Bedroom 3: Cottage House Flip Reveal

It’s Bedroom Reveal Week and we’re on Day 3, revealing the third of six bedrooms (halfway there!). Click below to witness the before, during & after transformation:

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Once upon a time, before it was dubbed “Bedroom 3”, we had this:

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Lots of flowers, lots of stripes and lots of wood.

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Whoa nelly. Not exactly the most relaxing place.

After the walls became white and the carpet was removed, I decided to pay homage to the floral motif, in a new and updated way: stenciling.

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The wood wall paneling was a bit too heavy, so I lightened it up with the same light gray used throughout the bedrooms (and on the exterior of the home for consistency):

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Ahhh. Much better. I also ditched the too-large queen bed in favor of a twin bed that fit perfectly against the stenciled wall, allowing room for a desk nook (I kept the awesome vintage trunk, of course!)

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And now we have a sweet little room fit for a princess (or a prince, no judgment here):

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You may recognize the art as a DIY project from the master bathroom in my last house. They stayed perfectly preserved 🙂

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The Country Living stylist brought in these pale pink pillows (from Target, I believe) which worked out quite nicely.

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I mixed in a few yellow and white ones from storage and now we have a room perfect for Spring (who else is ready?!)

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And this quilted bedskirt that I love so much… remember it from yesterday’s reveal?

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Yep. Can’t get enough.

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And shout out to my parents for letting me borrow their daybed! It takes a village.

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And these wall sconces! I can’t stop using them everywhere.

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Going from a queen bed to a twin really made the biggest impact. I love when rooms can be dual purpose.

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Thanks to Country Living, again, for the desk props! (except the baskets, those were mine from Ikea).

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Ahhh… so much space to play in.

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So long, Bedroom 3. Onto the next…

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SOURCES

Wall color: Valspar Bistro White

Gray trim color: Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Black door color: Valspar Cracked Pepper

Door number

Brass door handles

Flooring

Daybed: Borrowed

Chest: Inherited

Kids chair: Thrift store

Glass wall sconces

Candle wall sconce

Botanical art

Stencil (Paint color & DIY process here)

Bed skirt

Ivory pom throw 

Gray quilt: borrowed

Pink pillows: Target

White & yellow pillows: H&M, already owned

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

Just two more days left of reveals… I can’t believe it’s finally coming to an end! Make sure you’re all caught up on the Reveal videos for the full virtual experience.

Tomorrow you’re getting a two for one deal—Bedrooms 4 & 5 coming your way. Get ready!

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Bedroom 2: Cottage House Flip Reveal

It’s Day 2 and Room 2 of the Bedroom Reveal Week! Yesterday you witnessed the transformation of Bedroom #1, and today we’re shifting gears with something quite a bit smaller, but with a unique personality of its’ own. Click to watch the Before & After transformation below:

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Just a few steps down the hall from the master suite was a crowded room with a quaint little nook:

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With pale blue polkda dot wallpaper and a blue comforter to match.

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To add a little architectural interest and double as a headboard, I did a quick DIY shiplap installation with a picture ledge:

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Then came paint and flooring:

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But I loved this nook so much that I left it completely original 🙂

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A little staging and poof! We have our new and improved Bedroom 2…

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I love that the nook is the first thing you see when you walk inside.

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And the shiplap isn’t bad either.

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The navy buffalo check bedding was the first thing I bought for this room, and designed around that incorporating woodsy elements like a tree stump side table and deer pillow. I love the cabin feel it brings.

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The shelf ledge was perfect for a few light pieces of art, which I made from DIY art and a map of the town found in one of the closets, placed in inexpensive Ikea frames.

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I actually had the bedding set up a bit differently, but the Country Living stylist brought in a striped pillow and switched a couple things around, so I left it that way for my shoot. Who am I to mess with the pros?

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And here’s a pro tip: if you don’t have a duvet cover—use a sheet, blanket or bedspread to wrap around your comforter to fake the look. The stylist taught me this, and that’s what we did here using an Ikea bedspread 🙂

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Hello, deer.

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This quilted bedskirt is so lovely, I actually bought one for Bedroom #3 as well.

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SOURCES

Wall color: Valspar’s Bistro White

Gray shiplap/trim color: Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Flooring

Glass wall sconces

Candle wall sconce

Checkered sheet set

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Bedspread

Bedskirt

Striped pillows c/o Country Living

Deer pillow

Throw blanket: already owned

Picture frames

Tree stump: DIY

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

Tomorrow I’ll be revealing the room I spent the most time on, thanks to the wall stencil. It’s the first little girls room I’ve ever designed so I’m excited to share the results! Don’t forget to watch today’s Before & After video (and catch up on the entire series on my YouTube channel). See you tomorrow!

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Bedroom 1: Cottage House Flip Reveal

It’s Bedroom Reveal Week and we’re kicking off the festivities with Bedroom #1! Click to watch the Before, During & After transformation:

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The largest of all six bedrooms, this one won me over in the end—more than I thought it would, to be honest. There’s just something about it… but let’s start from the beginning to take it all in:

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Aw, it’s like going to Grandma’s house.

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Down to the floral wallpaper, floral bedding, floral chair, striped carpet and brown wood everywhere.

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But that didn’t last long. Starting with a DIY door makeover:

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Then it was goodbye carpet and wallpaper, hello new floors & white walls:

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Floors, paint, a little DIY and accessories were all this room needed to become the relaxing “master suite” it is today…

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Welcome to my happy place.

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Thanks to the great bones, it didn’t take much to turn these four walls into something special.

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The wood trim balances the white walls and keeps it feeling warm and cozy without being dark and heavy.

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And by adding a few black accents, it keeps it from feeling washed out.

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The brass lamps tie in to the brown wood and other accents in the room as well.

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On the other wall, I placed the dresser I’d bought & refinished for my last home.

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Can we talk about this mirror? Obsessed. Never giving this baby up.

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Just in case you forget which room you’re in 🙂

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And here’s a million more photos because I couldn’t stop taking them and I can’t pick favorites.

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Thank you Country Living for the lovely hydrangeas!

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I still can’t believe I found this bed (for free) on the sidewalk in front of my apartment when I was bed shopping for something just like it. Miracles do happen!

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This bedding was the very first thing I chose for the space. You can never go wrong with a light toile…

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The quilted texture is a great touch.

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I mixed it in with these ruffled shams that came with a Crane & Canopy duvet set (which I used in another bedroom). A little romantic touch goes a long way!

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And this champagne gold crystal chandelier really stepped up the bling factor…

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The trick to a cozy, inviting bed? Layers! I used the old, original mattress and layered on a few comforters plus the quilt to make it extra full and plush. And it has passed the sleep test a few times with flying colors (really soft sheets don’t hurt, either!)

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If only I could pick up this bedroom and take it with me for my next house…

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SOURCES

Wall color: Valspar Bistro White

Gray door color: Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Black door color: Valspar Cracked Pepper

Flooring

Rug

Sheepskin rugs

Night stands: came with house (painted in Cracked Pepper)

Woven baskets

Quilt Set

Sheets

Comforter

Ruffle shams

Brass lamps

Curtains

Chair: Craigslist w/custom Comfort Works slipcover

Dresser

Mirror

Chandelier

Door number

Accent pillows: Ikea

Throw blankets: already owned

One bedroom down, five to go! Stick around every day this week to see the final reveals, and don’t forget to watch today’s Before & After video (you can catch up on all of the reveals and weekly progress vlogs here if you’ve missed any so far!)

See you tomorrow,

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Upstairs Bathroom: Cottage House Flip Reveal

Way back in the design and planning stages, I predicted that this room would be my most favorite of all. And while the kitchen sure is a tough contender, this little bathroom has my heart. Click below to watch the transformation in two minutes:

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Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane…

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I was thrilled to find wood walls and ceilings, and a gorgeous clawfoot tub… but those were the only redeeming qualities.

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I knew a small facelift would go a long way in this space. And fortunately, it didn’t take much more than that.

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Demo was first on the list.

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Then a DIY tub makeover using Maison Blanche paint and a magical brass aging solution:

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And my favorite of all—these herringbone brick floors:

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Then came the very low budget and time consuming DIY vanity…

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And paint!

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Four months later, welcome to my little slice of heaven…

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I don’t think I could love 50 square feet more.

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When I walk in, I feel like I’m being transported back in time. To the washroom of an old European manor somewhere in the countryside.

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It’s fun to pretend.

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The only substantial expenses in here were the flooring, and labor for tile, plumbing and patching the wall boards.

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The vanity was made using mostly recycled materials and the sink, faucet, mirror and light are all inexpensive (sources linked below).

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The tub makeover wasn’t much, the art pulled from storage, stool borrowed, hooks reused and towels found at a bargain on Ebay.

And this mirror…

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A $25 Restore find that I sanded and stained, then aged using a combination of paint stripper, bleach and mirror spray paint. It was a very last minute project that made a big impact.

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You’re forced to get creative when you have to squeeze every dollar out of a limited budget, and I believe it actually makes you a better designer/DIY’er.

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Can I get an Amen for black doors and brass hardware? These toilet signs are going on every bathroom door in every house I touch for the rest of my life. You think I’m kidding…

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Another Wayfair sconce sighting! One of 5 in this house. And you may recognize the $50 faucet because it’s the same one I’ve used in my last four bathrooms. Why mess up a good thing?

Magic photo alert: hover your mouse (or tap on mobile) to pull up links to some of the sources:

 

Sadly, we’ve reached the end of our tour…

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I know, it’s hard to leave this place. I don’t want it to end either. One more for the road…

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Make sure to watch the two minute Before & After video for the full experience!

SOURCES

Wall color: Valspar’s Bistro White

Black door color: Valspar’s Cracked Pepper

Brick tile

Tub paint/wax details

Wood mirror: Restore/DIY makeover

Gauze curtains

Brass curtain rings

Stool: borrowed

Turkish towels

Wall Art

Hooks: came with house

Vanity: DIY

Sink

Faucet

Gold mirror – discontinued, similar item here

Wall sconce

Woven basket

Door handleset

Door toilet sign

Soap dish

Apothecary jars

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

Starting Monday will be a full week of bedroom reveals, five days in a row! I’ve been a busy bee trying to capture it all for you guys (and I still have tons of editing and post writing to do!) so get ready for content overload as we approach the final stretch. Lots more on the way!

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The Laundry Room: Cottage House Flip Reveal

Now that we’ve crossed the exterior, kitchen, living/dining and downstairs bathroom off the list, it’s time to head upstairs!

On the top level we have six bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry room—all in an area of around 600 square feet. It’s cozy up here 🙂

The bedrooms will come next week, and today we’re focusing on the hallway and laundry room. Click the image below and join me on a virtual tour…

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But first, let’s be reminded of how this space looked a short four months ago…

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This carpet was actually in fantastic shape for being older than my parents.

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They sure loved the wood and wallpaper motif.

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Every square inch was covered. Even in the laundry room.

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Until I transformed the doors with a little trim, paint and hardware…

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Ripped out the carpet, patched & painted the walls

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Gave the laundry room cabinet a DIY update

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And some personality with a stencil and brick flooring

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Which brings us to the present day. At the top of the landing, we have the right wing which leads to Bedrooms 1-3:

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And on our left, corridor 2 which comprises Bedrooms 4-6, the bathroom and laundry room:

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A closer look at the left wing:

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To dress up the walls, I took a large old map of the county I had found stashed in one of the closets, cut it into 8 pieces, and framed them in eight Ikea frames pulled from storage. Total cost = $0.

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Since there are so many doors and rooms up here (and they each have their own personality), I thought it would be fun to number them. It proved quite useful when communicating with others during the final weeks of working on the house (“Bring this pillow to Bedroom 5”, “Bedroom 2 needs touch up paint”, etc). And it feels like a little bed and breakfast, which I love (and a lot of folks commented this feature on during the Open House).

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I took the approach of keeping the walkway feeling light, airy and neutral to allow the rooms to shine.

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And now for the laundry room…

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I like to think of it as a little pocket of pretty.

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These floors are just made for doing laundry, wouldn’t you agree?

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And the Spanish lace stencil gives it a romantic feel…

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I wasn’t intending for the paint application to be lighter/heavier in different areas, but it adds a dimensional quality that makes it so much more unique, and I love the contrast against the black doors, brass hardware and reclaimed wood.

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The woven and metal baskets were pulled from storage, the vintage washing board was left behind in one of the closets, and the rest are props courtesy of Country Living 🙂

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Can’t forget the mood lighting…

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It’s hard to capture the feeling with the light on, but it’s the type of ambiance you’d expect during a romantic candlelit dinner or relaxing bubble bath. A bit fancy for a place meant for chores, but that’s what makes it fun and unexpected. Here’s a clearer shot of the ($80!) crystal chandelier:

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And we can’t forget about the door…

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I took a basic screen door from Lowe’s, painted it black, removed the screen, stapled lace fabric into place and topped it off with a crystal knob. It was one of those rare easy DIY’s where nothing went wrong and it turned out just as lovely as I’d envisioned.

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Interactive photo alert! Hover your mouse (or tap on mobile) for shoppable links to a few of the sources…

 

SOURCES

Wall color: Valspar’s Bistro White

Black/door color: Valspar’s Cracked Pepper

Gray trim color: Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Wood Flooring

Brick flooring

Wood counter: reclaimed/local lumber yard

Hallway mirror: Craigslist (painted in Maison Blanche’s wrought iron)

Hallway wall sconce

Door numbers

Picture frames

Screen door (+ DIY instructions)

Lace door fabric

Crystal door knob

Barn door track

Brass cabinet pulls

Stencil

Stencil paint (in Cobblestone)

Chandelier

Woven baskets

Wire basket: TJ Maxx

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

And that should cover it for today’s reveal! Make sure to check out the Before & After video to see the full transformation, and stay tuned for the next bathroom reveal on Thursday! It may be my favorite room ever… you won’t want to miss this one!

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Downstairs Bathroom: Cottage House Flip Reveal

Out of all the rooms in the house, you probably saw and heard the least about the downstairs bathroom. With more urgent matters to attend to, it was left largely neglected until the final days, and I wasn’t convinced it’d be anywhere near ready by the Open House.

But this little dark horse came out of nowhere and surprised us all. Click to watch the Before & After…

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Based on the Before situation, this is one of the more drastic transformations:

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It was a tough decision to part with this wallpaper. I mean, how energized and refreshed would you feel waking up to this every morning?

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But in the end, I figured it had a good 50 year run, and I had to let go of the past. So this is what I came up with:

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Starting with the carpet and shower tile removal…

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And the beginning of tile

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Some updated lighting…

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And then after a crazy one-week blitz of plumbing, finishing the tile, wall retexturing & accessorizing… we have our completed “Vintage Global Glam Bathroom”…

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Sigh. In love.

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I was debating on vanity and mirror colors up until the very end. Do I paint? Leave natural wood? Whitewash? Stain? Distress?

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I wanted a balance of wood tones and paint, so I ended up giving the vanity a light sanding and white wash treatment for a gently aged look, then painted the mirror in a matte black shade (using Maison Blanche’s wrought iron).

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I could have done a number of various combinations with great results, but I’m digging the contrast here—and the way it turned out for the very limited time I had to work with.

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As usual, I took way more photos than necessary. As small as this space is, the details are so fun to capture.

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The amber glass sconces were a crazy inexpensive eBay find

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As was the faucet, which is also the same one I used in my last home (and in the upstairs bathroom… I may have a slight addiction).

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Fun fact: this coat hook was made from a scrap piece of wood found in my dads garage, just hours before the Open House. No second wasted!

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I’m a huge fan of this crystal chandelier. I see more of these in my future (please don’t run out, Wayfair!)

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You can barely see the brass toilet sign on the door, but I just love that fun little touch. It matches the door handle too!

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Patterned tile is the best, isn’t it? Especially when it’s affordable.

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It does look greenish in the product photos but it’s definitely more of a neutral gray.

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It’s the smallest room in the house, but it sure does make an impact!

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SOURCES

Floor Tile

Shower wall tile

Sink faucet

Sink

Sconces

Chandelier

Mirror: Craigslist

Vanity: Thrift Store

Shower/tub faucet

Lace curtain

Hand towel

Shower towel

Basket: already owned

Door toilet sign

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

And that should cover everything! What do you think? Turned out almost identical to the Bathroom Plan photo, right? I’m just relieved we were able to pull it off in time at all! This was a fun space to plan, and I’ll definitely be borrowing some design features in future remodels.

That’s it for this week—don’t forget to watch the Before & After video for the full experience, and come back next Tuesday for the first of the upstairs reveals! Lots more on the way…

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The Living & Dining Room: Cottage House Flip Reveal

It’s Week 2 of the Cottage House Flip Reveals—and today we have a big one! Click below to watch the Before & After:

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As the largest and most open space in this home, the living room arrangement didn’t make a whole lot of sense when I first stepped foot in the house back in September:

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It was dark, dated, and had a random assortment of furniture (along with archives of books, vhs tapes and games and memorabilia dating back to the 50’s) collected over the years.

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After selling and donating everything, it was time to come up with a plan that made sense for this space and how it would most likely be used.

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There was no dining area, and in my opinion—in a six bedroom home where there will often be larger crowds—a place for everyone to gather around a table and share a meal is essential.

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So I split the room in half, designating one side (across from the kitchen) as the new dining area, and the other half next to the fireplace as the lounging spot.

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The first project tackled in here was the fireplace.

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I loved the brick but didn’t love the random green, yellow and black painted areas nor the unfinished look without a mantel.

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So I beefed it up with a reclaimed wood mantel surround and tried a new DIY technique with a mortar wash, which both covered the undesired bricks and enhanced the rustic qualities, giving it an old world European flair:

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Next it was time for the carpet to go. Sadly, though the walls and ceilings were built with beautiful original wood, I didn’t get so lucky with these linoleum floors.

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The living room became my DIY workshop with a makeshift saw table station for several weeks.

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Then came the real game changer…

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Valspar’s Bistro White along with recessed lighting eliminated the dark, heavy feeling and made it feel like a completely different home.

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A wall of built in cabinets (in the same style as the kitchen) brought extra storage space.

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And wide plank Pergo flooring grounded the room and set the stage for the furniture.

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With the essential building blocks out of the way, I was finally able to start making this space feel like a home.

Four months later, and I’d sure love coming home to this…

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By keeping the color palette light, the room is brighter and feels much more open than before.

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The large picture windows looking out into the trees also help to visually expand your surroundings.

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Using furniture and accessories from my last home, I was able to keep the staging budget extremely low in here (thankfully, because I went way over budget on labor costs!)

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The wood burning fireplace puts out a lot of heat and makes the whole house warm and cozy.

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By using a variety of different seating, everyone can find their own spot to curl up on.

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This oversized upholstered bench was a fun alternative and contrast to the metal dining chairs.

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And the dining table? A quick and easy DIY using Ikea legs and reclaimed lumber. I was so close to painting it, but all of my instagram story watchers talked me out of it (good call, guys!)

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My favorite item in this room? Has to be this chandelier

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I didn’t know I’d love it so much, but once it was installed, I fell in love with the room and have been ever since. The gold on the inside is just the best thing ever.

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Sorry, I have an overload of pictures here. I couldn’t help it—the dining room is so photogenic.

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Thank you Country Living for these beautiful hydrangeas (that died within a matter of hours after taking these):

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Also, these windows? I never thought I’d see the day where I’d leave wood window trim unpainted, but they are one of the best features of this house. My design style is evolving.

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My favorite cozy spot goes to this chaise lounge…

I love the graphic detailing on this lumbar pillow from PureHomeLA. And of course, my repurposed copper vintage side table. Lots of fun styles/textures/finishes going on here.

These inexpensive Ikea frames filled with old black and white photos from my travels are so diverse—I had them hanging all over my last two homes and they fit perfectly here too.

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On the other side of the room, straight ahead from the front door I set up a makeshift entryway.

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I borrowed my parents awesome black carved mirror, added a shelf with vintage style brackets, and reused the coat hooks and a bench that came with the house.

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Sweet & simple!
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The mantel was topped with a DIY antler plaque, white pillar candles and tree clippings from the yard.

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Interactive photo time! Hover your house (or tap on mobile) for direct links to sources:

And so concludes today’s tour of the Cottage House Flip Living/Dining space! Tell me, what is your favorite part? Aside from the chandelier, I’m all about those wood windows and chaise lounge nook.

SOURCES

Paint:  Valspar’s Bistro White (eggshell)
Cabinets
Flooring
Jute Rug (natural)
Sofa (with a Comfort Works slipcover)
Chaise lounge (with a Comfort Works slipcover)
Wicker chairs
Gray settee
Dining table: DIY w/Ikea legs
Dining chairs
Dining bench
Sheepskin rug
Chandelier
Curtains
Table lamps
Black floor lamp
Pillows & blankets: Ikea, Wayfair, PureHomeLA
Black mirror: borrowed
Picture frames: Ikea/DIY
White floor mirror: Ikea/DIY
Rustic shelf sign
Pitcher, candles & candle sticks: local flea/thrift

Just one more room downstairs until we head to the top floor next week! Tune in this Thursday for the downstairs bathroom reveal. This little space really came together in the last week before the open house, and I am such a huge fan of the transformation. See for yourself in two days…!

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The Kitchen: Cottage House Flip Reveal

If there’s one room that I’m most excited to reveal, this would be it. Click below to watch the official Before & After video:

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The dream kitchen planning began long before purchasing the house—months spent browsing Pinterest and gathering inspiration and ideas for my next kitchen renovation. I had a general idea of what I wanted it to look and feel like, and shared it back in November, in my Kitchen Plans post.

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The only way to get there was a complete gut job of this 60 year old relic:

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It was begging for a new life.

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So I went to the drawing board, coming up with every possible configuration until landing on one that made the most sense.

Step 1: Take it down to the studs.

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Step 2: Remove the door to make way for a new stove & fridge location, and brighten up the walls.

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Step 3: More cabinet & counter space.

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Step 4: Durable flooring, butcher block counters, farmhouse sink, a DIY range hood and updated electrical.

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Step 5: Custom built-ins by my talented contractor:

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Step 6: Layer on the unique & unexpected details

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If only it were as simple as those six steps… Ha! But the four months of intensive labor have really paid off this time.

Welcome to the Cottage House Flip Kitchen…

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I almost chose gold over copper, but I’m glad I went with my gut on this. I haven’t seen another kitchen like it.

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Here comes the fun part: hover over the next two images and product info & links will magically appear. Bam!

 

Pretty cool, right? I’ll be using this feature in a few of my reveal posts, so stay tuned for more.

Can we talk about this sink for a second?

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The front detailing gets me every time. It’s actually reversible with a smooth side on the back, but I don’t know why you’d want to use it when you’ve got this awesome sauce on the other side. And that bridge faucet is a match made in heaven for it (affordable, too!)

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The brick herringbone accent was a last minute decision because I couldn’t stand to throw away the gorgeous brick pavers I had leftover from the laundry & bathroom floor (PS, they come in several different colors… wish I had discovered these sooner!)

We ran a propane line just to have a gas stove (you’re welcome, future homeowner) and this range is by far the nicest I’ve ever owned. In fact, my contractor who installed it is about to buy one for himself. Sidenote: can you believe these sconces are only $91 a piece?

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I wasn’t sure if there’d be room for a table in here but it worked out pretty perfectly. It was a $30 Craigslist find that I refinished (in Maison Blanche‘s Vanille & brown antique wax). The runner is a light weight blanket I grabbed from home and threw on top at the last second.

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The open floating shelving is a designers dream. Everything here was pulled from storage (collected over the years from flea markets, thrift stores, some from Wayfair, etc). Artichokes and pistachios courtesy of the Country Living stylist 🙂

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And the hardware—I scoured the internet for weeks looking for copper pulls and knobs, and think I found the only set in existence (that wasn’t outrageously expensive or unattractive). I actually used a bit of steel wool to expose more of the copper underneath and they’re a great match to the sconces.

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On the right side of the room, we have a nice row of cabinets providing plenty of storage and extra counter space.

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The chalkboard (made by the Summery Umbrella) came from my last house, and I designed a quick “welcome home” in Illustrator, printed it out on several sheets of paper and traced it.

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And how cute is that little dinner bell? Found it on eBay.

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I repurposed a few vintage hooks found in the house and created a little drop zone where the fridge used to stand.

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The fun striped apron was an Etsy find (and the shop is offering 20% off with the code jennasuedesign!)

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I also borrowed some of Country Living’s props while they were here and had fun switching up the styling…

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I wish this flip was 4 months of styling/shooting and 2 days of construction, rather than the other way around. I’d much rather do that all day.

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This color palette… I didn’t know if it would all work together, but it just feels so right.

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Several meals have already been had around this table, and I plan to take full advantage of this kitchen for as long as I can. Part of me secretly hopes it doesn’t sell for a while.

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Can you blame me?

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It’s hard to give up your dream kitchen. I’d do it all over again.

Table setting / Cottage House Flip Kitchen Reveal

SOURCES

Wall paint: Valspar’s Bistro White (eggshell)

Trim paint: Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray (eggshell)

Floors

Cabinets: Kraftmaid Durham Maple Square in Onyx

Butcher block counters – stained in Minwax’s weathered oak & sealed with Howard’s Conditioner

Cabinet knobs & pulls

Subway tile (with white grout)

Brick veneer tile (with white grout)

Copper sconces

Sink

Faucet

Stove

Refrigerator

Dishwasher

Bar stools

Rug

Chalkboard

Dinner bell

Striped apron

Brown tribal patterned pillow

All other pillows: Ikea, H&M

Blankets: already owned

Hooks: already owned

Old bench: already owned

Plates, vases, pitchers, etc: flea market/thrift/already owned

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

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I think that covers it all, let me know if I missed anything or if there’s any clarifications needed, and make sure to watch the Before & After video to get a more complete picture! What do you think of the reveal? What’s your favorite part? It’s hard for me to choose, but I think that brick herringbone is the icing on the cake.

Next Tuesday I’ll be sharing the living/dining area, so there’s a ton of photos coming your way! I’m off to enjoy the first weekend I get to spend relaxing at home in a very long time… <3

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The Exterior: Cottage House Flip Reveal

These past ten days have been a true transformation, in every sense of the word. It’s hard to remember what life was like before this all began, before this house came along and consumed all of my thoughts and time. I feel as if I’ve just given birth to a child after planning and dreaming and laboring for 4.5 months… and now, it’s finally out in the world—even more perfect and beautiful than I’d imagined—and so begins the phase of equal parts relief, recovery, and celebration.

Between scrambling to finish last minute projects, the Country Living shoot, the Open House and trying to photograph/video/document it all (and that’s just in the past 4 days), I still have yet to pause and take it all in, so it hasn’t quite hit me yet. It has been an absolute whirlwind complete with flooding the day before the stylist arrived, 20 realtors walking through the photo shoot and getting wet paint on their clothing because we still weren’t finished, bouts of delusion and sickness and 17 new gray hairs on a head that has been washed once in ten days. It got to the point of trying to figure out if/how I could reschedule the shoot and the Open House, but pushing through was the only option, so that is what I did.

If there’s one life lesson that continues to manifest, it’s this: the harder the struggle, the greater the reward. This has been the most mentally and physically challenging undertaking I’ve endured, but reaching this point has become my greatest accomplishment, taught me a lot and made me stronger in many ways. Every bit of blood, sweat and tears were so worth it. 

Over the next month, I’ll be posting multiple times per week, revealing each space complete with Before & After photos/video tours, and links to sources followed by a few awesome giveaways at the end. Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen.

Let’s kick off the Cottage House Flip Reveal with the logical place to start… the Exterior!

BEFORE

Plenty of cottage charm, needing lots of TLC.

Before & After Reveal

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DURING

The exterior racked up quite a few costs, including a new foundation along the front perimeter, all new siding on the lower half of the house, two new windows, shutters and lower front door, all new window trim, new railing and a deck refinish, a new porch ceiling, rebuilding the back porch, new retaining walls and staircase, creating an entryway under the house, paint and landscaping.

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The biggest hurdle here came from the weather—unseasonably rainy and cold, leading to record snowstorms and power outages.

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In fact, it rained for days until hours before the open house, so my contractors still need to come back for paint & stain touchups, deck refinishing and log removal.

This was how it looked just a couple weeks ago, and miraculously there’s only one small patch of snow left now…

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Ready for the AFTER?

 

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*Cue the choir of angels*

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After a week of rain and darkness, the skies cleared the morning of the Open House and it was the most perfect day.

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Lucas and I had a slumber party there the night before and it was like living in a fairy tale in the enchanted forest. I never wanted to leave.

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Hats off to my contractors who had guys out there shoveling gravel, building stair railing and doing paint touchups while Country Living was there shooting.

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The black shutters and lanterns worked wonders for making it look more finished, don’t you think?

The lower front door leads you underneath the house before heading up the stairs to the porch, so my contractor poured concrete and added a wall with built in shelving for a makeshift mud room.

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It was painted the same soft gray as the exterior (Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray) and accessorized with coat hooks, along with this super fun custom Welcome sign…

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It was made by my sweet and talented friend, LZ from The Summery Umbrella. I have a handful of her barn wood frames & signs in the house and can’t get enough.

I told her my vision for this design and she brought it to life. So perfect for this home!

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At the top of the stair landing, we have our spacious wrap around deck.

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The main stretch was begging for a row of Adirondack chairs, so I grabbed four of them in black at Lowe’s.

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Lanterns and pillows pulled from storage along with some greenery bring it all together. You can see more of this area in the reveal video posted above. (Soon the deck will be stained & sealed in a dark walnut shade).

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I kept the original front door and gave it a coat of Valspar’s Cracked Pepper, and replaced the hardware with this vintage style antique brass set. Someone’s going to make some great memories out here during those long summer afternoons, sipping tea and listening to the birds. Ahhhh.

How I wish I could keep this beautiful home in my family for generations to enjoy…

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There are so many who have worked so hard to create this transformation, and honestly, it wouldn’t have been possible without Lowe’s. Not to this level. I am beyond fortunate that they have trusted my vision and ability to pull this off, and supported me as a sponsor to really make this house extra special, where I wouldn’t have had the budget to do otherwise. Lowe’s has always been my first choice in renovation projects (remember my last house?) and you’ll get to see a lot of their items used in this home as well—which is great news if you’re looking to recreate any of these looks (hello, affordability & accessibility!)

SOURCES:

Exterior Body Paint Color: Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Exterior Trim Paint Color: Valspar’s Bistro White

Exterior Accent: Valspar’s Cracked Pepper

Windows

Front Door

Front door handleset

Lanterns

Welcome Sign

Adirondack chairs

Deck door handleset

Planters

Pillows & lanterns: Already owned

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

I think that covers it for the Exterior! Make sure to watch the Before & After video as well, which gives you a more complete experience than the photos (and makes you feel almost as if you’re really there!)

The first room reveal will be on Thursday, and we’re starting with the kitchen. Oh man, I’ve never been more excited to reveal anything. Just you wait. See you back here in two days!

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The final days of the Cottage House Flip!

Let me just start by saying this is what the living room looks like as of Tuesday. Two days before the Country Living photo shoot:

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That should give you an indication of where my frantic/stress level is currently at.

I really don’t even have time to post but I can’t leave you hanging, so here’s a quick run down of as much as I have time to squeeze in.

On Friday morning, my dad and I headed to the flip and got right to work on the biggest remaining project: the DIY dining table. Here’s how the living room looked upon arrival… I feel like it’s actually getting more cluttered with time.

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We bought two 2×12’s at the local lumber yard the weekend before so we cut those down to 7′ and used a belt and orbital sander to get them smooth. They were covered in snow last week so they are still drying out, hence the dark streaks.

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I brought two $15 trestle legs from Ikea. The legs don’t have holes to attach to anything, so we added cleats on the bottom of the wood for them to sit between, using scrap wood:

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We secured it in the middle as well:

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Done! Easiest table ever. But this reclaimed wood is quite imperfect, and didn’t exactly line up. So we had to tweak it a little.

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We also ended up drilling into the metal to secure the legs to the wood to help with stability. For anyone looking to use these legs, I’d recommend keeping the table top as light as possible to avoid any wobbliness.

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I stained the top with Minwax Weathered Oak which is a very close match to the floors, but I’m not really feeling it—too much wood for me. I explained my problem on instagram and hundreds of you chimed in—90% in favor of leaving it wood, 10% said paint it. There won’t be a rug underneath since there’s a rug just to the left in the living room. White washing or a different stain won’t cover up the red streaks (which are a lot more noticeable in person), so it’s down to either painting (and distressing to let the wood show through) and/or covering it with fabric which I’d rather not do… so… it will be a game time decision after I consult with the Country Living stylist.

Meanwhile, my dad built these simple shutters:

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They were painted with Valspar’s Cracked Pepper (in exterior Duramax) and attached to the lower windows… what an improvement!
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The exterior still needs touch up paint… let’s hope the rain stays away long enough!

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And how about these lanterns??

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Lowe’s was kind enough to provide them, and they instantly make the house look so much more sophisticated (These are the 17.75″ size)

The biggest transformation award goes to the downstairs bathroom… remember how it looked last week?

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I can’t believe how fast my contractors knocked it out… and I just realized I neglected to take a full photo (there were videos on my instagram stories & snapchat), but here’s the best part:

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It just needs paint, a mirror, shower hardware and the lights reinstalled. You’ll just have to watch live on my instagram/snapchat or wait for the big blog reveal!

Let’s move into the living room, where we now have a foyer on the side of the staircase:

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Side note, the back door trim will be painted white.

Now on to what’s shaping up to be my dream kitchen… folks, it’s basically DONE!

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The copper sconces, that gas range!

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And the fridge is finally in too!

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And after much debate, I finally decided to paint the window trim in the kitchen. All the different types and shades of wood were just too much (they’ll stay original in the rest of the house).

I tested white, but gray was the clear winner:

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It’s the same shade as the exterior—Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray.

Doesn’t it feel so much lighter and cleaner?

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I also painted this table (in Maison Blanche’s Vanille) which I plan to use in front of the bench with a few bar stools.

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After these photos were taken I distressed it and used a dark brown antique wax, so it’s looking quite different.

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I spent Sunday morning setting up the beds for each room and I had so much fun coming up with a “story” for each one. They all have their own unique personality and character, and I can just imagine how fun it would be for kids/grandkids to come visit their mountain vacation home and pick their favorite room. Living out my childhood fantasies with this house, for sure.

With that said, of course each room deserves its’ own number…

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Can’t forget about the toilet.

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It wasn’t easy to keep these bedrooms straight at first, but now everyone will know which one is which.

A lot of you asked where these plaques were from… both on eBay! The door numbers were such a great find, after scouring the internet for weeks. They’re handmade and completely customizable. I see more of these in my future!

The brass toilet signs were another steal at around $10 each, and I there’s a variety of words to choose from on eBay. Although to tie in with the rest of the house, I aged them using my brass aging solution…

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Okay, bedroom #1. The bedding (thank you Wayfair!) was a complete game changer for this one.

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That chandelier doesn’t hurt either. Nor do those amazing lamps. I’m just so smitten with this room… I honestly didn’t think I would love it this much, but it has risen to the top of my favorite rooms list. So cozy.

Bedroom #2 has become a storage unit for all of the extra pillows and blankets… so no updated photos, but here’s how it looked last week as a reminder:

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There’ve been a few small updates in here but nothing too drastic.

Bedroom #3!

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So sweet. My favorite part may be the quilted skirt and sconces from last week. Those pillows are not permanent… it will probably change 10 times before the actual shoot. Still need art and accessories too.

Bedroom #4 might actually be tied with #1 on favorite bedrooms… because it’s just so DARLING.

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This floral quilt slays me. And what a perfect match it is to the Maison Blanche Printemps shade on the dresser! It’s hard to tell online if you’ll get the right match, but I got lucky.

Bedroom #5 is clean and simple, with an iron bed frame, fluffy comforter, striped sheets and Ikea bedspread.

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There have been a few more updates since this photo was taken Monday… make sure to watch my instagram stories to see more before the reveal!

And last but not least, bedroom #6:

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I brought in a jute rug and old chest from my last house, reused the original striped green sheets and pillow cases, and added matching comforters and plaid throw blankets. Love love love.

That’s it for now! The house is changing every 5 minutes and you can watch it all live on my instagram stories or snapchat. I have a feeling it won’t be 100% completed to my satisfaction by Thursday, but I’ll pull all nighters if I have to… whatever it takes! I also have to stop and thank my sponsors, especially Lowe’s and Wayfair for having faith in me and allowing me to create this dream home for a lucky family. It certainly wouldn’t be on the same level without them, and I’m so incredibly fortunate and grateful for their support.

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The next post will be the first of the month long reveal. Stay tuned!!

Disclosure: Some of the products listed were provided via sponsorship—all of which I selected and fully approve of.

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