Grover REVEALED!

July 18, 2014 | Before & After, Flipping, Grover the Fliphouse

There isn’t a whole bunch of instant gratification when flipping a house, but if you can wait almost 5 months oh man, satisfaction city!  Congrats on making it all the way with me!

Week 18, AKA Grover’s Big Day!!!

This might end up being my longest post probably ever, but guys, this house is kinda pretty now.  Just kinda.

Let’s start outside.  Before he was very blah.  The garage door was demanding more attention than the front door and he just looked tired.

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It’s amazing what a few small changes can do to curb appeal.

Grover the fliphouse curb appeal via year of serendipity

Aside from the biggies of new roof and windows, the foundation, stairs, garage door, and front door got painted, shrubs got trimmed, flowers got planted, mulch got spread, and the lights and mailbox got upgraded.  Now the front door demands the attention it deserves and the entrance has presence.

Grover the fliphouse curb appeal via year of serendipity

The outside is nice and all, but the inside is where the WOW is.

From the second potential buyers step in the front door, I’m hoping to take their breath away.

Before… dark dark dark and closed in.

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Now?

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Oh and remember how there used to be a wall?

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What wall?

Grover the fliphouse open concept living/dining via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse open concept living/dining via year of serendipity

And who didn’t love the scallops..

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Oh right, me.

Grover the fliphouse open concept living/dining/kitchen via year of serendipity

The view from the sofa has changed a tiny bit.  This might be my favorite spot in the entire house.  Ok, tour over.  I’m just going to hang out here.  You don’t need to see the kitchen or the rest of the house.

Grover the fliphouse open concept living/dining/kitchen via year of serendipity

Ohhhh, fine, I guess I’ll show you the rest.

This once sexy dark kitchen with beautiful yellow laminate counters, fake wood-over linoleum floors and a fan to hit your head on was hard to tear out.  And by ‘hard to tear out’ I mean it was a sledge hammer’s dream.

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I’ll just let you take in the difference here.

Grover the fliphouse retro charm ikea kitchen after via year of serendipity

Is it weird that my favorite thing in this room might just be those stools?  (yes, they are almost identical to the ones from Young House Love’s last kitchen)  I scored them for a whopping $35 on craigslist and we’ve bonded.  Their style is PERFECT for this kitchen and adds just the right vintage touch.  Handy dad helped me trim down the legs so they could be counter height instead of bar height and you’d never know.

Grover the fliphouse retro charm ikea kitchen via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse retro charm kitchen stools via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse retro charm kitchen via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse ikea kitchen island via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse retro charm kitchen via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse glass mosaic backsplash via year of serendipity

I’ll admit- I am planning to do another layer of grout to smooth over a bit.  Even though unsanded grout was the right one to use for this size grout line, I’m finding that the first layer always looks a bit rough.  Maybe it’s just my OCD talking, but I need to fix it a bit to be comfortable handing this house over to the next owners

Continuing down the hall, first stop is the bathroom.  This gem was a wow before, but in a bad way.

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Now it sports new everything- tub, toilet, vanity, wall tile, floor tile, paneling.

Grover the fliphouse board and batten bathroom via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse board and batten bathroom via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse board and batten bathroom via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse board and batten bathroom via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse board and batten bathroom with subway tiles via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse board and batten bathroom via year of serendipity

The 3 bedrooms thankfully just needed lots of paint and floor refinishing.

The back bedroom:

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Grover the fliphouse back bedroom staged via year of serendipity Grover the fliphouse back bedroom staged via year of serendipity Grover the fliphouse back bedroom staged via year of serendipity

Master bedroom/largest bedroom:

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Grover the fliphouse master bedroom staged via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse master bedroom staged via year of serendipity

Grover the fliphouse master bedroom staged via year of serendipity

And the smallest bedroom:

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Not that the basement underwent a HUGE transition, but you totally need to see these 2 spaces.

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The neon seafoam garage received a new electrical panel, neutral paint, and a new, functioning garage door opener.

Grover the fliphouse garage via year of serendipity

And the weird, creepy, paneled room that looked like it belonged in a bad 70s porno…

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Now is totally refreshed and could be the perfect play room, media room, family room, etc.

Grover the fliphouse paneled room via year of serendipity

I still have a few items left on my punch-list to get this house completely done.  I know this post started strong with the fancy areas of the house then moved on to the less exciting, so I’ll leave you with my favorite shot of the new open concept and kitchen.  Isn’t he charming now??

Grover the fliphouse open concept kitchen/dining with retro charm ikea kitchen via year of serendipity

Remember how this is a flip house and I’m selling it now??  Well guess what- it’s listed!!! I didn’t share the MLS listing with you at the top so you didn’t get distracted, but here it is!  Go buy him!  He needs a wonderful family to love and take care of him!

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