Whew, this house was a challenge! This home had great bones and tons of charm; it just needed some love and a lot of hard work. Thankfully we didn’t come across too many complications, except learning how to function without sleep. We had a timeline of four weeks to complete this house – I repeat FOUR weeks! While we laughed when they first told us, and we weren’t sure if we were going to finish in time for the open house, we did it and we love the results!
The exterior of the home was in good condition it just needed a facelift. It needed a new roof, landscaping and a fresh coat of paint! We relocated the Camelia bushes that were blocking the front door. Removing the shrubs from in front of the house created a more inviting entrance. We painted the brick Mindful Grey (darkened by 50 percent) to bring the house back to life. We kept the original door and just gave it a fresh coat of paint to keep some of the details that we loved when we first saw the home.
These shutters only cost us $20 to make and they add so much curb appeal to the exterior of this home! We stained and sealed the shutters, made of 1×4’s from the hardware store.
When we first walked into this living room, we knew the fireplace needed to be the focal spot, and that it is. We love the way it turned out with the white wood planks up to the ceiling, the herringbone tile around the fireplace, and the one of a kind reclaimed wood mantle by Eco Relics. Painting the room a lighter color (Mindful Grey lightened by 50 percent) and the trim white made the room feel larger and updated. We kept all of the original trim to further add to the original charm. The hardwood floors throughout the house were in great condition and just needed to be sanded and stained. Jax peeps: we used Thompson Wood Flooring to refinish the floors, they’re the best in town!
The nook off of the living room was the perfect place to set up an office. We chose a navy blue for the desk to really draw your eye in and neutrals for the rest of the room. With all of the prior wood paneling, the room was screaming for some natural light.
We transformed this big, dark, scary second living space into a useful mudroom and master bedroom retreat! This home didn’t have a master bedroom so we really wanted to make the best use of this space. By creating this master we turned the 3/2 house we bought into a 4/2! Doing this set our house apart from a lot of homes in San Marco because most have 3 bedrooms.
This kitchen was not only stuck in 1944 but it didn’t function properly either. We added a large pantry, which added tons of storage, by closing in the prior doorway to create the mudroom and master suite. Doing so created a more functional and useful kitchen layout. We chose white for the cabinets, a leathered quartzite countertop, a gray glass mosaic backsplash, and bronzed hardware all creating a timeless and classic feel.
This home already had the perfect dining room nook so we just freshened it up with paint, curtains, and staged it to show buyers you could easily fit a table for four. Notice how we used circular furniture (circle rug, round table, a globe chandelier and half circle chairs) to offset the very square shaped room.
This home had two bathrooms and both needed a major overhaul. In the master, we demo’d a linen closet that was sticking out in the middle of the room and used that space to add a second vanity creating a master on-suite built for two. We glazed the original tub, went with oil rubbed bronze hardware, and installed Pfister faucets.
We love these furniture-piece vanities from Wayfair.
We can’t thank you all enough for supporting us through this crazy flippin’ journey!
We’d love to hear your comments and questions!
Until the next one,
John & Whitney