Ready for the first batch of “afters” from our 9th flip?
I wish I could remember every little detail of this renovation so that I could give you guys a thorough play-by-play of everything that happened. Unfortunately, most of the nitty gritty details have already fallen out of my head. I hope these little recaps will suffice!
First up is the exterior.
The front of the house looks 80% the same, but the 20% that changed looks pretty good!
The biggest change was swapping out all of the old windows for new bronze windows. It pained me to lose the leaded glass windows in the dining room and in the stairwell (to the right of the front door), but they just wouldn’t have looked right next to the new windows.
Here are the dining room windows as they were being delivered and then installed:
We also tiled the front porch with a slate tile, and ripped out the overgrown holly bush and replaced it with a few knockout roses.
Losing that bush made the front porch feel so much more open. Oh, and I forgot! We also added a new mahogany front door that looks pretty snazzy.
Here’s a better view of the slate tile as it was being installed:
Here’s the front porch all grouted and pretty:
The photo above shows the grout just after it was applied, and it dried a lot lighter, which you can see below.
The pic above is from closing day – it was a mad dash to get a few trades through for last minute fixes before all the paperwork was signed!
The backyard got a little love, too. The brick wall around the patio was cute, but it was falling apart.
So, we knocked it down. :)
The patio was also cracked – we didn’t think we could spruce up the whole house and leave the patio looking a little less than fabulous, so we ripped it up. :)
The concrete guys leveled everything out…
…and put rebar in place to keep the new patio strong and crack-free.
Seeing the new patio in place, I’m so glad we got rid of the old one!
Inside the house, the changes and improvements continued. The entryway was already a great size, but it was a bit on the dark side.
We painted everything a bright white which instantly brightened up the joint, as did the new Moravian star fixture which I’m a little obsessed with.
(We didn’t get professional photos of this house because it sold before we could list it – I wish we had!)
All of the tile got jackhammered up…
…so that we could replace it with hardwoods. Doesn’t that just look crazy?
Along with the tile, the green stairs got the boot.
We added hardwood treads and risers…
…and the stairs instantly look a thousand times better!
The view from the dining room to the entryway improved, too.
The walls in the dining room were painted a light gray at the request of the new owners, and you’ve seen my favorite chandelier about a million times by now. :)
While I love the chandelier, I will never love removing the little plastic sleeves off every.single.strand of shells.
For awhile, the dining room was the official “cabinet painting area”…
…but it looks a lot better now!
Ignore that little sneak peek of the kitchen. ;)
What do you think of the changes so far?