Beaux R'eves

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Flipping Houses- A Before and After Story

Warning!  This story can get complicated at times so I hope you can follow along...

As many of you know I am an Interior Designer and a Home Stager.  But what you may not know about me is that I was once part of a Builder/Designer team.  My partner and I built many high end homes in the Kansas area.  We had a great time designing and building fabulous homes until the home market crashed... 
 Not to worry though, we did OK, but we had to get creative. 
 On one occasion we had a home for sale in a great Subdivision that sat and sat and sat, unsold.  
We finally got an offer from a couple that wanted to purchase the home but didn't want to go through the trouble of selling their home.  
We ended up taking their home in trade and they paid the difference
 on the "New" home.  
Still with me?

It wasn't a "Bad" home, just a little neglected and dated.  

So are you ready for the rest of this complicated story? 
 It gets better!  
We "inherited" this house in December and thought "well, we can just get in and turn it around and get it on the market quickly".  
On New Years Day my older boys drove home from our vacation house in Colorado 
to find OUR home totally FLOODED with water everywhere!!!  
It was a total disaster!  (that's a whole other post)
  We had to move out while they renovated our home.  
 Where did we move to?  
 Why the "inherited"  house of course! 
 We spent every day either remodeling what we called the "rehab" house
 or over at our house overseeing the renovation.
  It was a tough 6 months but in the end a very happy story.  

Let me share the Before and After Pictures with you and tell my story room by room.
This was the Living Room or Music Room as you enter the home.
  It was painted a Navy Blue with  old carpet and dated furniture.  
The whole house's color story was kind of dated Jewel tones.
Here is the After. 
 I'm sure this furniture looks familiar. (it survived the flood)  
We painted the trim Basic White and the walls SW Cocoa. 
 I staged it as a sitting room and kept the look minimal for resale purposes.
This is the Dining Room.  
You can see that they were in the process of moving when we took these pictures.
  Red walls, dated drapes with pom-poms, brass light fixture.  
And After.  
Doesn't this look so fresh and new?  
We painted the walls a light teal blue, replaced the carpet, took down the drapes and added these silk green drapes from Tuesday Morning, and I redid the Chandelier.  
After  I sprayed the Brass with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint I then aged it with some Old Masters paint that I had around.  
I changed out the shades with some shades I found with cute fringe
 at a discount store in my area.  
What a great inexpensive change.  
 This is the Before of the Great Room. 
 This room sits in the middle of the house and is the first thing you see from the front door. 
 It was pretty lackluster and boring. 
 But, it had great windows and a nice raised fireplace.
In this picture you can see the front door.  
The dining room is there with all the boxes and the Music room or sitting room is to the right.
And, here is the After.  
Again lots of paint and new carpet. 
 Mr. Beaux retiled the fireplace with tiles that we bought at a discount warehouse
 and we painted the fireplace surround. 
 The color on the walls is SW Latte. 
 It looks greenish in this picture but it's not really.  
Another view. 
 You can see into the Kitchen and Hearth room.  
There is my wine cabinet. 
And another view.
  You see the  stairs leading up to the second floor.  
I got this sectional for a steal of $700.00 and the best part was that it would fit through any doorway with the legs off. 
 I had plans to put it in my son's Bonus room after we sold the house.

There is a lot more to cover in this house.  The rooms I've shown you really just involved paint(that we did all ourselves) and new carpet.  There is a lot more "Do it Yourself" to come.   I hope you will check back for part two of this Saga!

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves
XO Cindy
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Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

This is a really pretty house. I love the updates you gave it! The dining room is gorgeous! Love the blue walls. I neeeeed a new couch! Love the one you found. Still pondering on whether to get a sectional or not??

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I didn't know your home flooded. Wow, remarkable makeovers in that home. We know all too well about the poor housing market after the crash here in one of the hardest hit areas in the country and my hubby is on the banking end of it. It has been tough.
Can't wait to see more of your reveal.

Maureen Wyatt said...

It's great that you are showing exactly what you did to update the house for resale! ~ Maureen

dee dee said...

totally followed all that and wow... if that was the rehab house... while dated (before you gave it love) it was beautiful! You are so talented!
dee dee

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

WOW- those are amazing before and afters!


(And sorry about the flooding, that's awful to ever hear!) Hope it came out ok!!?

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

As a former Home Stager and now a Real Estate Broker, I can appreciate all of your hard work and efforts. People do not realize that in this market, you simply cannot stick a sign in the yard and call it a day. I am a Bull Dog when it comes to listing homes. My Sellers and I do a complete walk-thru of their home and I make suggestions on both decluttering, painting, etc. Most of the time, the homes where the Sellers follow my instruction sell much quicker from the homes where the Sellers knew more than me. (I LOVE that color I think others will, too) :) Its a major change and I especially love the difference in the DR. Such a pretty color. You did good. :)

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hi Cindy, I love flipped houses before and afters. You did an awesome job. I helped my sister to update her home when they were moving out of state. We watched HGTV for tips and though I'm not a pro designer, I have done it part-time for others. The little house had so much character, and they had multiple offers and sold for a great price. Plus it was a great bonding time for me and my older sister before she moved away. : ) Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more.

Carol said...

Very nice job - I can't wait to check back and see what else you did.
Hugs -
Carol @arewethereyet

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Wow, what a story and adventure. Glad to see the step by step update of this house. Great job and a lot of work on your family's part.

sell my house said...

Wom! it's a prety house.thanks for share this.
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Nellie's Cozy Place said...

wow, great job, love the new look.
Very nice!
blessings, Nellie

Special 'K' said...

Wonderful makeovers. Love before and afters. Thanks for sharing, Happy Easter, take care and enjoy! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Abolutely Gorgeous! I love everything you did AND the furnishings! LOVE!

Lou Cinda


Oh my goodness, your house looks gorgeous! I remember reading about your flood and now it looks amazing! We had a flood in our past house, a damn broke and you can just imagine! Can't wait to see more of your great reveals. Many blessings and happy EASTER.

Entertaining Women said...

Oh, a flooded home is so overwhelming. Job well done on the inherited house. It turned out to be real blessing for you and yours. Thanks for inviting us fot a peak. Cherry Kay

Pamela said...

So sorry to hear that your home flooded. That is always one of my worst fears. You did an amazing job brining it back to life! Thanx so much for linking up to THT! Your home is a true treasure!

Richard Cottrell said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, My Old Historic House. I am your newest follower. I look forward to seeing more of your blog soon. happy Easter. Richard

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I'm sorry to hear about your home flooding.

I love what you did with this home. The power of paint is always amazing. Your decorating style is wonderful.


Debbiedoos said...

Sorry your home flooded..that is so scary and sad. Your before and after makeovers are amazing! Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

DTTD said...

Bummer about the flood - good thing you had the inherited house to move into! You've done a great job freshening it up. Love the green curtains & blue walls in the dining room, and the great room look very warm and welcoming now :-)


Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Sorry to hear of the flood - happened to me once and it is just chaos!! The "afters" are fabulous - nicely done and so pretty!

Unknown said...

Sorry about the flood. You have done a beautiful job on the update. I love the color combinations. So fresh and new, but still say welcome.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such an amazing house. So sorry about the flood, I can't even imagine. Everything looks fantastic. I could live there in a heartbeat. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Rooms by Ann said...

Sorry about The flood. You did an amazing job in fixing and redecoring this home . Thanks for sharing.

Calypso In The Country said...

Wow, what a story - but how lucky you were to have someplace to move! I love your updates to the rooms!

Grandma Linda's Daydreams said...

I'm so sorry about the flood, what a horror! You did an amazing job bringing the beautiful house back and your rooms are just gorgeous with their new paint colors and furniture. It's so lovely!
I thought your makeover of the brass chandelier was especially good, and clever! It looks fabulous!
Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams

Unknown said...

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