New red front door at the flip house

Hello friends! I am currently in the final push at the flip house, which means I’m putting in some long hours trying to get a lot of stuff knocked out quickly. Things are changing fast around here and it’s exciting, yet exhausting! And there is still much to do. But I love taking time out to share the progress with you.

Today I wanted to share my absolute favorite transformation at this house so far – the red front door. It came out even better than I imagined in my head and I am absolutely thrilled with the result.

Let’s take a look at the before of the front entrance, shall we?

Front-porch-before

And without the storm door …

Door-before

I picked up a white-primed, Craftsman-style steel door off the shelf at Lowe’s for about $220 to replace the inefficient and not-very-safe old door. I chose a door and jam combination to keep the installation as simple as possible. Buying a door off the shelf is typically about half the price of special ordering one.

Door-in-jam

Because of the cold outdoor temps around here, it was important for me to paint the door inside prior to installation.

I chose Modern Masters® Front Door Paint in Sophisticated – a rich, deep red. This paint’s claim to fame is that it never fades.

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When painting doors, I always start with the recessed area of the panels, then work my way out from there.

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Here’s what one coat of the Sophisticated color looks like:

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I ended up applying three coats total to get the uniform, rich color I was going for.

Removing the old front door and securing the new jam in place was a tricky job. Thank heavens I had my amazing husband and dad there to help me with that portion of the project!

Replacing-door-jam

Here’s what my front door looks like now:

New-front-door

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I absolutely love this Sophisticated color!

Later this week, I’ll be adding some 50s-style “jewelry” to the front door, sharing details about the hardware, and giving you a full tour of all the accessories I’ve added to the front porch.

Finally, I wanted to share that, while I was taking these photos of the door today, a neighbor from across the street commented on how beautiful this home is becoming and how much he loved the view out his window now. Made my day! 🙂

Special thanks to Modern Masters for providing, at my request, the front door paint used on my door. As always, all opinions and projects are 100-percent mine. 

Carport renovation on a tight budget

Hello friends! I hope you are having a spectacular 2016 and that you believe, as I do, that this year will be your best.year.EVER! 🙂

At the moment, I’m still neck deep in the house flip. This is the “messy middle” part, which means I’ve got more work ahead than what’s behind, and I’m feeling tired and overwhelmed. But … I am forging ahead one day at a time, focusing on the vision in my head and that glorious day when I’ll have an open house for all my family, friends, neighbors and curious passersby. That day, I know all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into this project will be worth it! I am looking forward to that moment more than you can imagine. 🙂

In the meantime, I wanted to take a minute and show you the work I’ve completed in the carport of the flip house. This was one area where I really had to put the squeeze on the budget. In other words, I had to get really creative about what I could do to freshen up the space without changing it structurally or spending a bunch of money.

Let’s take a look at the “before,” shall we?

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Carport-beforeCarport-ceiling-beforeI started by emptying out the junk, scrubbing the siding, cleaning up the entrance, and scraping off any loose paint from the ceiling.

Then primer and paint became my BFFs for about 4 days.

To get good stain coverage on the ceiling and walls, I applied a thick coat of Zinsser® Cover Stain® Oil-Base Primer. When I suspect I may have issues with water stains or wood knots bleeding through the paint, I don’t mess around with anything else to try and hide them. I use this primer to knock out the problem with one coat. Period. In the past, I’ve used water-based primers because, well, I prefer the ease of soap and water cleanup. But there is just no substitute for a good oil or shellac-based primer for hiding stains. Cover Stain is my absolute, hands-down, all-time favorite for this purpose, especially for exterior applications. It’s quite affordable, too, at about $20 a gallon, and it saves work in the end.

After priming, I finished off with a thick coat of Rust-Oleum® 2x One Coat Solid Stain (in white).*

For the floor, I used Rust-Oleum® EPOXYSHIELD® Concrete Floor Paint in Armor Gray Satin. This product goes on smoothly and quickly and I think the color is just gorgeous. I got the entire first coat rolled on in less than an hour.

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I would definitely recommend when using this product that you have dry weather in the forecast and an ambient temperature above 50 F. I’ve got a few spots to touch up because we got an unexpected rain shower and it kept the paint from adhering properly.

Between the white walls and ceiling and the newly painted floor, this space now looks fresh and bright.

Carport-after-low-resSide-door-after

I also removed the broken ceiling light and replaced it with this inexpensive fixture. I think it ties in well with the front porch light.

Carport light after

What do you think of this budget-friendly transformation?

Before-and-after-carport

If you’re curious about what the inside of the house looks like right now, check out this video I made and be sure to enter to win a $50 Duluth Trading Company gift card, too.

Later this week, I will be sharing the finished downstairs bathroom. I am so excited because I think it looks amazing! Stay tuned.

Special thanks to Rust-Oleum for providing, at my request, the white solid stain and gray floor paint I needed to complete this project. As always, all opinions are 100 percent mine. 

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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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