Millie: Kitchen Reveal!

April 20, 2015 | Before & After, Flipping, Kitchen, Millie the Fliphouse

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  This flip, Millie is the most challenging and most exciting yet! You can find more about this house and about my 3 previous flip houses here.

Yesterday’s open house was a crowded success with at least one second showing already scheduled!!  I’m cautiously optimistic that this house will move FAST!  I know several of you also made your way over to the open and I’d love to hear what you thought in person!

If you didn’t sneak a peek on the real estate listing or at the open, congrats on your patience and sticking with me all the way until reveal week!  The wait is totally worth it, I promise.

So without further ado, I figured why not start with my absolute favorite room in the house…. which started out as not my favorite room… Let’s take a drive down memory lane, shall we?

Remember the welcoming kitchen entrance?  Complete with crowding appliances, an offplaced sink, painted laminate countertop, and peeling wallpaper above the windows.

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Oh that floor still gives me nightmares- sheet vinyl over plywood over 3 layers of vinyl tile all hiding the original hard wood floors.

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Why do people do this to houses??

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Long story short in this kitchen- there was lots of space, but it was not even close to a functional kitchen….

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Until now.  How’s this for the new kitchen entrance?  Not walking into any misplaced appliances and instead you get a gorgeous view of the window framed farmhouse sink.

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

But, Karen, where did the stove and the fridge go???  I gave them real homes and created a proper kitchen triangle.  The fridge is now found on the opposite wall in between the sink and stove.  If you drew a line between the fridge, stove, and sink it would be a nice triangle- which is optimum for a workable kitchen.

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

For better or worse, I could talk about this kitchen for days.  In addition to the reconfiguration of appliances, I modified a 100 year old cabinet to give the fridge a home, installed new lower cabinets and countertops, modified another non-original cabinet (next to the fridge) to look original, installed open shelves, and tiled the walls with the sexiest wall tile ever.

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal with open shelves via Year of Serendipity

The ceiling got all new drywall over the cracking plaster and is now the ONLY textured wall or ceiling in the house.  Even though it’s new, going over the old ceiling gave it some lumps and ridges that would have been glaringly obvious if this ceiling was smooth.  Now, with the least amount of texture possible, you see no blemishes, just a clean ceiling.

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

Millie the fliphouse kitchen reveal via Year of Serendipity

What’s a good before and after post without some old and news side by side?

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And that floor

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Come back tomorrow for another space revealed!

8 thoughts on “Millie: Kitchen Reveal!”

  1. Thanks everyone for all the warm and fuzzies! This house has totally been ridiculously hard but a total labor of love, esp this kitchen!

    1. The base cabinets are Martha Stewart cabinets from Home Depot in the color Ocean Floor, and the uppers were original to the 100+ year old house which I painted with Behr Marquee’s Crisp Linen

  2. This renovation is unbelievable! I appreciate how you were able to keep some of the old house charm and update at the same time! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you are not renovating with all white kitchen cabinets and carrara marble! What type of tile did you install? It is SO gorgeous, especially with the lower cabinet color!

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