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?

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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Fear, faith and ‘fresh water in the desert’

Earlier this year, I got fed up with just talking about flipping a house. So I did a ton of homework and started house hunting. After a few months, I found my little white house and I closed on it Nov. 6.

Long before I took the plunge and bought this piece of investment real estate, I was well aware there would be anxious moments along the way. (This is probably why it took me so many years to go through with it.)

Now I am officially “in the thick of things” with the renovations. Because there is such a wee profit margin on this home, I’ve committed to doing most of the work myself, an undertaking that has inevitably required Herculean effort.

Bathroom-demo

Bathroom gut job

If I was honest, I’d have to admit there are many sleepless nights when I wonder:

  1. Will I ever actually finish this house?
  2. Will I live to tell about it, or will I need to be buried out back next to the new septic tank?
  3. Will I lose all my savings and have to work in fast food to pay the bills?

So perhaps you’re wondering what keeps me going during these frequent moments of doubt and fear?

  1. Sheer grit.
  2. A deep faith in God and a belief that He has led me to this place for a divine purpose.
  3. An amazing support system of family and friends who have helped me in so many ways, from sharing business contacts to physically helping at the house when I get stuck on a project.
  4. Determination to create a lifestyle where I do work that I love, make money at it, and teach my children what it looks like to work hard, be generous and live abundantly.

Of course, now that a typical day consists of me choking on drywall dust, wading through building debris, and spending far too many hours within two feet of either a toilet or some other sewage pipe, I’ve clung to the 23rd Psalm more than ever before.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
    He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely Your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Regardless of each day’s challenges, I’m reminded that the most profound growth we experience in life often comes in our most uncomfortable moments. And I think of the wise advice fellow entrepreneur Amy Howard gave me at Haven this year. “There is fresh water, even in the desert.”

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What have you done lately to venture out of your comfort zone?