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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Finished living room at the flip plus an OPEN HOUSE INVITATION!

Hello friends. I am happy to report that the flip house is officially done. Woot! This Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., we are hosting an open house and I hope any of you who are local will stop by to see this beautiful home and enjoy some light refreshments while you’re here. The address is 15467 Sportsman Club Road, Calvin, Pa. The house is being listed by Colonial Real Estate at $99,700.

This project has definitely been a long and difficult labor of love, but I am thrilled with the results. I am also beyond grateful for everyone who helped make this project possible. A very special thanks to Dad, Matt, Daryl, Daryl’s dad, 😉 Ted, Bob, Denny, Dale, Carl and Patti, Harry, Cheryl, and Amy. I couldn’t have done this without you! And there were so many others who helped and encouraged me along the way … too many to mention.

Today I wanted to share with you the living room pictures.

Here’s what we started with:

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The nasty green carpeting and wood paneling are gone. Yay! I painted the ceiling and I patched, textured and painted the walls. I sanded and refinished the hardwood floors (underneath the carpet). All that along with the new windows and front door have completely transformed this space. Here’s what it looks like now:

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To help stage the space, I had Rent-A-Center bring in the brand new sofa and loveseat.

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I refinished this dumpster-rescued coffee table using the Amy Howard At Home® One Step Paint™ in Linen.

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The overstuffed side chair came from our house. 🙂

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I picked up this vintage dresser from a local thrift store. I wiped it down with some scratch cover furniture polish and it looks as good as new. All the other accessories I brought in from my own home.

What do you think of the living room transformation?

Stay tuned for the kitchen pictures, coming very soon … once I can get a free moment to take them. 😉