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Family Flip House Before and After

Inside: a little show and tell with the before and after photos from our latest flip house adventure.

We look at every flip house as an opportunity, but this one was especially aptly named, located on a street named Opportunity. We jumped at the chance to transform this three-bed, two-bath house from a run-down rental into a sweet home, ready for a new family.

These flip house before and after photos really tell the story best, so let’s get on with it!

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Flip House Before and After Photos

This cute little brick home needed almost nothing on the outside, except for some freshening up and new garage doors. Somehow I missed getting a before photo, so this is the after:

Flip House Before and After - front of brick house

The inside was a whole different story.

Flip House Before. orange and teal colored walls in kitchen

Ouch. Dark mismatched paint colors, outdated everything, and sad flooring. It would all need to go.

Flip House Before, dated brown linoleum flooring

This house had great bones and was built solidly, but it needed all new windows and doors, so that took a chunk out of our budget. Next it just needed a complete makeover on the inside. But that’s OK because that’s the fun part!

The whole house got new paint, including the ceilings. Then we put luxury vinyl plank flooring down in most of the living spaces, and carpets in the bedrooms.

Flip House Before and After shots of bedroom

The bedrooms didn’t need much more than that to look fresh and clean, so we spent most of our budget in the kitchen, living areas, and bathrooms.

Kitchen Makeover

This kitchen was in a sad state when we got here. Dropped ceilings (why, people?), dark cabinets, and faux butcher block countertops, not to mention dated fixtures and appliances, and a choppy layout.

Flip House Before and After looking into kitchen with cabinets in the way

The first thing we did was remove the dropped ceiling and add can lighting. That made a world of difference on its own! Then we added light gray cabinets and a creamy gray granite.

Flip House After kitchen remodel, white and gray kitchen

We updated the appliances, and decided on a black sink faucet for a slightly farmhouse look.

Flip House Before and After with a new bright kitchen

On the short wall of the kitchen, we opted for a real butcher block countertop and built a coffee bar where the fridge had been.

Flip House  coffee bar with gray cabinets and white shelves

We knocked out the old pantry closet by the back door (there’s another pantry in the nearby laundry room) and moved the fridge to that corner.

Flip House Before and After with a new white and gray kitchen

We covered the wall of the breakfast nook with shiplap, to add a layer of texture to the space and keep it from looking too uniform and modern. We also opened the doorway between this area and the dining room, to allow for better traffic flow.

Open kitchen and living room with shiplap and light gray cabinets

Now the space feels huge and open to the den and dining room.

Living Area Makeover

Speaking of the den, here’s a quick peak of how it looked before.

Flip House Den Before with dark walls and dirty ceiling fan

And from the kitchen:

View from the kitchen to the den with dark cabinets in the way

We covered up the weird (and redundant) archway in the middle of the wall to separate the two living rooms.

Dated ceiling fan with years of dirt built up on the blades, against a dark orange wall

Then we updated the lighting from this scary gross ceiling fan, to a modern semi-flush light fixture.

Flip House Before and After, with new paint and flooring in the den

We decided to keep the fireplace just as it was, with the exception of a good cleaning inside and out. It gives the room a touch of history and character, I think.

That left a second living space and the dining room, as you walk into the front door.

Dingy entryway and dining area in the flip house

A fresh coat of paint and new flooring was all these spaces needed, plus a stylish square chandelier and a bit of staging.

Bright dining room and front door in our new flip house

Now this house has two separate living spaces, and two eating areas, plus the bar area in front of the sink. Perfect for family living and entertaining!

Bathroom Makeover

Finally we tackled the two bathrooms. I didn’t get a good picture of the hall bath before we started tearing everything out, but you can see a glimpse of its horrible redness in this photo.

View from purple bedroom into red bathroom

Everything in this bathroom got replaced, with the exception of the tub, which was in good shape. From floor to ceiling, this space is completely refreshed and ready for company.

Flip House Before and After Modern bathroom with dark wood vanity and white marble tile

But my favorite bathroom (as usual) is the master bath. It needed everything when we bought the house.

Flip House Before and After empty bedroom and master bathroom

The previous owner had started demo on the single vanity vestibule, but apparently had decided the shower was fine as it was. We disagreed.

Dated shower area with cheap linoleum flooring

We got to do some fun patterned tile on the floor in both spaces and we re-plumbed for a gorgeous new double vanity.

Flip House Before and After with new master bath patterned tile floor and wood vanity

Then we got to completely rebuild the shower with marble-look tile, glass doors, and black shower fixtures.

Flip House Before and After with new shower, tile, and flooring

I love the subtle modern feel of the bathroom, with a nod to farmhouse charm. It’s finally functional for two people, and feels like a place I’d like to start my day in.

Why Show Flip House Before and After Photos?

My favorite part of any flip project is putting together the before and after photos and seeing how far we’ve come. It feels good to know that this home’s new family will just get to enjoy the after, but I personally enjoy the after even more once I’ve seen the before!

On second thought, maybe our buyers don’t want to think about what a dump this house may have been, so it’ll be our little secret…

Flip House Before and After

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Jenny Harrington

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Hi! Can you share the backsplash link you used in the kitchen?


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Hi Jenny, I'm so sorry, I don't have the link to that tile! I think we got it at a local shop.


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