This little before and after is a bit of a mixed bag – the den pretty much stayed as it originally was but with a few tweaks, while the master bath was blown to smithereens then completely re-imagined.
Here’s how the den looked when we bought the flip at the start of the summer:
Not too bad, but there was definitely room for improvement.
Since we were adding hardwoods throughout all the public areas of the house and wanted them all to flow seamlessly, the shiny engineered floors had to go. We also ditched the columns going into the kitchen and widened that opening for a more open feel (the door from the hallway to the den was also widened, just behind where this photo was taken). It’s a little hard to tell in the photo below, but we also removed the dated moldings from the cabinet doors (like we did here) as well as the scalloped trim on the bookcases. Oh, and the inside of the fire place got a new coat of black high-heat paint (like we did here). Finally, the whole room was brightened up with the addition of 9 recessed lights.
Ah, the master bathroom. I don’t know what was going on in the 70s but for some reason architects back then thought that every activity deserved its own room. Brushing your teeth? That would take place in the sink room. Taking a shower? That would take place in the wet room. Putting on makeup? That would take place, you guessed it, at the sit-down vanity in the dressing room. Bonkers.
(That pregnant belly feels like ages ago! Hard to believe it turned into this little cutie.)
This house was no exception to that 70s rule – the master bath was divided up into 3 poorly used spaces that you can see in the original floorplan below (near the center of the house to the left of the master bedroom).
Not a great use of space, so we started over, and added a half bath accessed through the hallway while we were at it.
After all the sawdust settled, this is how the master bath turned out.
On the right-hand side, just out of view of this photo, are the closet and toilet closet. And there’s a third sconce all the way to the left – I promise. :)
That’s all, folks! Now if we could only find our next flip…
“After” photos courtesy of Shoot 2 Sell.