better.

After several coats of white paint, I sprayed on the protective topcoat that came in the kit. Done! Although this project turned out great, I will admit it was way more work than I anticipated, particularly the lattice part. #proceedwithcaution

I also replaced the cabinet hardware with shiny new chrome pieces I got at Lowe’s and online.

My dad installed new Formica brand laminate from Lowe’s to the countertops. I chose the Ouro Romano color.

I demoed the old backsplash and replaced it with affordable (yet gorgeous!) subway tile, grouted with a light gray grout.

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I purchased new stainless steel appliances (the white fridge came with the house) and added new, modern track lighting and a pendant light above the sink.

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I installed groutable, luxury vinyl tile from Lowe’s in the Chateau color. I love this floor!

Of course, the whole room got fresh paint, including the ceiling. I added one accent wall in a chalkboard finish, which was a bit of a risk. But that chalkboard wall has been a huge hit with visitors and one of the first things they say they like about the house. So I guess it was a good choice. 🙂

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Overall, I spent about $1,300 updating this kitchen (including appliances). What do you think of the transformation? I’d love to hear your feedback!

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