My dear friend, Julia and her beautiful family in our favorite place on this earth, the Oregon Coast.
In November we finally closed on a tiny cottage here in our home town, just a few blocks from where we live. It’s our first flip, not counting the house we are living in, and Billy worked day & night to finish it in just four months ( wishfully hoping it would close before our taxes were due) #selfemploymentproblems also #cryingourselvestosleep over the chunk we owe this year. We hired out the exterior paint and roofing, but other than that we did everything else!
So here it is! This sweet little house is just under 900 sq ft, 2br & 1 tiny beautiful bath.
If anyone is interested in more details about the buying process, rehab breakdown/cost and all that stuff, let me know and maybe we can put together a post like that!
Ok, here we go!
What we love most about flipping a house is not the “flipping” at all, I don’t really love that word because in my head I don’t really see dollar signs and shortcuts or cover ups for a quick profit. We love the restoration part. Making the character in these old bones shine again. This is just the beginning of our remodeling journey and I’m so excited to see where it takes us. The joy I find is this: seeing something that used to be there and bringing it back in a fresh way while at the same time creating a beautiful place for a family to live and making our little town just a little bit more beautiful again. These wood floors were covered with a few layers of flooring and Billy sanded them down, they are like new again! We kept the upper cabinets and added in a few things, like the clawfoot tub, school house lights & restoring all the ropes for the pulley windows. All these things enhanced and complimented the old charm of the home, and at the same time are still really beautiful and now functional.
The breakfast nook/laundry area
and the bathroom!
Bathroom tub & Sink: Signature Hardware
Blue linen napkins: Not Perfect Linen
Bathroom towels and towel hook, all faucets, market bag, bathroom floor tile: Amazon
Bathroom baby products: Minerbs made here in Oregon!
Bathroom mirror, vases, baskets, brass kitchen hooks, bistro chair, vintage botanical prints: Thrifted
Tub shelf, nook table, nook bench/pillows, laundry tabletop, range hood cover: We made them 🙂
Laundry print: My print shop!
Kitchen rug: Ikea
Cookbook: Sprouted Kitchen
Nook shelves: Cascade Iron co. an Oregon shop
Aprons: Portland Apron co. aslo an Oregon shop
Kitchen counters, backsplash, appliances and pretty much everything we used to rehab: Home Depot aka our second home
Roof by Church Roofing
With the cape cod flip almost finished & Spring just a couple months away, my mind has been dreaming up garden plans for our back yard. These past two years it’s basically been used to dump all the things we’ve been tearing out of the house. There’s bricks, lath and plaster, piles of debris & even a tub we are planning to refinish someday for our upstairs bath. This is the dream…
Tuscan travertine patio with a pergola over head and clematis vines growing wild. I love silvery and rich emerald greens, so there’s plans for lots of boxwood, lavender and white flowers. All the white flowers! I have never been so excited for Spring to arrive. This will be our first time having a back yard in our whole 8 years of marriage- so we have lots of ideas and I’m looking forward to all the summer evenings picking flowers with Ivy & family gathered around a farm table ( Parenthood fantasy ).
I swear we are not hoarders, but this is what our backyard looks like right now. My dad just helped us trim our big sycamore tree to let in more light for the seasons ahead. Cannot wait! You can follow more of what’s inspiring me on my Pinterest
This last week we finished tiling the bathroom. If you’ve been following along, we were going to shiplap the bathroom, but decided to subway tile instead for better moisture protection and I love the way it turned out! It’s a pretty small space so we kept everything the same color instead of breaking up the walls with different colors and changed out the aluminum window making the tiny bathroom appear just a bit bigger. The light in there is magic & I love the pop of bronze from the fixtures!
Two years ago we bought our first home. I remember the day we moved in was a family event with every Nelson and Grush helping us. It was momentous for us- 5 months pregnant standing on the porch of our first home where we would start our family & create so many memories within these walls.
We got right to work trying to do as much we could before Ivy’s arrival. The dining/living area was first. The original wood floors were painted white, but preserved all these years under carpet. Billy sanded them down and they are one of my favorite things about our home. A lot of the molding was torn out, but these big picture windows were still intact, so we re-created the molding throughout the room from wood found at a salvage yard and stained it to match. I will forever love old homes and restoring all the character and history they hold.
The day we moved in ^ 🙂
What’s worse than a faux brick wall- answer: brick linoleum (which was in the kitchen)
Why?! Why would you board up these cute little windows? The entire downstairs walls were covered in these tongue and groove cedar planks + popcorn ceiling + the biggest brick hearth you’ll ever see. I like to call the theme the original owners were going for, ‘medieval dungeon/I love sconces’ and they did such a good job. It was so dark, but now it’s filled with so much light!
Billy just got done tiling and building a new mantel for the fireplace and we’re planning to stain it the same rich brown of the original molding.
There’s still a few details to finish in this room, but it’s been two years and some of guys have been asking to see! Once we’re done with the cape cod flip next month we will be finishing up the craftsman- so stay tuned!