Follow this flip: An almost-done porch

I hope you all had a very blessed Thanksgiving! Oh how I enjoy taking a break from the usual grind to spend time with family and friends, eating and recognizing the many, many things we have to be thankful for. Is it just me or is it tough to “get the train rolling” again after such a glorious holiday?

Anyway, although the caboose seems to be running a little slow this week, ūüėČ I’m back on the tracks again, so I wanted to share a bit of progress on the white house.

The front porch is this.close to being completely done. I’ve got to do a little bit of touch-up painting on the stairs and some staging to do. And I’ll be installing a new front door (new windows and trim¬†are coming later as separate projects). Then this¬†tiny part of the huge project will be wrapped up.

Let’s rewind¬†a few weeks, shall we?

Front-porch-before Landcaping-BEFORE-1 Landcaping-BEFORE-2 Porch ceiling before Porch-rail-before

And now?

Almost-finished-porch

I did a bit of thrifty landscaping out front. Then I painted the porch posts, porch trim and floor.

I am absolutely in love with the color I chose for the porch ceiling.

Haint-blue-ceiling-light

I decided on a “haint blue” color I was inspired by while living in South Carolina. There, you’ll find many gorgeous, historic Southern front porches with this¬†blue-green hue on the ceiling. Haint blue has a rich history you can read about here. I went with a fairly subtle¬†blue¬†so as not to scare all the Northerners away. ūüėČ I chose¬†Clark+Kensington brand¬†from Ace. I’ve had good success with their exterior paint in the past.

Before I added the¬†haint blue¬†color, I used Zinsser Peel Stop¬ģ Triple Thick High Build Binding Primer to seal all the¬†cracks, chipping paint, etc. It made this old porch ceiling look brand new again! If I could marry this primer and have its babies, I would.¬†ūüėČ

I picked up an inexpensive porch rug at Ross to tie together the new ceiling and floor colors.

Porch-floor-and-rug

I spray-painted the old porch swing a rich mahogany color. My HomeRight¬ģ Finish Max Pro¬†painted this thing in a snap and created such a flawless finish, the wood almost looks like it’s composite! I LOVE how it turned out.

Stained-porch-swing

It’s been raining cats and dogs outside for the past few days, so I’ve moved inside to work on the bathroom. It is a scary, scary place right now, people. I’m completely demolishing the walls. So far I’ve managed to step on a rusty nail, smash my pinky finger with a hammer, choke myself half to death on drywall dust, and nearly electrocute myself from¬†a¬†“mystery” outlet. All in a day’s work …

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BIG NEWS + a giveaway from Duluth Trading Company

Hello! I am super excited to share some big¬†news with you today. It’s a project that has been in the works for awhile.

Drumroll please …

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I just purchased my first investment property! It’s a small cottage I’ve dubbed “The White House.” I’ll be fixing it up from top to bottom, then selling it to one lucky family who will hopefully find it to be the cottage of their dreams. ūüôā

Of course I’ll be chronicling the whole DIY journey here on the blog in a series I’m calling “Follow this Flip.” I hope you’ll tag along with me through the good, the bad and the ugly.

Flipping a house has been a huge dream of mine for many years. After searching high and low for the right property, submitting multiple offers on places I did not get, I finally scored this one.

I purchased my little “diamond in the rough” for $44,000 and am hoping to sell it for around $100,000 when I’m all done. I closed on the house last Friday and have already made some progress on the exterior, which I’ll be sharing with you later this week.

In the meantime, check out the DIY-friendly clothing and gear I’m wearing in the pic above. It’s all from my favorite clothing retailer, Duluth Trading Company.

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