Well, it’s official. Our fourth flip is completed! We’ve done so many fun before and after projects on this ranch home flip over the last two years, and of course, I have the photos to prove it. 🙂
This house was finished a few months ago, and we decided to list it. Scott brought up the idea of selling, which I immediately shot down. He asked me to think about it, and as I prayed and journaled and thought of the pros/cons, I had a gut instinct that we needed to sell this one.
It made sense for us to let it go. The Dallas-area market has exploded which is great for realtors (like Scott!) but not-so-good for property taxes. Our payment went up over $1000 per month (yes, one thousand dollars monthly!) due to the rapid increase in property values. We could swing the extra payments, but a few key things have changed this year that made us both hesitate to take on the extra financial burden.
First, I quit my job to blog full time.
Then, we got pregnant. 🙂
So, with a baby on the way and us both being entrepreneurs, we played it safe and decided to cash out and downsize. Even with a baby joining us in December, we didn’t need 2900 square feet!
Listing a home is always an interesting (stressful) process. Luckily I have the staging piece down to a science! The house is officially sold and—surprise!—we are already hard at work on our new house. Guess what? It’s a fixer upper also. Surprise! 😀
I have to admit—a blogging perk is having all these photos to look back on. I’m excited to share these with you! Check out the before and after pictures from our ranch remodel below!
Since we are notorious with our black thumbs, we are really proud that this property was improved externally by us, not just killed. 😉 Projects completed were:
- Chopped down some ugly trees/ bushes
- Painted the exterior brick gray, the front door mint and the shutters black
- Replaced the outdoor light
Ah, paint. You beautiful, magical stuff. Living room projects included:
- Remove paneling and patch drywall underneath
- Paint living room (and leave wood trim)
- Whitewash brick fireplace
The kitchen! One of my favorite remodels/makeovers to date, ever! This kitchen remodel was fast and furious, thanks to hiring out a chunk of it after we found out I was with child. Mama needs a kitchen! 😀 Our ranch galley kitchen remodel included:
- The kitchen remodel begins
- Demoing the kitchen
- Picking floors and cabinets
- The ultimate guide to countertops
The backyard. Can I be real and tell you guys that I deep, soul-level already am mourning the loss of our pool? That was probably the hardest part for me to let go of. But it was fun having a resort-y house while I could…!
- Spending approximately 1 million USD on new pool equipment and lighting
- Chopping down all the hideous bushes that were taking up the entire walkway
- Partnering with World Market to build the best outdoor patio ever!
The dining room was always one of my favorite spaces to hang out in. We through lots of dinner parties here and worked together most days here—we had a great view of all the action on the street. Updates included:
- Adding an 8-foot custom built table
- Hanging wicker pendant lights (my favorite!)
Our entryway is where I made the most controversial design decision of all time (apparently). I added this fun floral wallpaper from Anthropologie and it broke the internet. Not really, but there was a massive debate over if it was hot or not. I still say hot. However, rumors have it that the new owners have already taken it all down. 🙁
We didn’t do much in the bathrooms, but we did paint the walls white which made a huge impact!
The laundry room is the site of my one (and only so far) time participating in the One Room Challenge, which was a lot of fun! We made a ton of updates in this room, which are all laid out right here. Spoiler alert: it did make doing laundry a tiny bit more fun but still not my fave.
The master bedroom also got a good coat (or 3) of paint and some new flooring.
The bonus room served so many different purposes! It was where some missionaries stayed with us for a little while, then it became a game room, then it became my office/studio and then finally it was our little kitchenette while we remodled. This space was so much fun and with some paint, looked totally different by the end!
That’s it, friends! I’ll be back in a few days to share the before photos of our new house…it’s a doozy. Thank you guys for always cheering me on while we remodel—it helps! 🙂
Want more before and after pictures? Check out our past remodels right here: