Frankie: Week 15

February 14, 2014 | Flipping, Frankie the Fliphouse, Projects

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  Check out other posts about Frankie the Fliphouse HERE.

This is your last teaser post before Frankie’s big reveal next week!  Are you excited!  I am!  So excited, in fact, that I may overuse the exclamation point in this post.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Come hell or high water, I WILL have this house done and ready to list by the end of next week.  Especially since as of today we’ll own 3 houses… what what??  #1, our house…#2, Frankie…and #3…..

flip 3 grover

That’s right, flip #3!!!  Another ranch!  My specialty apparently.  Hubby’s named him Grover (following our naming convention of using part of the street name).  I may just end up calling him Grove.  We shall see.  We won’t be starting in on the house right away, so I’ll have time to finish Frankie and take a short breather before jumping in with both feet.  Until then, I’m going to start dreaming about ripping out this delightfully modern bathroom.

flip 3 grover bath

Woof.  It even matches the exterior… as it should…..  My sledge hammer is going to be my bff.

But anyway, back to the current flip!  Frankie is almost all grown up and ready to leave the nest.

week 15 kitchen pendant

It’s honestly hard for me to believe the transformation here- he’s really a looker!!  I’ve got the upstairs at about 95%, just some touch-ups, cleaning, and minor staging needed.

Just look at all those check marks!  That’s what flipping dreams are made of.

week 15 lists

Thankfully, I was able to fix my botched grout job with another layer of the same unsanded grout, now it’s pretty and smooth as it was intended.  Yay! As the kitchen cleaning commenced, I started peeling the protective film off the appliances.  It was like unwrapping presents to reveal a sparkly kitchen.  Almost as gratifying as painting/refinishing furniture.  Almost.

week 15 kitchen stove

The bedrooms and bathroom all got inexpensive blinds for privacy.  My secret for making them look less cheap and more custom: trim them to fit inside the window frames!  No more messy bunch at the bottom!

week 15 bathroom

After touching up all the window trims and sills and polishing up the floors, I can’t help but show you a teaser of the living room.

week 15 living room

When I started on this house, my goal was to make it clean, functional and livable- three things it was not before.  This house cleaned up better than even I expected- it just puts a smile on my face, and hopefully the next owner’s.

My To Do list pretty much has one thing still left unchecked: the basement.  I have to tackle it with lots and lots and lots of paint, so I anticipate being covered in paint next week… maybe I’ll even get a bit on the walls.  It will be so worth it, though, trust me!

The end is near!  I can’t wait to show you guys Frankie’s full transformation next Friday!!

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