Giveaway Week: Jenna Sue Design Shop

Welcome to the ­­­­final week of the #cottagehouseflip series, where we’re wrapping up with five days of giveaways! Each day I’ve lined up some pretty awesome prizes from brands and shops who were a big part of this renovation, and now you’ll get the chance to score them for yourself!

To kick off the festivities, today’s prize comes from a shop very near and dear to my heart…

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Yep, it’s my own print shop! Some of you may have never noticed the “Shop” link at the top of this page, but I opened my art print business around the same time as the blog began six years ago. In fact, it’s still my “full time” job—in between flipping houses, blogging, & creating photo/video content.

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My prints have appeared in each of my homes throughout the years… you may remember the city maps in my Florida house:

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Or these Home & Address prints in the foyer:

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And there’s the popular Roman Numerals design:

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And another favorite, the script quote:

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And a recent big seller has been the photo to sketch art, which is currently displayed in the cottage flip:

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From wedding vows, to personalized children’s art, there’s a ton to choose from for any occasion, and it’s all customizable. One lucky winner will receive $100 in shop credit (international friends too!).

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Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below (use one or more of the options for as many entries as you’d like). The giveaway period ends at 11:59pm next Sunday, March 26th, and the winner will be emailed the following day (March 27th).

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Good luck to all, and stay tuned for another great giveaway tomorrow!

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Budget Breakdown: Cottage House Flip

Today I’m here to answer the burning question you’ve all been wondering… just how much did this Cottage House Flip cost?

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I spoke about the purchase price, remodeling plans and estimated budget in the Cottage House Flip Kickoff post back in October, so it’s interesting to go back and see how accurate my predictions were. Turns out, there were a few unexpected surprises, both good and bad. This is my experience, and the lessons learned.

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While I am so glad to have gone through this process and don’t regret it for a second, I certainly wouldn’t repeat this situation again. The situation being buying a house at a not so steep discount in a very small/buyer specific market that’s 3+ hours from home just before winter. At the time, it really was the best option for me and I was aware of the drawbacks, but decided it was worth it anyway. And it was.

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But now that I’ve paid my dues, I’m going to be much pickier with what I choose to take on. This is a several month process that can easily consume your life, and you don’t want to be miserable each day or dread even having to think about it.

With that said, let’s talk about the costs involved.

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The purchase price was $170k, and my estimated rehab budget, not including seller closing costs, was around $93k—and I said I’d be happy if I stayed under $100k.

Fortunately, I had a very big advantage with a storage unit full of furniture/decor from my old house, the sellers that left all of their existing furniture, and brand partnerships who provided most of the rest (which I was not expecting!)

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These factors combined made my decor/staging/materials expenses almost nothing. It has been such a blessing to be in this position and I do not take for granted how insanely lucky I am.

On the other end of that, though, are crazy high labor expenses. Which brings me to a very important lesson learned: hire one contractor for everything. 

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I started off with a bad contractor who not only cost me a few weeks, but I had to pay another contractor to fix the damage he had caused. Make sure to have a signed contract with a clear timeline before any work begins.

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To save money, I had a separate electrician, plumber/tile guy, demo team and painter lined up, which became difficult to schedule around my general contractor’s team since everything had to be done in order and communication is so hugely important. I ended up paying twice for several jobs that needed to be redone. Never again.

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Apart from those rookie mistakes, there were unknown factors out of my control like dry rot in the back of the house and electric circuits that needed to be rewired. And then there were last minute decisions on things like add a concrete landing pad and wall with built in shelving under the house to create a mud room, pouring gravel along the sides and front of the house, recaulking every wall and ceiling board downstairs, and many other cosmetic extras that weren’t necessary but I wanted to go the extra mile to make things perfect. You’ve got to step up your game a little when Country Living is coming to shoot.

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In the end, there were so many extra line items that were added to the original estimate that I was simply billed hourly every week and impossible to separate it out by each individual job, so unfortunately I can’t break it down as much as I’d like.

My electrician total came to $4k ($1k more than my original estimate) while interior painting was $2700—around $1k less than budgeted, but he left without finishing and I had to pay to have it completed.

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My plumbing and tile installation total clocked in at $4200, but that was only for the upstairs bathroom, laundry room and half of the downstairs bathroom. The rest was part of my general contractor total and probably ended up in the same $4-$5k range.

The demo/hauling expenses weren’t quite as bad—around $500 for carpet and furniture removal and a few other miscellaneous things, but there was a good portion also built into my general contractor bill. Probably another thousand or so.

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The biggest single labor expense was redoing the foundation and siding on the front of the house, which came in at around $15k. A few unexpected items were $1100 to replace damaged ceiling boards in the kitchen, $3k for the exterior deck ceiling, and $2600 to repair the back deck dry rot.

All in all, the main labor & materials cost (not including the electrician, demo, interior paint and plumbing/tile work mentioned above) came to a whopping $80k (from an original estimate of $44k, yikes!)

Fortunately, I was able to cut way back on the staging costs by using as much as I could from storage. I also picked up new items at the Restore, thrift stores, Ebay and Ikea, and those came in at under $1500. It pays to bargain hunt! And bonus, I’m taking a lot of it with me for the next house 🙂

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And then there’s the operating expenses. Taxes and escrow fees came in at $2500, plus another $1900 for property insurance, $3700 in utilities and an estimated $1700 in private loan interest. Total monthly carrying costs from here on out are in the $600-$700 range.

That brings the final grand total to $102,248. Not too far from the original budget! Keep in mind, this isn’t exactly your typical flipping model with so much of the focus on custom details, higher end finishes and staging. The labor costs weren’t out of the ordinary and should be an eye opener for those looking into rehabbing an older house, or who care about the small details.

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Every house is very different, and has its own set of challenges and benefits. If your main goal was to turn a profit, it wouldn’t make sense to buy a quirky 6 bedroom vacation home in a tiny village in the woods (which is why it sat on the market for a very long time before I found it—no one else would touch it).

The house is currently on the market at $325k. There have been a few interested parties but we haven’t made a deal yet. There aren’t a lot of homes in the area (nor people looking, especially at this time of year) so it’s just going to take time to find the right family who is the perfect fit.

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I’d love to hang onto this home forever—have friends & family over for weekend getaways, use it as an AirBnB, pass it down through generations. That would be my dream! But I need the capital to continue to rehab (all of my money is tied up in this one).

Thankfully, even after closing costs (which is expected to be around $20k) I’ll still walk away with more than my original investment. It won’t be a home run, as expected, but the sense of accomplishment, the growth and opportunities that have come out of this are worth more.

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I hope this post has been insightful for anyone else going through their own flip or rehab, considering it or just curious about the specifics behind it. There really is so much involved and it’s a lot for one person to manage at once. I’m beyond thankful for my amazingly helpful and supportive family & friends and contractors who went above and beyond. Couldn’t have done it without any of them. It truly takes a village!

As this post is published, I’ve just arrived in Florida for two weeks of weddings, bridal showers and soaking up some sun on the beach. I have a pretty big announcement when I come back. It’s going to change this blog in a major way… so you won’t want to miss it 😉

But before that—next week is Giveaway Week! I’m so excited to have some amazing shops and brands on board who were a big part of this renovation, and now you’ll have a chance to get in on some of the action. Stay tuned for Monday!

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Final Tour: The Cottage House Flip

After four months of renovations and four weeks of reveals, we’ve reached the end of our Cottage House Flip journey. Watch it all from start to finish:

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I knew going in that it wouldn’t be a walk in the park, but nothing truly worthwhile comes easy. Between snowstorms, power outages and unexpected expenses, it was more of a challenge than any of us could have predicted—but some amazing opportunities and learning experiences came out of it.

In just a few short months, I’m much more prepared to take on the next one, and will continue to grow and improve through each new experience. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

But for now… let’s do one final Before & After House Tour! (this is a condensed version—scroll to the bottom for links to each individual reveal, DIY projects and sources)

The Exterior

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The Kitchen

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Living/Dining Room

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Downstairs Bathroom

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Hallway & Laundry Room

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Upstairs Bathroom

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Bedroom 1

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Bedroom 3

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Bedroom 4

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Bedroom 5

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Bedroom 6

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For more photos, details and sources, head to the individual room reveals:

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Kitchen

Living/Dining

Downstairs Bathroom

Hallway & Laundry

Upstairs Bathroom

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 4 & 5

Bedroom 6

If you haven’t seen the full video Before Tour, make sure to check that out here. You can also watch weekly vlogs of the entire flipping process and room reveals on my Youtube channel.

And as always, make sure to follow me on instagram and facebook for more frequent updates!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined me on this journey and lent me your support and encouragement along the way. There were more than a few days where I felt defeated, exhausted and wanted to quit, but I pushed through it and managed to not only survive, but stay on schedule and accomplish what I had set out to do.

As promised, I’ll be sharing a budget breakdown in a couple days for those of you curious about all the costs involved in house flipping. I was surprised by some of the results, and hope that by sharing my personal experience, people considering flipping (or renovating in general) will know more of what to expect.

See you in a few!

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A final photoshoot with Shutterfly

Today’s post is a fun bonus amidst all the room reveals and house tour posts, thanks to a collaboration with Shutterfly.

It’s a different feeling for this house, after working so hard for months and putting your heart and soul into creating a home, then doing one big photoshoot and it’s all over, forever. In my last home, I loved being able to decorate for different seasons and switch up the décor and style every so often. That’s what I enjoy most about this whole home renovation thing—getting to be creative and focus on the little details that make a space unique.

So when the opportunity came for me to exercise that creativity and take advantage of one last photoshoot in this house, I was all over it. Styled photoshoots? I could do this all day. Forget flipping. (Not really, I still need the money…) but this project was honestly my favorite part of the entire process. I was on such a tight deadline with the Open House that I wasn’t able to put as much into staging/decorating/photos as I wanted, but for this shoot I was able to take my time, play some music, throw a little party for one and be in my happy place.

Okay, enough rambling—onto the photos!

Shutterfly recently launched a new line of personalized home decor and gifting products. When they asked me to create custom products of my own and share them with you, I was so excited and inspired – and I hope you will be too. After careful consideration, I decided to personalize a few different items.

First up—a personalized canvas set:

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This particular photo is deeply significant to me, because it’s one I took during the trip that changed my life forever, on a trek in Northern Vietnam. It was days before meeting the man who would change it even more, and I’ll never forget how I felt in that moment. Still chokes me up thinking about it.

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I’ve been wanting something physical, beyond digital images filed away on my computer to memorialize that trip, but I’m super picky about my art and haven’t found the right way to display it until inspiration struck after browsing through Shutterfly’s pages of wall art options.

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I could have chosen any number of layout configurations for the canvases, but I’m drawn to large scale art and particularly triptychs (groupings of three).

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Luckily, Shutterfly makes it easy by basically doing all the work for you. You just choose the layout you want and upload a photo—it’s that simple.

You’ll need the original (high resolution image) for best results. I also used Photoshop to desaturate the colors so it’s neutral enough to display in any room, and you can bet I’ll be reusing these constantly in the future (for staging and personal use).

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I went with the largest size—three 24×36” canvases which happened to fill the wall perfectly (if there were no cabinets below and it was a full blank wall, I’d stack another grouping of 3 for the biggest impact).

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Thank you, Shutterfly, for allowing me to preserve this memory in such a beautiful way. These canvases are truly my favorite pieces of art I’ve ever owned.

I was also given the opportunity to design additional items from their personalized gifting line, and realized there’s a few special people in my life who would benefit most from a thoughtful, personalized gift. And it just so happens that one has a birthday around the corner and the other two are about to get married.

Enter these custom etched glasses for my hard workin’, wine lovin’ mama:

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They had a ton of templates to choose from, so I cheated and let her decide. She chose the “Best Day Ever” and the “Mrs” designs. I even let her pick out a cloth wine bag

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We had a bit of a warm streak last week, so Spring fever kicked in and I grabbed every pink and white and flowery thing in sight.

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Moments after this photo was taken I devoured all of the strawberries (and possibly some rosé…)

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Being the generous gift giver I am, I also let her choose a cutting board. How cute is this?

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The design was already made, you just type in the last name + date (and change the font if you’d like) and it arrives to your door, engraved to perfection. They have a handful of templates/sizes/materials to choose from, and I was eyeing the marble style as well, but glad we ended up with this one.

With Mom happy, I set my sights on my sister and soon to be brother in law. (Cristina and Kyle, if you’re reading this… stop now!)

They’re getting married in June, and I wanted to get them something a little more personal than something off the registry.

As soon as I saw these, I knew they’d absolutely love it.

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Kyle is a sailor and something of a beer connoisseur; while Cristina is obsessed with all things nautical and has been slowly making the transition to a beer drinker. And I am hoping they both share my recent obsession with copper.

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This personalized growler and etched pilsner set is truly the perfect gift for them, combining their greatest loves.

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Just like the wine glasses & cutting board, there’s plenty of options and customizations to choose from. You just enter the information on their site and preview it before ordering.

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The back of the growler can also be personalized, so I thought adding their wedding year was a nice touch.

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They even put thought into the packaging. Put a bow on it and you’re good to go!

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I’ve ordered from Shutterfly in the past (photobooks) but they’ve really stepped up their game in the home décor/gift department. To me, it’s the most rewarding to watch someone open a gift that you’ve put thought and consideration into based on their personality and interests, knowing how much it means to them.

With wedding season/Mother’s day/Father’s day around the corner, hopefully you’ve been able to take some ideas or inspiration from this post. Or if nothing else, a few more pretty photos to look at 🙂

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the final house tour and condensing the last month of reveals into one big recap, so stay tuned!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Awaken your space with your vision. Shop Shutterfly Home Decor for personalized home accents that are uniquely you.

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Bedroom 6: Cottage House Flip Reveal

Well friends, we’ve reached the end—the final day of nearly a month of room reveals. It feels like just yesterday that I was frantically running around, doing paint touch ups and installing hooks and scrubbing floors while Country Living was at my doorstep.

But the work didn’t end that day—there were multiple photo & video shoots, then constant editing, post writing, and constant social media updates. I’ve been trying to keep up with the reveal schedule and haven’t had a single day “off” in weeks. As I type this, there’s still tons of posts and giveaways to write/edit/schedule (woohoo, free stuff coming your way!) but very soon it will all come to an end… so I am happy to continue at this pace for a little while longer. Hard work always pays off 🙂

I’ll touch more on this whole flipping experience in next week’s final recap, but for now, let’s get down to business with Bedroom 6! Click below for a virtual Before & After tour:

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I loved this room from the moment I laid eyes on it.

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Honestly, I could have (almost) left it the way it was.

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The wallpaper wasn’t super offensive and the twin beds were on point (minus the awkward configuration and floral bedding).

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But I didn’t come here for a quick and easy refresh. I came to party get my hands dirty.

So out went the striped carpet, floral wallpaper, and in went some DIY closet door magic:

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The fun size closets on the other side were also painted (after taking your advice to keep the hardware black):

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Then came the devastation of losing one of the matching footboards…

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But I was redeemed after scoring a pair of antique Jenny Lind beds for $20/ea, which I painted black (using Maison Blanche’s Wrought Iron):

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And now, our sweet little Bedroom 6 looks like this:

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Just like in all of the other bedrooms, I started with the bedding to determine the color palette/theme of the room.

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Fortunately, I was able to use the green striped sheet/pillowcase set that the owners left behind (score!)

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I layered it with these matching plaid blankets in taupe ($30 for two throws, what?!)

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I’ll let you in on a little secret… the green striped duvet is actually just flat sheets wrapped over a fluffy comforter. Thanks to the Country Living stylist for the trick!

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The white lumbar pillows are one of my all time favorite classics from Ikea.

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And the trunk was a flea market find years ago that I pulled from storage.

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On our right we have a coat rack made from a scrap of wood & coat hooks that were already in the house. Plus a little green stool I’ve had for years.

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The art was a last minute addition. I found a simple world map on two pages from an old book found in the closet, framed each page and hung them in a cheap Ikea frame above each bed. The navy + off white coloring just happened to match the bedroom perfectly.

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And how about that fun beaded chandelier?

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The wood tones make it neutral enough for any room style. Love the texture it adds.

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Another super inexpensive room makeover, in the books!

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I apologize for the over abundance of photos. The bear made me do it.

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Time for a switch up! When Country Living was here, they did their own staging so I had to take my own shot of it. What do you think of this setup? I love the paintings they brought!

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By the way—the May issue hits newsstands on April 4th, just a few weeks away!

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Wall color: Valspar Bistro White

Gray trim/closet color: Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Black door color: Valspar Cracked Pepper

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Brass door handles

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Beds: ReStore

Striped sheets/pillows: inherited

Plaid throw blankets

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Lumbar pillows

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Chandelier

Trunk: flea market

Lamp

Stool: inherited

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

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the end of a month of non stop reveals. Whew… I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted! Don’t worry though, there will be three more posts next week (a bonus photoshoot, a final recap/house tour, and a budget breakdown) followed by a week of Giveaways, so the fun isn’t stopping just yet! And if you want to catch up on any of the reveals or watch the entire renovation from start to finish, it’s all here on my YouTube channel.

See you on Monday for a special post!

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Bedroom 4 & 5: Cottage House Flip Reveal

Today you’re getting a double dose of reveal action with Bedrooms 4 and 5! Watch the transformation by clicking on the image below:
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First up: Bedroom 4.

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I have to admit, even the Before was pretty adorable.

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I didn’t want to lose that sweetness, and at one point even considered leaving at least one wall of wallpaper.

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But in the end, decided it would be better to have a clean slate with white walls. The dresser fit perfectly, so I kept it and painted it a soft muted green with my favorite furniture paint:

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I also painted the wall paneling (in the only gray used in this house, Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray):

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And before I knew it, sweet little Bedroom 4 was done!

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Much like the last two bedrooms, the design of this space was based on a floral quilt I found on Wayfair and fell in love with.

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From there, I selected the green paint color from the dresser which coordinated quite nicely.

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And the mirror was already in the house when I bought it. I can’t get enough of that brassy gold!

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The throw is from Crane & Canopy and was pulled from storage.

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And the bed also came with the house, and was painted in Maison Blanche’s Wrought Iron.

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For the dresser makeover, I updated the old knobs with this brass set found at a thrift store for a couple dollars.

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I also found this folding coat rack at the Restore for $1 and stained it (adorable accessories also thrifted).

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Come to think of it, this room cost me practically nothing!

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If only the kitchen/bathrooms/exterior could be so affordable…

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Wall color: Valspar Bistro White

Trim color: Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Black door color: Valspar Cracked Pepper

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Dresser color: Maison Blanche Printemps

Bed color: Maison Blanche Wrought Iron

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White pillow: H&M

Mirror: Inherited

Coat rack/accessories: Thrifted

 

Okay, ready for Bedroom 5? This one was a real gem…

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They committed to that mauve and maroon.

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But at least I didn’t have to buy a dresser!

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First came paint and flooring. I kept the mattress & box spring to save costs, and upgraded to a nice (and crazy inexpensive!) metal bed frame.

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The dresser was given a refresh with Maison Blanche’s Wrought Iron and Ebay brass ring pulls.

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And here it is, all grown up and a long way from the 60’s disco room…

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I generally try to keep the color palette light and airy in these small rooms.

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It expands the walls and gives your eyes a place to rest.

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But then I love to mix in some black for contrast.

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And sometimes pops of other colors… like this pale chippy green (shout out to my sis for letting me borrow her stool!)

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That vintage lamp was actually in Bedroom #2, so to save time and money I reused it here. It puts off a lovely warm glow.

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Let’s talk about the bedding!

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I tried a couple different configurations—starting with my striped Ikea bedspread, but the Country Living stylist moved it to Bedroom 2 so I used my white ruffle duvet set from Crane & Canopy. A full and fluffy duvet is also key—I found this goose down on Wayfair for $50 and ended up buying 3.

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Absolutely love this set. It’s so soft and versatile, and the ruffles make all the difference.

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The sheet set is simple navy pinstripes found on Wayfair. Can’t beat a classic (especially for $21!)

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I added a solid navy and toile pillows pulled from storage (toile is from Ikea). And here’s the first setup again…

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Details, details. Black and white always does it for me.

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$0 spent on accessories in this room. All pulled from storage.

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Down to the hat, bag and coat rack.

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Last photo of the day!

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Wall color: Valspar Bistro White

Trim color: Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray

Black door color: Valspar Cracked Pepper

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Dresser color: Maison Blanche Wrought Iron

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Ruffle Duvet set

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Stool: borrowed

Lamp: vintage

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Toile pillow: Ikea

Ruffle throw pillow: H&M

Beige pillows: Ikea

Navy pillow: already owned

Throw blanket: already owned

Accessories: thrifted/already owned

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

That wraps up today’s reveals! Make sure to watch the Before & After video transformation for a more complete experience, and catch up on the entire Cottage House Flip series if you’ve missed any episodes.

Tomorrow is the LAST REVEAL, can you believe it?! Where has the time gone? Next week will be full of recaps and budget breakdowns though, so you won’t want to miss that. See you back here tomorrow!

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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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