The Little House

March 19, 2022

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Dad always knows best

Back in December 2021, we had just moved my Dad into his new home. Dad noticed the house 2 doors down with a “for sale by owner” sign and told me I should look into it. I drove past that little house for about 2 weeks before finally deciding to call and inquire as to what they were asking for it. Turns out, it was a great asking price. So, we set up a time to go take a look.

Lets go inside

From the minute we walked in, I knew it had potential. It had been well taken care of and had no major issues. It needed no major renovations. The little house just need a little TLC.

The carpet smells like vinegar

We closed on the house in January 2022 and got straight to work pulling out the 40+ year old brown shag carpet. One of the best tips we received about pulling carpet was to cut it into small strips first. That way you can roll it up and dispose of it much easier. We bagged ours up in trash bags and hauled it off. I’ll never forget the smell… yummy. After the carpet, came tack strips and no less than 1 billion staples.

Know when to hire it out

We hired out having the popcorn ceiling scraped. Honestly, because I wasn’t sure what I was about to get into or if my arms could handle all that overhead scraping. phew. Next, came the paint. This is the fun part. The little house really started to take shape with her fresh coat of paint. I decided to stick with my favorite white paint for the walls and add in a beautiful blue/green paint color for the trim and cabinetry. I went with Pigeon from Farrow & Ball, but i had it color matched by Sherwin Williams. For the trim and cabinets, we used Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel. Its supposed to be the best of the best and hold up really well. The white wall color is Snowbound by Sherwin Williams.

I love a good deal

I ended up finding a great deal on flooring at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. I was able to add vinyl plank flooring to the entire house (except the bathroom) for about $700.

Sheet vinyl thats too good to be true

For the bathroom, I went with sheet vinyl from Home Outlet. It’s very convincing in person. You wouldn’t know it was sheet vinyl if I didn’t tell you. At only $0.98 a sq ft, we covered the entire bathroom for just a little over $50. Pretty incredible, right?!

The bathroom

I chose a beautiful vanity with white carrera marble top from Vintage Tub. We have used them in our own home and absolutely love the products and customer service.

The Kitchen, my favorite.

The kitchen was my favorite transformation. The only “demo” we did in here was remove the connecting trim between the cabinetry above the sink. This really brightened up the room and let a lot more natural light in through that kitchen window. The paint, bright white countertop and sink really transformed the space. We went with a faux marble formica countertop that was very affordable. It was $400 installed. The sink is a deep, beautiful white fireclay sink. It can be undermount or drop in. And I absolutely love the way the brass faucet pops agains that pretty blue/green cabinetry and bright white.

Ready for its new owners

This wasn’t our first renovation, but it did give me the itch to do it again soon. I so enjoy bringing things back to life. It’s amazing what a little TLC can do. Hopefully, we will have our beach house plan picked out soon and we can dive back into some more design details!

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Kitchen faucet

Bathroom faucet

Vanity light

Schoolhouse light

Bedroom ceiling fans

Living room ceiling fan

Unfinished wood knobs

Black privacy knobs

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  1. Sabiene says:

    Love this little house and wish I could have just picked it up and moved it on my property as a guest house.

  2. Sabiene says:

    Did you sell it yet?

  3. Kristin says:

    Stunning! You rock 💚