Foyer Reveal

Hi friends! Today I’m going to share the before and after pictures of what we did to transform the foyer/entryway of our most recent flip house. 

Before I start with that, let me tell you some exciting stuff! This house went under contract 18 hours after we listed it for sale! Do you hear me?!?! 18 hours!!! We could hardly believe it either. We accepted the first offer we had in writing, although we had been told we had another coming in that day and had 4 or 5 more showings (I can’t remember exactly) scheduled for that day and the next. Our closing date is in a week, so we’re prayerful that everything goes smoothly. Closing dates always make us nervous, and I don’t think that will ever change no matter how many homes we renovate and sell. 

Exactly a week after we close on this home, we close on the purchase of our next. We already have demo day on the calendar for that project and can’t wait to get knee deep into renovations on it. 

I have some exciting plans for the kitchen and baths for that house and it’s at this beginning point in the design process of a new project that I get so excited I can hardly contain myself. The very beginning of designing and shopping ranks at a similar high point as the end reveal of a project. Creating a vision and seeing that vision come to a reality are the BEST parts of this journey, in my eyes. Nathan would probably argue that demo day and payday are his favorite parts. 😂 We make a pretty great team!

We’ve also got some big things going on at home that I’m sure I’ll be blogging about soon. We’ve been working on the project of converting our guest room into a nursery for our little boy that is due in July. That room is almost done, so be looking for a post about that soon. We are also a few weeks away from totally destroying and redesigning our master bathroom. That room is BIG, but SO very outdated. My guess would be that it is original to how it was built in 1978. A renovation for that bathroom is long overdue, so we have finally decided to tackle that project and hopefully have it completed before the new baby gets here. 

I know you’re probably all thinking that we are totally crazy and cram way too much stuff into our schedules. But, truth is, we genuinely enjoy being busy. This stuff is fun to us, and the reward is great in so many ways. I think that we would be bored if we weren’t juggling several projects at a time. 

Alright…back to the foyer reveal. We nicknamed this room “the closet full of doors” because that is what it looked like when we bought it. This is the space that you walked into right when you came in the front door, and it was ugly! Upon entering, you were faced with the decision to choose one of 6 doorways (yes, SIX!) that led to other areas of the house. It was a really dark and closed off room to literally everything. So, of course we had to change that. I always try to design a home with this little thing in mind. I want to be able to take no more than two steps into the home from the main doorway and be able to see the majority of the main living spaces. To me, within two steps a buyer will either fall in love, or move on. 

Let’s start with some before pictures.

This first picture is the view you had from standing on the front porch.

And here’s a close up of the closet at the end of the foyer.

Here are a couple pictures from some of our incredible demo day crew taking care of our “too many doors” problem.


Men love to destroy stuff… and I love coming by at the end of demo day and hearing their stories. We are so blessed to have a great group of friends and family who are always up for lending a hand on these work days (of course we pay them, but still…). 

This room ended up having only one door way exiting off from it, and that one led to the master suite. The closet at the back of the foyer I turned into a built in hall tree/mud room area. When I designed it, I imagined book bags, shoes, purses and lunch boxes finding a home here in the mornings and then again in the evenings. It turned out incredible, just like I imagined in my mind. The seat on the top of the bench is butcher block that matches the kitchen countertops. And the background of the built in is bead board, which matches the background of the shelves in the living room. All of these little intentional design elements keep the house looking cohesive and the design looking purposeful and thought out. 

We replaced the light fixture with a very inviting new one and continued the hardwoods from the rest of the house in this space. The walls were painted in Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray, and the trim was painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster. The finished product is one that I was immensely pleased with! 

This next picture shows how much more large and open the home feels now that this room isn’t just a corridor of doorways. It’s such a pretty space now!


Well, friends…that’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by and reading. Stay tuned for all of the other posts coming soon that I mentioned earlier. I’m thinking the next post may be about our baby’s nursery. That room is already making me so happy, and it’s not even totally finished.

XOXO,

Megan

Kitchen and Dining Reveal

Ya’ll I’m SUPER excited to share this post!! We have been working nearly non stop to get this project completed. It’s not done yet, but we finally have our first set of before and after pictures. 

Yesterday we spent all day over at our flip house and finished the kitchen and dining room. And I must say, it is my absolute favorite house we have done to date. The entire house is such a huge transformation that it almost doesn’t even look like the same place! I’ll start here with before pictures and then give the details before sharing the afters.



I know in another blog post I had given some ideas that I had about the kitchen. I had mentioned quartz counters and a tin backsplash. Well, I changed my mind on both of those things. 

We almost went with a gray quartz called “concrete”. We had gone and picked it out, had the company come to the house to do laser measurements, etc. We had budgeted $50/sq foot for countertops, which was exactly what the price of these were. However when I met with the guy for a price, they had added hundreds of dollars of fees for extra stuff besides the price of the counters. He also said they were 3-4 weeks out from being able to come out and install them. We didn’t like the added costs or the long timeline so we decided to go a different direction. 

I really didn’t want to put granite countertops in this house. I don’t exactly know why, I just wasn’t feeling it for this kitchen. Granite usually has a lot of pattern and swirls and I just didn’t think that would fit well in this space. So, we explored the idea of butcher block countertops and ultimately chose this option. We picked a butcher block countertop made from walnut and purchased from Lumber Liquidators. After three coats of food grade mineral oil, the results are stunning! We are super pleased. 

These countertops add to the sense of rustic vintage that this kitchen has, but that feeling is balanced out by the modern colors of the cabinets, light fixtures, stainless appliances and sink. I chose to go with a white subway tile for the backsplash, but rather than go with the normal 3″x 6″ tile, I picked the 4″x 8″ tile to make it a little less busy. The grout color is “charcoal” and it really makes the backsplash tile pop. 

We decided to keep the original cabinets, which is something we haven’t done before. They were in good shape, just ugly, so we painted them and replaced the hardware and that made a huge difference. I actually like the fact that they are the original cabinetry, something about that brings a sense of history and a vintage feel to the space. I chose to do white upper cabinets (exact color is Sherwin Williams Alabaster) and navy blue lower cabinets (color is Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent). This color combination had a lot of people questioning my decision making skills, but I could see the end picture and they just couldn’t see it yet. In the end everyone who had hesitated the color choices before told me that they loved it now. Oh, almost forgot…the wall color in the  dining room (as well as the majority of the rest of the house) is Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray. It’s a perfect gray color that has some depth to it. I’m kinda getting bored of plain light grays. I don’t know why. I feel like everyone in design went gray crazy and I’m just getting tired of it now. But this color we used is warm enough and could even be considered a “greige” or in other words, a beige gray.

The kitchen also had a peninsula and a decorative beam above the peninsula that made it feel really small, so we took all of that out and the space feels twice as big now. The kitchen originally didn’t have a spot for a dishwasher, so we created space for that and made it look like an original piece of the cabinetry by casing it in and having countertop extended over the top. You’d never known it wasn’t originally in this kitchen.   

Of course all of the lighting is new, as well as the sink and faucet. Those are usually a must in my opinion. I guess if you had an awesome light fixture that you could reuse that would be fine, but we’ve never had a house with anything nice enough to reuse. We always budget brand new lighting and faucets for the entire house into the initial budget for a flip project.  These small changes make a world of difference in the aesthetics of a home. 

And lastly, the flooring in the kitchen matches the rest of the house. I decided on a 5.25″ wide engineered hardwood called “hickory heritage” and the color is perfect. Not too dark, not too light and distressed just a wee bit.

Without further ado, here are the after pictures.




Well, what do you guys think?? I would love to hear your input!

XOXO,

Megan