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Cozy Craftsman Makeover Reveal

See the complete transformation of our latest flip house, from rundown boarded up bungalow to super cute family home, in this craftsman makeover reveal!

Flipping houses is never easy, but completely remodeling a house in the midst of a stay-at-home health crisis adds a whole ‘nother level of challenge to the process!

When we first decided to take on this sad little ex-rental house, it needed everything. Inside and out. No problem, we thought, this is what we do. So we jumped in and started making plans and budgets.

Then the world changed, and everything got harder, and we had to learn to make constant adjustments along the way.

But we did it! And with lots of patience learned and flexibility practiced, we finally transformed this little house into an updated family home.

Here’s how we performed a bit of Fairy Godmother magic on this neglected little Cinderella:

Cozy Craftsman Makeover

Cozy Craftsman Makeover Flip House Reveal

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For starters, the curb appeal needed a complete overhaul.

The front looked bland and boarded up, like it was trying to disappear inside itself. We suspected those boards covered an enclosed porch.

A boarded up bungalow sits among a yard full of weeds

We thought about converting the space back into a porch, but at a total house size of 1,000 square feet, we decided we need every foot we could keep on the inside. So we opened it up, added windows and turned the porch into a sweet little office space, a much needed bonus for this two-bedroom home.

An enclosed sunroom becomes a bright office space

The whole house got new paint in a timeless historic color scheme which ties in the with the rest of the restored homes in the neighborhood. And the front yard got simple landscaping that packed a punch.

Gray craftsman style home with blue trim and windows across the front, accented with green bushes.

Keeping the character, ditching the dark.

The inside of the house had some character, but it was covered in sad dark paint colors and a horrible 80’s era kitchen remodel.

Brown wall and ceiling paint makes a small living room look even smaller.

We set to work painting everything in sight, being careful not to cover over the sweet touches of history, like these beautiful door handles.

White door with historic dark bronze door handle and plate complete with keyhole

It took some work to recondition the floors, but they turned out to be well worth the effort. They went from a dusty drab afterthought, to richly stained original hardwood that makes the whole house feel like a part of history.

Bright sitting area with light gray walls and dark wood floors.

And can we just take a minute to enjoy all that beautiful craftsman trim? I see you, 8″ baseboards!

Complete Kitchen Makeover

Somewhere along the way, someone decided to pack this kitchen full of melamine cabinets, built into every nook and cranny. Functional? Maybe. But painful to look at. Here’s the hideous before:

Kitchen with cheap white particle board cabinets and black appliances

We ripped out every piece of tired 80’s cabinetry, and replaced it with a timeless white craftsman style.

Bright white kitchen with wood floors and butcher block counter tops.

We topped the white cabinets with warm silver oak butcher block and added a huge modern stainless steel sink for maximum style and function. then we added a fun patterned tile backsplash in a mid-mod feel.

Kitchen detail with warm wood butcher block counter tops and geometric tile backsplash.

We also slightly reworked the footprint, to make a cleaner countertop profile, and a more sensible work area. And we opted for open shelves next to the oven to make the space feel more, well, open.

The kitchen leads out into the dining area, a sunny room where we painted the wraparound windows black to add to their charm, and emphasize the light in the space.

A small sunroom makes a perfect dining room overlooking the kitchen.

Now this sunny spacious kitchen has to be my favorite part of the house. And behind that wall to the right? A full size laundry nook – almost unheard of in these little historic houses!

Complete Bathroom Makeover

When I say we completely remade the bathroom, I mean that from the ground up. This bathroom was just unspeakable before. Words fail me, so I’ll show you a picture.

Falling apart bathroom shower stall with a colorful mix of leftover tile.

Over years of bad DIY remodel jobs, this bathroom was suffering from a complete lack of style, as well as structural support.

In progress: torn up walls and floors in what used to be a bathroom.

First we rebuilt the floor and corrected the structural issues, then we got on with the fun part of picking out tile and fixtures.

Small white bathroom with white vanity and white marble tile in the shower.

Now it’s a bright and airy room, with modern touches balanced by historical references, like the hex tile on the floor. (My favorite part!)

Quick Bedroom Updates

The two bedrooms just needed some paint, and updated lighting, as well as some simple staging, and they pretty much speak for themselves.

Queen bed with white covers and warm hardwood floors.

They’re not huge rooms, but they make the most of their space with coziness and natural light.

Cinderella goes to the ball, or at least the market.

I’d like to say we waved our magic wand to make this craftsman makeover happen, but that would only be true if said magic wand was actually a paintbrush. And we didn’t just wave it, we worked it into every nook and cranny of this house!

Never have we worked so hard to make dreams come true, and I think I’d have to say that I’ve never been prouder of our efforts. We put literal blood, sweat, and tears into this makeover, and I feel like it paid off in a beautiful way.

A view through the bathroom to the bedroom, showcasing the large craftsman style door trim and original handles

Now I need a vacation. To my backyard. With a margarita.

In the meantime, check out our other flips, and let me know if you’re in the market for a house in Albuquerque. I have a really cute one. No glass slipper necessary.

A view from the sitting room to the front entryway of the house, with sunlight streaming in from all the windows.

Virginia PAL

Friday 21st of August 2020

Gorgeous!! I wish I lived close to you & could hire you for help!!


Monday 24th of August 2020

I wish you lived closer too! ?

Marisa Santiago

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

It is absolutely charming! I love all of your attention to detail. Just beautiful!


Thursday 6th of August 2020

Thank you Marisa!


Friday 24th of July 2020

Wow! I knew you two were amazing but this one takes the cake! I'll bet the neighbors are glad you came along. Someone will be very happy in this little beauty!!


Saturday 25th of July 2020

Thank you! ? Yes we always hope the neighbors are happy to see us!

Sabrina Quairoli

Friday 24th of July 2020

Love it! Great job! I love the accent of patterns you added to the bathroom and kitchen.


Saturday 25th of July 2020

Thanks Sabrina, it was a fun project!

Stacy Dencklau

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Well done! Such professional quality inside and out! I love it!


Saturday 25th of July 2020

Thank you my friend!


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