Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What Dreams May Come

One morning back in April I had a dream (seriously, I really did)...well, I think I was somewhere between sleeping and fully awake when the thought came to me "I should buy a house to flip instead of getting a summer job".  So, that's exactly what I did.  During April vacation I saw several short sale houses and foreclosures and settled upon one in particular.  My realtor said since it was a short sale, it could take several months to get an answer back from the bank.  I thought "wouldn't it be nice, though, if we could get an answer and close in time for my summer vacation?"...and that is exactly what happened.  We closed last week and it has been full steam ahead every since!  It is a cute little 3 bedroom, one bath ranch in a really great family neighborhood.  It has a mudroom and a partially finished basement with lots of potential.  Here are a few 'before' shots:  

The plan in the kitchen is to replace the cabinet doors, add matching stainless 'look' appliances, add a dishwasher, replace the counter top & back splash, and replace the sink & faucet. 
Luckily there are nice hardwood floors in the bedrooms and in the living room.  I will have tile installed everywhere else.  The wood paneling above has already been ripped down and will be replaced with white beadboard.

The bathroom needs work!  Tile will be installed in the floor (to match the rest of the house), red walls will be painted Rainwashed by Shirwin Williams, vanity top and sink will be replaced however, I am going to keep the bottom and paint it (stay tuned)! I like the tile that is already on the wall so I will just give it a nice scrub down.  I am having the tub (which is currently yellowish) professionally glazed white.  

As I already mentioned, I have been hard at work this past week.  I've painted all three bedrooms, including the ceilings and the baseboards, heaters, and closets (shout out to my cousins Rebekah and Nathan who came to help me paint one day) and today I painted the ceilings in the remainder of the house.  Here are some 'before' and 'after' shots (click on the images to make them larger):
Paint color in the room above is called Pussywillow by Shirwin Williams.
Paint color in the bedroom above is called Dusty Miller by Glidden.

My brother did an awesome job knocking out the wall between the kitchen/dining area and the living room:
Yay Jon!  I really like open-concept living spaces, particularly for entertaining!  I think I have accomplished a lot for one week.  Here are some more images, for your enjoyment:

I feel really lucky that the dream I had last April has come into reality and will keep plugging along to the finish line!  Thanks for coming along for the journey and stay tuned for more pictures!

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