Cole the Flip House: Before and After!

November 16, 2018 | Before & After, Cole the fliphouse, Flipping, Projects

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  If you’re new here (Hello!!!) or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 7 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride as I jump into flip #8!!!  Check out previous posts about this house here and follow along on my insta-stories for more behind the scenes goodness! This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.


I know you’ve been eagerly waiting to see the “afters” and although I know some of you have cheated and found the house listing, let’s do this!  It’s going to be a long post so I can fit it all in, so have a seat, make yourself comfy and stay a while!!



While we focused the budget inside, we couldn’t ignore the exterior all together.  When we bought the house 15 weeks ago, he was dwarfed behind a forest of overgrown shrubbery.



Aside from landscaping, the exterior got new shutters (which needed to be larger than the previous to cover holes…..), new exterior doors with a great paint color, new lights, and some concrete patching.




Handy dad jumped in to make this adorable house number planter to add a little character to the main entry.



Inside this house is really where the magic happened.  Normally, I like to save the best for last, but I’m going to shake it up a bit this time and walk through the house like you would when in person, so that means that the first room you get to see is the KITCHEN!!!  EEE!  But first, memory lane.  So much potential in this “before” kitchen, but that’s about it.



I KNEW this kitchen could be the stunner of the home, so I needed to make everyone else see what I could!  I maximized cabinetry, took down the wall between the kitchen and dining rooms, closed off a doorway to the living room, and shuffled the stove location.



The MOST fantastic thing about this house now is the connection of the spaces on the first floor.



Before we head into the dining room, we need to visit the main bathroom which is off the kitchen.  It wasn’t the worst I had to deal with, but it could be SO much better!



This new bright, clean bathroom comes complete with original built-in, antique medicine cabinet, and new everything else.



Heading back out into the dining room, it originally was dark and closed off.  The below view is the view from the living room with the kitchen through the doorway on the right.  The same view as the first “after” pic down below.



Now open and spacious, I can really see holidays being hosted here whether with family or friends.  It could easily fit a long, expandable table!



The living room brightened up the second we took down the old paneling, but this room almost feels unrecognizable.



The old pass-through to the kitchen got closed up to allow space for a wall-mounted tv.  The bigger difference here is with the stairs opened up and the dining room now open to the kitchen, the entire floor feels open and connected.



Heading upstairs to the 2 bedrooms, the rooms themselves didn’t undergo huge transformations, but we all know what miracles paint and details can be!



The smaller bedroom is worlds brighter with a new door into the *NEW* powder room.



The original master bedroom didn’t seem very masterly to start with.



I definitely rectified that, however, putting almost 12 feet of closets along the wall.  Just staging it with a queen size bed and nightstands makes it feel so much cozier!



The biggest change upstairs was definitely in this closet.



Which is no longer a closet.  The space was perfect for a small jack and jill powder room!  The walls didn’t move at all to allow for this space, just some new doorways.  We were lucky that the footprint was already here!



So what do you think??  Did you see the potential in this house 15 weeks ago?


The key to this entire house was MAXIMIZING.  Maximizing the usable space, maximizing it’s potential, and maximizing our budget!  We’re hosting 2 more open houses this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 12-1 so if you’re in the market, message me for the info!!!

If you made it all the way down here, congrats and THANK YOU!  XOXOXOXO


Have an amazing weekend and Thanksgiving week!

17 thoughts on “Cole the Flip House: Before and After!”

  1. Looks so good! Your transformations are always amazing. Looks like there are two doors both on the front-ish side of the house? Seems like you chose the one further from the street for that fantastic house number? Thoughts on that choice?

    1. Thank you!!
      One door leads to the living room and the other to the kitchen. With the orientation of the driveway and the stairs, the side door is really the one that gets used. There is also a house number on the mailbox at the street, so there’s no address confusion. Additionally, the house number was located there to hide a large stain in the siding from where the old mailbox once was 😉

  2. Karen,

    As usual, it looks amazing. I’m really smitten by the tile floor in the downstairs bathroom. The second floor powder room is genius!.

    1. Thank you so much! I’d claim credit, but the closet told me that it wanted to be a powder room. All I did was listen (jk)!! We learned from previous owners that at one point that was a hallway and not even a closet!

  3. Karen, The transformation is amazing. Everything you touch turns beautiful! I also love the bathrooms. Good luck with the sale. ?

  4. It’s really pretty! Too bad there wasn’t space for a full bathroom upstairs and a powder room downstairs, but you’ve really maximized the available space. If I bought it, I’d probably turn the side patio into a small mudroom addition so I could have a washer and dryer there.

    1. Thanks! Hubby was really hoping there was room for a shower up stairs but it would have required moving walls and smaller bedrooms. A mudroom is a great idea there!

  5. Wow! Love the transformation. You have done it again and made a small house livable.
    Is there no laundry? Is there space in the downstairs bath for a stacking unit?

    In any case I hope the new buyers will take care of it just like you did.
    Maria B.

    1. Thank you! There are laundry hook-ups in the basement, unfortunately with a lot of smaller antique homes, that’s really the most common (including my own home).

  6. Its adorable Karen!! Its so bright and flows very nicely. Love the transformation! Might have to pop over to see the ‘after’ in person! I wish I knew of someone looking!

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