We’re at it again!
You might remember our first fixer upper feature on the blog – this beautiful little home…that had no floors!
Since documenting our project on the blog, it’s been so fun talking with many of you in real life. The questions crack me up…
“Did that house really have no floors???”
“Did y’all really buy that house?”
“Aren’t you scared to walk into that place?”
Since that oh so fun no floor project, I’ve decided to capture as many before and after images of the houses we fix up in our day to day job and continue sharing them with you here on my little corner of the internet.
One of our current projects is a rental property Brian and I have had since our first year of marriage. It was a new construction home when we purchased in 2004 and we’ve been fortunate enough to have several long term tenants.
Now that the home is over 12 years old and in between occupants it’s time to do several simple updates to bring it up to current style, all while keeping it traditional and neutral enough to meet a wide variety of tastes for potential renters.
This fixer upper will include carpet, flooring, paint, bathroom vanities, and kitchen updates (painting cabinets and possibly new countertops).
Here is what we’re starting with. Let’s call this one the “Very Dark Southwind Trail” house!
I’m guessing Brian let the tenants do some painting – cause I don’t remember it being those dark colors.
And here is what I’m planning as far as updates to brighten this dark dreary house up!
The kitchen cabinets will be painted a lighter color and we’ll go with a lighter countertop. We’ll also install dark laminate wood flooring all throughout the first floor. Something like this.
For the bathrooms, we’ll replace the vanities with something similar to these options from Lowe’s.
You can get these types of vanities with the tops included for less than $350. A great deal!
For the master bath, we’ll put two side by side – they’ll look something like this (minus the green walls please).
I love these vanities because they have storage in the drawers, but still offer additional storage underneath – great for towels, especially in small bathrooms.
For the lighting, we’ll look at going with something a bit more modern like these options, also at Lowe’s.
The carpet is being replaced with a dark tan frieze – something like what we have in our personal home. It is fantastic for hiding stains and wear and tear. You want a durable carpet like ours that will hold up if you’ve got a rental property or a home with small kids.
I can’t wait to show you our finished photos! Lots of work is going on in the house and maybe I can stop in for a quick video update this week.
I love this type of property because it includes simple updates anyone could do in your own home – a little at a time. Most people think these types of updates are super expensive, but you can watch for bargains on things such as vanities and lighting to get great deals. Also, painting cabinets is a great alternative to replacing an entire kitchen.
Coming soon – “Bright Southwind Trail” reveal 🙂
Encouragement for the Day
In case you missed it – from the past week on the blog: