With just eight days to go until the Country Living shoot, I am so happy to share that the tables have finally turned—this weekend was the best on record for the cottage house flip:
It’s a bit surprising that I’m feeling so positive considering I didn’t complete any of the top three items on my DIY to-do list (build the dining table, build/install the shutters, finish/install the laundry room barn door) but when you survive two weeks of everything going wrong, you’ll take any progress as success!
Perhaps the biggest reason I’ve managed to stay calm is that I have complete faith in my contractor. He understands how important this deadline is and has gone out of his way to make sure we are on track. We have our game plan in place and will be working up until the last second to finish, but it will get done.
The other reason is that Mother Nature seems to have finally decided to play nice. The weather forecast for the next 10 days could not be more perfect—warmer temperatures to melt the snow, rain to help wash it away, and sunny skies on Open House day. Let’s just hope it stays that way.
As of now, the house is still buried in snow and there’s no driveway access or place to park on the road that has become one lane. We had to find a plowed driveway on another street behind the house who was kind enough to let us park there, and carved a path through the neighborhood to get to the back of the house.
The path is long, icy and slippery, so the contractors had to use sleds to transport all of their equipment. Seriously, how many contractors out there would do that?
Here’s the end of the trail, up to the back of the house. One of the guys was carrying a heavy wood beam and slipped and fell… ugh. I felt terrible. Never flip in the middle of a snowstorm, people!
Clearly this situation will not work during the open house, so I am praying that this rain makes enough of a dent in the snow so that we can use the driveway… and that folks actually have a place to park. I’ll have to figure out how to pay the city to plow it if I have to… or I’ll be out there myself with a shovel, either way.
But it sure is pretty to look at.
While the weather was cooperating they wrapped up painting on the porch, and by the time this post is published they should (hopefully) be done with all of the exterior paint. They had to get guys up on the roof to clear off the snow in order to paint the dormers. I can’t wait to see it when I come back in a couple days!
Now let’s head inside…
The house is actually messier than its ever been. There’s half completed projects, tools, paint and sawdust everywhere.
Visually, it feels like we’ve actually regressed but I can see past the mess and know that as soon as the workers are done and have cleared out their tools and equipment, it will all come together fast—we’re talking just a few days.
Still, it’s slightly overwhelming to think that this must be photoshoot (and Open House) ready next week:
But, do you see that door? Oh man, I am in love.
It all started with this screen door from Lowe’s:
Then I borrowed a pneumatic staple gun from one of the guys (although the handheld version works just fine) and began securing the lace. You want to make sure it’s pulled taught so that there is no loose fabric, but not so tight that it stretches and distorts the lace. It’s a nice happy medium.
Once the staples were placed every few inches or so around the entire perimeter, I cut the excess fabric with scissors.
Then I folded and tucked any extra and stapled any loose areas.
Love love love it. I ordered a crystal knob from eBay which will complete the vintage look, and the next time you see this door it will be on a sliding track in front of the laundry room!
Speaking of the laundry room… I finally finished the trim and got the washer/dryer back into place.
The baseboard below the cabinet will be painted black, and I’m also painting the shelf trim on the right (probably white) so the only natural wood in here will be the counter top. The ceiling needs a bit of touch up paint and then this room will be finito! (after a good cleaning & staging, of course)
While we’re upstairs, let’s look at the hallway…
It’s a little cramped—there’s still doors that need to be reattached and beds that are being shuffled around.
But the wood landing has been painted and it’s coming along.
Speaking of beds, remember my sad story about one of the matching twin bed footboards going missing? Well, that was a blessing in disguise because I walked into the Restore Friday morning and found these:
They had just arrived the night before. Two matching antique Jenny Lind style beds… for $20/each! I was happy dancing all over the place. Restore, you are a designers’ greatest gift.
Anyway, I happily loaded those babies into the car, set them up and gave them a quick update (using Valspar’s Cracked Pepper):
They make my heart sing.
I can’t wait to decorate and photograph this room.
Because I found these beds, I was able to use the extra bed for another room!
This is Bedroom #4, the littlest of them all. Excuse the mattresses in the way.
That morning I had also scored a set of old bronze pulls from another thrift store, which I used to finish this dresser update—which you can only see half of right now, I apologize.
Sometimes I think this will be my favorite room (the bedding is so sweet)… can not wait to show you! If only I could get a decent picture. You’ll have to come to the open house if you want to see it how it’s meant to be shown 🙂
While we’re on the bedroom update tour, here’s #5:
Yep, still a mess, and it’s going to take a few different angles to fit these all in.
Bedroom #3 has come a long way. I finally have the bed in place (thanks to my parents for letting me borrow it!) and installed a couple sconce lights over the weekend.
I bought 5 of these sconces for this house, so obsessed.
I’m also loving this quilted bed skirt from Wayfair (I bought two of these as well):
Bedroom #2 is seconds away from being finished…
I’m still playing around with the bedding (will be changing a few things) and need to update the artwork. Aren’t these buffalo check sheets fun for a mountain home? (or any home, really…)
A couple pillows in this charming reading nook and we’ll be set.
And lastly, bedroom #1, also known as the “master suite”:
This is NOT the bedding I plan to use—I just threw it on for my parents to stay warm when we stayed the night. I picked up this gorgeous toile quilt set so the colors will be very soft, warm and relaxing. There will be black night stands, bronze reading lamps, a white cushy reading chair and probably a different rug, among other things.
Country Living will most likely only include 2-3 bedrooms in their spread, so it’s fun to guess which ones they’ll choose. I’m pretty sure it’ll be the largest room (#1), the second largest with the matching twin beds (#6), but if there’s a third (or 4th) which do you think it’ll be?
Okay, ready for my favorite room of all…?
We’ve got the door back on in the upstairs bathroom and all that’s left to do is stage.
I added some $5 gauze curtains to soften the space and found some artwork to hang on the wall.
A couple hooks, turkish towels, candles and flowers is all this dream bathroom needs.
…and a good way to actually photograph it properly. I’m sure Country Living will do a much better job than I can! This is one room that has turned out pretty much exactly as planned. I still can’t get over the brick floors and am pretty certain I’ll end up using them in every house for the rest of my life.
And while we’re discussing bathrooms, the downstairs bathroom still looks like this…
Slightly nerve wracking, but they’ve assured me it will still get done. This one will be a race to the finish.
Since we’ve made it back downstairs, let’s finish on a high note—the kitchen!
Tile work began on Thursday. I opted for the same white subway tile used in my previous home, because it’s classic & budget friendly:
However… I fell in love so hard with the brick pavers used in the upstairs bathroom & laundry room, and had some leftover, so I decided to not play it so safe and have a little fun. Enter the range hood focal point.
Sometimes you’ve gotta take risks and do something unexpected. I’m glad I went for it.
It still needs grout, of course, which will change the look a bit and I’m dying to see it in person.
Oh, and I’ve officially decided to paint the window trim (both windows). Once the tile went up there was no doubt in my mind that they need paint.
Now the only question is… white or light gray?
White is the safe choice, for sure. I’ll have a better idea once all the plastic is down and the appliances are in (they are currently at the top of a hill buried in snow and can’t be moved until the snow melts).
Here’s the other side of the kitchen…
I’m over looking at this mess and just want to decorate already! WE’RE ALMOST THERE, YOU GUYS!!!
BREAKING NEWS: These just in from my contractor!
In two days I’ll be back at the flip and won’t return home until Feb 12th, the day after the Open House. I will hopefully be able to squeeze in a quick progress update post next week before the photo shoot, and plan to begin revealing each space the week of the 13th.
There are still many uncontrollable factors so these plans may change, but I’ll do everything in my power to stick to this schedule and keep you guys in the loop! You can find me on instagram, facebook and snapchat (@jennasuedesign) where I’ll be sharing daily live updates in the meantime.
Thank you all again for the encouragement and support thus far—it really helps keep me going and pushing toward that finish line! Brace yourself for a whirlwind of updates soon…
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