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!

Video: Flip house progress plus a giveaway from Duluth Trading Co.

Hello friends! Today – as much as it makes me cringe – I wanted to take you on a video tour of the flip house project.

I’m currently in the “messy middle” – that point when you’re exhausted from all the work but you still have more ahead than what’s behind, and life is, well, a mess.

But the truth is, much has been accomplished so far and huge progress is made every single day. I am pumped because I think this will be the week I actually finish the downstairs bathroom and can take a break from being within two feet of a toilet for 6 hours a day. 🙂

If you’re curious about what the “messy middle” of a flip actually looks like, check out the video below. (Be sure to stick around until the end of this post because Duluth Trading Company is giving away another $50 gift card to one of you luckies. Woot!)

More details and progress coming soon! In the meantime, enter below to win a $50 gift card from Duluth Trading Company, so you can get a head start on snagging the boots, pants, shirt and cap I’m wearing in the video. 🙂

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Thrift store plank bed (plus a giveaway from HomeRight)

This month, HomeRight® challenged its brand ambassadors (that’s me) to do a makeover on a $20 thrift store find, showing how it’s possible to create beautiful decor on a shoestring budget. So right up my alley, right? 😉 I had the absolute perfect project to tackle for this challenge.

I’m currently smack dab in the middle of our “big-boy room” transformation and one of the most important furniture pieces I needed to find for the space was an inexpensive bed.

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I scored this wooden headboard for $20 and the set of bed rails for $30 at my local thrift store, with the vision of transforming it into a modern-looking piece with stained wood planks.

See what I turned it into in the brief video below (or scroll through to read the project steps).

I started the project by removing the trim from the center of the headboard.

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Next I coated the headboard with paint stripper, scraped off the finish as much as possible, then used a sander, sandpaper and steel wool to remove the remainder of the old varnish.

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4-sanding-off-finishThe headboard was then ready for new stain. I used my handy HomeRight Finish Max and HomeRight Spray Shelter to apply a coat of stain to the entire headboard. (Stick around for an awesome giveaway at the end of this post!) 

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I chose Varathane® stain (Kona color) for its one-coat coverage and soap-and-water cleanup.

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While the stain dried, I went to work on the wooden planks for the center of the headboard. I chose lattice trim boards, cutting them out on my miter saw, then arranging them randomly in the headboard.

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The pattern I used is very similar to what I used when installing our hardwood flooring.

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After I cut and arranged all the boards, I took them out, laid them on a dropcloth and applied stain to each piece, creating a random patchwork pattern using just about every stain color I have in my basement.

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When the pieces dried, I permanently adhered them to the headboard using Liquid Nails.

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Then I applied a coat of matte polyurethane to seal the planks and fill in any cracks.

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Finally, I attached the “new” headboard to the rails.

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Done! We’ve now got a brand new, big-boy bed.

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Finished-plank-bed Finished-plank-bed-2What do you think of my thrift store transformation?

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Are you feeling inspired to tackle your own transformation project? You need the HomeRight Finish Max and Spray Shelter to help you get the job done quickly and beautifully. HomeRight is giving away a Finish Max and Spray Shelter to one of you luckies! Enter below to win.

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Disclaimer: I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are my own.