Flip House, Master Bath Reno, and 34 Weeks Pregnant…

We’ve got so much going on right now. Sometimes I think we’re a little bit wacko to tackle so much at one time…but alas, here we are! 

First off we’re elbow deep into our current flip house. It’s been 3 weeks since demo day and we’ve had stuff going on almost each day. We had the new HVAC system with a gas furnace installed last week. This week the new rooms started being framed, we had a new roof put on, and the painting started. I’ve pretty much finished all of the designing and shopping for this house already. All of the bathroom fixtures, lighting, tile, and paint has been purchased. I am SO stoked for this house to start taking shape. I decided to go with a creamy White for the walls (exact color is Sherwin William’s Drift of Mist) and a medium gray (Sherwin William’s Dorian Gray) for all of the trim and interior doors. This house had fabulous, thick old trim and I wanted it to be a highlighted feature in the design of this house. Here’s a sneak peek of these colors.

As soon as the kitchen cabinets are finished being painted (in Sherwin William’s Alabaster), we will select the granite so it can be installed. 

Once the bathrooms start coming together I’ll share details of those rooms. Here’s a hint, we’re creating an enormous master suite by turning the old den into the master bath!! Whoo, I can hardly wait! It’s going to be incredible! 

My goal is to have most of my design work completed for this house before our baby makes his appearance in the next several weeks. This will allow me to have some necessary time off from this project after he is born. 

The next project that we have going on is at our house. At this very moment our master bathroom is fully gutted and is about to receive a complete makeover. We’re also hoping to have this done before the baby comes, hopefully even in this next week. We’re rearranging the layout of the room, we’ve removed 2 closets and are adding a new walk in closet, adding all new tile, a new vanity, new shower, fresh paint, lighting, fixtures, etc. I’m SO excited! 

My vision for this bathroom was for it to be a good mixture of several styles and not feel too “trendy”. I want it to be classy enough to last for a long, long time. The goal of the design is for it to feel clean and fresh with a hint of a historical, Charleston feel, a hint of farmhouse, and a hint of industrial. But not too much of any of those. I want it to feel fresh and airy. I’ll share a few individual pictures of some of the items going into this bathroom. 

This gorgeous, classy tile is perfect! I knew it was the right one the moment I found it!! We will use it to cover the floor and the large soap box in the shower will be in this tile too!

This 72″ vanity is handmade from reclaimed wood and will have two above mount white, rectangle sinks on it.

These lights that we decided to use for above the vanity were the perfect mixture of industrial and farmhouse. We have three of these lights that will be to the left, middle, and right of the round, brass rimmed mirrors.


The tub/shower will be tiled in a large white subway tile with charcoal colored grout. The wall behind the toilet will also be tiled in this same subway tile. The rest of the walls are going to be painted in a bright, fresh…wait for it…green!! Yes, green! Imagine a creamy sage green, but a bit brighter. I’m so excited! Another feature I’m pretty excited about are these built in shelves next to the shower. They will look kinda like this.

One of the design staples that inspired this room came from a purchase we made during our recent trip to Charleston, SC. We love it there so much and wanted to incorporate some pieces from there into our new bathroom. I purchased two old prints (one of a painting of the battery and downtown area and one old map).  I framed them in antique brass frames and they will be hung above the toilet on the tile wall. Can you get a sense yet of the feeling I’m trying to achieve in here?! Ahh, I can feel it and can’t wait to see it all come together! 

Stay tuned for the before and after pictures as soon as this room is finished! I promise I’ll do a blog post. 

XOXO,

Megan

Nursery for Baby Boy #3

In today’s blog post I’m going to share the reveal of our new baby boy’s nursery. As of today I’m 29 weeks pregnant, so he won’t be here for about another two months or so but we had about a month “break” in our home renovation schedule/timeline so we decided to use that opportunity to get the nursery accomplished and not leave it waiting until the last minute. 

Before I start with the nursery pictures, I’ll give an update from Hartman Homes. In my last blog post I mentioned that we were about a week away from closing on the sale of our 3rd flip house. Well, praise the Lord, that went smoothly and we closed on it exactly as scheduled! And then a week later we closed on the house we bid on and purchased at auction in April. Exciting stuff!! Demo day for that house is scheduled for next Saturday, so stay tuned for an update soon after! 

Alrighty, back to the nursery reveal. This room previously functioned as a guest bedroom. Due to the fact that all of Nathan’s family live at least 1000 miles away from us, that room was utilized quite frequently. However, we had no option but to turn it into a nursery to accommodate our newest arrival.  Here is a picture of how this room previously looked.


So, my vision for this nursery was for it to be masculine and have a vintage feel to it,  yet not have a specific theme.  I’m not big on specific themed nurseries these days… like nautical, or a certain cartoon character,  or monster themed, etc. I feel like that limits the room so much, and also doesn’t allow for it to grow with the child. 

I chose to do navy blue walls and chose the Sherwin Williams color “Anchor’s Aweigh”.  The room already had a bead board accent wall and we painted it in Sherwin William’s “Greek Villa” which is a creamy white. 

One of the most exciting parts of this room is the fact that it cost me zero dollars! Let me explain. I sold almost everything out of this room either through Craigslist, FB marketplace, and at a yard sale that we had. I then used that money to furnish this nursery. We also reused a crib and changing table/dresser from the twins old nursery, which was free. The rocking chair, twin bed, and curtains we previously had as well. The rug was previously used by Hartman Interiors as a staging item, but I reclaimed it to belong in this nursery after I realized how well it matched. 

Some people may think that it’s odd that we keep a twin bed in a baby’s nursery, but we have found that it to be a good idea. Any parent knows that when you have a baby, there’s a high probability that one of the two parents will end up staying in the nursery, even if only for a few hours every now and then. For us, we prefer to be comfortable when sleeping in the room with a sick or fussy baby. The answer for that is to provide a bed for the adult.  The bedding on the twin bed used to be on my bed when I was a little girl and my mama had saved it and given it to me. The bed itself was owned by Nathan’s great grandmother years ago and is over 100 years old.  I think it’s so cool how this room brings in history from both of our families. 

The rest of the items I purchased specifically for the room and I’ll share the sources at the end of this post. 

Also, we always choose to keep our name choice a secret until the baby is born, but these pictures give a hint. The initials are above the bed, but we won’t be sharing the actual name until he is born. 

And now…here are the after pictures.


*Curtains, small wreath on the wall, and wicker basket: Home Goods

*Large mirror: Target

*Floor lamp: Target

*Crib skirt, crib sheet, and changing pad cover: Babies R Us

*Intitals amd striped picture frame on the wal: Hobby Lobby

*Rug: World Market

*End table/chest: Yard sale find for $15!

*Lamp on end table: Walmart

*Large wreath above the end table: Yard sale find for $5! 

*Antique print of a boat: Miss Minnie’s Antique Shop near the coast

As always, thanks for reading!!

XOXO,

Megan

A DIYer’s Guide to Updating Old Furniture

I picked up this little chest of drawers from a fella I met through Craigslist. Well, I technically met this dresser on Craigslist, knew I needed it in my life, and then met its owner when I picked it up. I purchased it for $50.00. Not too bad…more than I wanted to pay, but that was as low as he would go. 

Yesterday was it’s “rehab” day. I had refinished a different dresser on Saturday and was planning to make this one match it, since they were both going to be going in our bedroom. Here’s a picture of the first one I finished.  

 
Since I had just completed that one, I had leftover supplies to use on this one. Here is a before picture of my little chest of drawers.  

 Lots of potential, but currently unattractive… 
Here’s a step by step guide on how I transformed it—

1- Remove all the knobs and pulls. I used a drill to remove these, but you could use a simple screwdriver too, it would just take longer.

2- This next step is essential to refinishing any piece of furniture…sand it really well. This dresser had so much varnish on it that it needed a lot of sanding to get down to the wood. Even with using an electric sander my arms were sore the next morning. 

3-After sanding, thoroughly wipe off the furniture to remove all the dust the sanding created.

4-Apply your first coat of paint. I brushed this one in Sherwin Williams Dover White, although in the past I’ve rolled paint on and also used a paint sprayer too. So really it’s up to you on how you want to paint it. This next picture is kinda halfway through painting the first coat of paint on.

  
5- Let the first coat dry, and then paint a second coat of paint on. Let it dry again.

6- Here’s where you get to be creative and it gets fun. In the past I’ve often just sanded some paint off in certain areas to give a chippy, distressed look, but I wanted to try something different with this set of furniture. I purchased Valspar’s antiquing glaze, pictured below, and applied it with an old, hard bristled brush. The glaze is workable for 15 minutes, so I let it set for a bit and then rubbed it off with an old t-shirt. If I finished a spot and then decided it needed more I would just reapply and then wipe it off again.

7- Once that dries, make sure to seal it with something. If you forget this step, your beautiful paint job will be more likely to mess up once you start using it. I used Minwax’s spray Polycrylic Protective Finish, but there’s kinds you can brush on too. I sprayed two coats of this on and let it sit for about an hour.

  
    8- Put your knobs and pulls back on. Sometimes I will paint the knobs/pulls and sometimes I will replace them with different ones, but I simply reused most of the ones from this dresser because they had a lot of personality already. I did replace the top two knobs because they were pretty plain and boring. I had imagined using glass knobs, but then I looked around in my “spare knobs” container in the basement and discovered two from a previous job that I had leftover. They matched pretty great, so that ended up saving me some money!
The final product is something I’m pretty proud of! I think it has a weathered and worn, almost driftwood look to it. It’s not perfect, and that’s something that I like about it. It makes my heart happy!

   
   
Now I just need to fill it up and put it in its new home where I can admire it everyday! 

Thanks for reading! If you try these tips, let me know how your project turns out!! I’d love to know!

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you… follow me on Pinterest. I just set it up to where it is linked to my blog.  The board is called Hartman Interiors. The pictures there are all direct links to this blog!

XOXO,

Megan

Dining Room Facelift

I’ve been sharing a lot about our flip house lately and not very much about our house. Truth is, we spend most of our time at our flips. But, our current one is finished and I’ve been doing a little “sprucing up” at our own house. 

Our dining room has always been one of my favorite rooms in our house. It was built with good bones, per se. There’s an exposed brick wall and two archways leading into this room. One wall has a huge door leading onto our deck. The character in this room is one of the biggest reasons I was so drawn to this house the day we looked at it. But of course there were still improvements to be made. We’ve been slowly making improvements since we moved in over two years ago. Here are some pictures taken the day before we moved in.   

 
  This was taken the day we moved in…  
And this is just a week or so later when I added some fall decor.

 Certainly a good space, but it needed some special touches. Our first project was to paint some horizontal stripes on the wall leading out to the deck.  This picture was taken during the progress. 

 The next change we made in here was replacing the chandelier. The fixture wasn’t horrible, it just wasn’t my favorite. I found a replacement that I think fits the space so well. I think it’s technically a light for over an island, but I love the way it looks over the table when looking through the arches. Another huge bonus…I scored it at a yard sale for $4. Yep…$4.00!  This is not a great picture, and I apologize.
 The addition of the rugs came next. I previously had the jute and cowhide rugs in the living room, but replaced them with a larger wool rug that fits the size of the living room better. When I moved these rugs into the dining room I knew it was a perfect fit! Right after that, we added our open, industrial shelving to the brick wall. I have loved having a place to display some of my prettier kitchen/dining items. 

The next change was our new sliding glass door. The previous sliding door that led out to the deck didn’t do much “sliding”. It was old and worn out. It took much effort to open and close it, and the locking mechanism was broken. So basically we lived here with an unlocked door for 2 years. Good thing we live in a good area. šŸ˜‰The new decor items in the pictures below were just added in the past couple weeks and is what inspired this post. 

  Isn’t that Farmer’s Market sign incredible? I ordered it from Painted Fox Home, and although it took 2 months to arrive, I was very pleased!  
    
That wreath is made from an old Webster’s dictionary. I saw it at a little local boutique and fell in love. 

That window was one of many windows that was found in a building on my grandparents property years ago. I cleaned it up and used it just like it was found. So, the paint distressing is all natural!

 Thanks for stopping by and checking out our little dining room facelift! 
XOXO,

Megan

Flip Update: Living Room

Tonight we met with the realtor who will be listing our flip house and she was blown away! It literally made my day. She actually even said to me, “Joanna Gaines couldn’t have done this better herself”. I was floored. I don’t think she could have given a more flattering comment. Her marketing specialist will be taking pictures next Wednesday and the house will hit the market the following Wednesday and we will have an open house that same weekend.

 To say I’m excited is an understatement. Hearing an outsider (someone not a family member or friend whose obligated to say they like it) say that they really love all the work you’ve done is so humbling and exciting all at once. It sure makes all the long hours and late nights worth it. 

Tonight’s post is about the living room transformation.

  This room didn’t need a whole lot in regard to renovations. It got a new ceiling fan and a fresh coat of paint (wall color is Sherwin Williams Olympus White and trim color is Sherwin Williams Snowbound) and it was pretty much ready to go. The original hardwood flooring was in such good shape that it didn’t even need refinishing.

The biggest transformation in here happened once we brought furniture in and I got to decorate the space. Now remember, EVERY single piece in this room is for sale to anyone who wants it. Whether that be a potential buyer, realtor, or even YOU who are reading this post. So if you see something you’re interested in contact me and I can let you know the price(s). 

Without further ado, here are the after pictures:

   
Isn’t that entry way table darling?! It was custom made by Carolina Chic Home Decor from reclaimed wood taken from a one room school house located in Lexington, NC. Isn’t that so cool! It looks so very perfect in this living room.

    That little gem of a picture frame hanging behind the couch was a find at an antique shop in Shallotte, NC. It was love at first sight the moment I laid my eyes on it. I knew immediately what I wanted to use it for.   

That trunk…isn’t it so dreamy? Believe it or not, that was a yard sale find. Total score!

 
This little end table was a thrifted yard sale find too. It underwent an overhaul by yours truly, and now it’s beautiful! It works perfect for this space. 
   
  
 
I had so much fun designing this space and picking out the furniture and decor for this room. I wanted it neutral enough that it would appeal to lots of people, but I wanted to add enough color and pattern to make it feel cozy and homey (I’m aware that’s not a real word šŸ˜‰). I’m very satisfied with the end result. Ultimately I hope that the financial and time expense of staging helps with the sale of our home. We shall see.

So, the real question is…what do you guys think of the living room?

XOXO,

Megan

Flip House Update

Tomorrow will be one month since we closed on our current flip project. I feel like we’ve been moving pretty quickly on this one so far. Our goal is to have it on the market in one more month. We shall see. We’ve hired out some of the work on this one (painting!), so our sanity has been easier to maintain this go round.

Nathan and a couple of his buddies did all of the demo the weekend after we purchased it. The renovation has progressed very quickly since then. I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind the past couple weeks trying to pick out all the fixtures.  It seems like everyday there has been something new that has to be decided on: granite, light fixtures, flooring, new bathroom floor plans, plans for the built-in bench seating in the sunroom, tile and fixtures for the shower, etc etc. It is SO much fun though. I seriously love it! Sometimes I take a step back and think, “Is this really my life?” I just feel so blessed. For literally years we wanted to start flipping and just simply didn’t have the money to get started. But here we are, halfway through with our second one and we have no plans to stop after this. 

Let me tell you what all we decided to do on this one. For starters, we decided to add a second bath. This was a biggie. We kept going back and forth. We knew it would make our renovation timeline longer, and more pricey, but in the end we decided that the return would be well worth it. Next we had to move the laundry room since the new bathroom would make the laundry room impossible to stay where it currently was. We tore out the old kitchen and the existing bathroom down to the studs and they are going to both be completely new. We took out the two support posts between the dining room and living room and replaced them with a header beam to make the house seem much more open. We replaced the black and white vinyl flooring in the kitchen and sunroom. All the light fixtures are being replaced. The whole house, including: walls, trim, doors, and ceilings are getting painted. We are having a portion of the driveway torn out and replaced, and having a new, much cozier side walked poured too. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention…I am going to stage the main living spaces!!! Do you hear me?! Not only do I get to renovate and design the whole house, but I get to furnish and decorate it too! Is this for real? 

We decided that since staging definitely helps with the sale of a home, why not invest in doing it on ours. If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I’ve just recently started an interior design and staging business, so deciding to stage this home could not have thrilled my heart more. I’m going to have everything in the home for sale, that way if any of the potential buyers, realtors, etc want to purchase any of it then they are more than welcome. I get to decorate and someone has the opportunity to move into a furnished home. Win/win situation!

Here are a few progress picture I took just recently. You can read my previous blog post titled “Ready, Set, Flip” to see the before photos. 

I feel like I should add, that all the purple you see on the walls in these pictures is the new moisture resistant drywall put in the bathrooms that just hasn’t been painted yet. 

 All of the existing wood on the walls in the kitchen will be staying, but will be bright and painted upon completion. The texture and character was just so perfect that I couldn’t bear to have it removed. 

The new tile flooring I decided to go with is this beautiful, wide planked, wood grain looking gray tile and I am in love with it!

   I chose a white subway tile for the shower with the soap box and horizontal stripe done with gray and white marble. The result turned out perfect.  Here is what the new bathroom currently looks like. It’s studded in and plumbing is run to it, but all the “fun” stuff has yet to be completed. But I really do have some exciting stuff picked out for it!   

 Stay posted to see what the final product looks like!  I can’t wait to show you pictures. 
XOXO,

Megan 

Ready, Set, Flip…

Today we bought our next flip house. We can hardly wait to get started on this one. Our demo day is this coming Saturday. We have BIG plans for this home! 

This almost 1500 sq ft brick home is situated on 2.5 acres of land and has a sunroom, two car garage, and three out buildings. It has so much potential just waiting to have some “Hartman Interiors” special touches added to it.  I’m planning to blog throughout the flip of this one, so I wanted to start with some before pictures. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
Stay posted to see progress pictures, updates and to hear our plans!

XOXO,

Megan