House Flipping in Pittsburgh

So my boyfriend bought another house, actually two (check out my post from the first surprise house here). He’s really getting into the business of flipping small outdated homes and revitalizing them for the active Pittsburgh rental market. He’s been working hard on each property since January 2017, with myself helping on any small projects that I can. Mostly just painting and design choices, plus food & drink supplies for the worker bee of course! Working mostly on the weekends, the projects are starting show great progress! Thought I’d share the before state of one of the projects and a bit of the progress he’s made to show that it just takes a little, budget, commitment and hard work to transforms a dated, dull house!

The Before…

A dated green kitchen!

A pink bedroom!

A bedroom covered in Pittsburgh’s favorite faux wood paneling!

And last, but not least, a colorful basic bathroom!

This is a standalone single family home located just north of the city of Pittsburgh. It’s 3 stories with 3 bedrooms and one full bath. The unfinished basement features a Pittsburgh toilet, workshop and laundry area. A lot of progress has been made so far! I am not involved in everything going on, but I do know that the home has received a bathroom overall, all new appliances (kitchen& laundry), new flooring throughout, expanded electric wiring, new paint and lighting; among many other updates. These simple updates have proved to significantly refresh the space.

 

I’ve been spending a lot of time painting lately and per usual have gotten a lot of paint in my hair! I need to learn to always wear a hat when painting.

paint in hair

We’ve used a very strong odor killing, stain concealing and mold killing/preventing primer, as well as Pittsburgh’s hometown paint brand’s PPG Paints Manor Hall, and Glidden Premium.

If you’re interested in trying PPG Paints products here’s a Friends & Family Discount!

PPG Paints friends & family discount 2017

 

 

Paint-Splattered Jean Trend

If you’ve seen my BF or I on the weekends in the past few months, we were probably covered in paint. I just want it to be known that we started this whole paint-covered jean trend, thats in store now. Seriously go to the mall, multiple brands are selling paint-splattered jeans, from NY& Company to Armani Men’s. Ridiculous.  If you want paint-splattered jeans, come help us paint!

Alice + Olivia paint splattered skinny jeans

paint splattered jean trend

Seven7 paint splattered jeans

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Target’s paint splattered skinny jeans

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Rag & Bone Paint-Splattered Skinny Jean

paint splattered jean trend

Giuliana Rancic’s Splattered Denim

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Free People Paint Splattered Boyfriend Jean

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New York & Company Painted Boyfriend Jean

paint splattered jean trend

Armani Exchange Men’s Paint-Splattered Jeans

paint splattered jean trend

Gap Girlfriend Splatter Jean

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Hometalk Community

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I’ve been experimenting with cross-posting my home remodeling projects on the DIY home & garden community HomeTalk. I’ve been blown away by the amount of views the postings have received! Plus all the comments that have been written in reply! The community is very active and vocal.

It was so easy to build a post. All I did was pull the copy and imagery from my original blog post content and build it into the Hometalk project form. The postings started getting views and momentum right away. Now my three project postings have a combined view total of 594,000 views and 345  comments on Hometalk! That is truly amazing to me.

Hometalk Community

Some of the comments are nice, sweet and encouraging, while others can be a little bit mind boggling. Here are some of the sweetest comments that actually did make me cry a bit (happy tears).

Hometalk Community

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Some ladies dared to say that my boyfriend should propose after the transformation on our kitchen, hahaha!

My postings have even been featured in multiple Hometalk Facebook and Twitter posts! I am grateful for the exposure Hometalk has provided and the feedback from it’s active community. I’ve learn a lot and have received a lot of constructive feedback from the vocal community. I would encourage anyone looking for inspiration or wanting to share the projects they are proud of, to join & become active on Hometalk! I’d love to follow you there 🙂

Check out my project postings oh Hometalk.com for yourself here:

  1. $150 Kitchen Renew With Fresh Paint & Flooring

  2. Simple DIY Living Room Facelift

  3. Small Bathroom Makeover Under $2,750

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The Ultimate Home Show

IBS ORlando 2017

The International Builder’s Show + the Kitchen and Bath Show are held each year together as Design and Construction Week. Truly creating the ultimate 3-day home design & construction industry trade show. The largest, most overwhelming seemingly endless marketplace full of anything and everything it could possibly take to build anyone’s dream home. From high-end design trends to everyday fixtures, its seriously insanity the amount of things that are exhibited here. From building materials, to hot tubs, ovens, decking, cabinets, elevators and security systems. If it goes into a home or is somehow at all a part of buying or building a home, you’ll find it here.

I’ve been lucky enough to witness the fascinating insanity of the show for the past 3 years, through my day job. I see as much of the show as I can on my breaks from working. To be quite honest I mostly see the show floor when I get lost on the convention floor. And I get lost every time I have to go to the bathroom or get food. It’s that easy to get distracted by all the exhibits and lose track of where you are in the midst of it all.

I took so many quick snaps of things that caught my eye on the show floor. I’ve finally found the energy to digest and dig through them, in order to edit & share. Here’s a few shots of what I found most interesting from the 2017 International Builder’s Show & the Kitchen and Bath Show.

Wine Storage Goals

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Sweet dream are made of wine storage by @kessickwinecellars

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wine storage

Kessick Wine Cellars

Cheers to beautiful cabinets with wine storage 🍷✨ #goals #aspirecabinetry @wellborncabinet #winwithwellborncabinet

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Kitchen Trends

While browns really aren’t my preferred color scheme I love the lights in this kitchen showcase, and the fact that the cabinets look so earthy. Seeing cabinets that actually resemble real wood, is a refreshing new trend.

I love the open shelving, perfect for displaying unique pieces and the built-in wine storage of course. I’m not a fan of apron sinks, but I love the ornate curvy gold faucets. By Tedd Wood Fine Cabinetry.

These next three high-end kitchen show rooms were definitely standouts. I of course love the gold and the french style by La Cornue.

The mix of cabinets and open shelving and visible wood grain are both definitely on trend.

This unique gold back splash definitely caught my eye in the Wellborn Cabinets booth. I’m always for a little glitz 🙂 This is their Aspire collection.

The subway tile, grey cabinets, rustic oven hood, farmhouse chairs and magnolia centerpiece in this space screams Joanna Gaines.

This space might be a bit modern for me, but I was really drawn to the metallic oversized subway tile.

Definitely spotted the white marble & copper / rose gold trend a few places throughout the show.

I LOVE this bright shiny range hood.

I was most intrigued with this space featuring a smokey, mercury glass mirror and copper touches. Kinda busy, but kind of mesmerizing too.

There was truly something here for everyone, no matter your style or taste.

I even fond a precious teapot pendant light!

And a space dedicated to one of life’s best elements, COFFEE

Grandeur Granite

This purple marble palace was a jaw-dropper. How do they even dream this up, let alone get this inside the convention center? Purple & gold are my favorite colors, so I couldn’t help but stop to snap a few pictures of this completely over the top display.

  

Beautiful Bathrooms

I was drawn to this lighting & faucet, but does anyone else think floating vanities are weird-looking? I’m also not a fan of a shiny black toilet.

Now this just look’s like a scene from the Gatsby movie.

Everywhere you looked there was a touch of artistry, whether on the wall or in a sink basin.

Earthy space inspired by MasterBrand.

I also spotted a vanity space fit for a Tiffany’s fan.

 

Last but not least was this breath taking Italian marble palace by Antolini.

Dreaming that I belong I an Italian marvel castle. @antolini @kbis_2017 @intlbuildersshow

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Oh and by the way I made a few new friends 😉 some you may recognize.

 

It’s not too hard to get carried away imagining a dream home after a visit to the International Builder’s Show + the Kitchen and Bath Show.

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Seven Springs Foggy Brews

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Foggy Brews

 

After a few runs down the mountain at Seven Springs, or lets be honest one really, I am ready for a break. When I need to refuel on the mountain I head to the Foggy Brews  restaurant for craft beer and hand-crafted food creations. This place is seriously delicious, exactly what the resort needed. The menu has many delicious choices. So many I usually can’t decide and order too much food, falling into a sluggish food comma unable to return to the mountain… Oh well 🙂 this food is worth it!

Foggy Brews Bar

 

The bar area here is huge, featuring a 100ft bar top in a modern but rustic style, with shelves made from snowboards. There are of course plenty of beers on tap to choose from.

Out of all the fun starters on the menu, the crispy pickles are fulfilling, served with a BLT aioli. This pairing was surprising to me, as us Pittsburghers love our ranch dipping sauce, but it is a welcomed replacement.

Foggy Brews Fried Pickles

 

My go to main dishes are the Bison Burger and or the Quattro Formaggi Grilled Cheese. The grilled cheese is very delicious, rich and buttery, so I would caution those eager to return to the slopes to indulge in this dish. but you might not be so ready after enjoying this dish of buttered sourdough, stuffed with four rich cheeses and served with truffle honey aioli, roasted tomato soup for dipping.

Foggy Brews Grilled Cheese

 

My Boyfriend enjoyed the Mushroom Barley with rich mushrooms, barley and vegetables simmered with a beef broth, topped with herbs.

 Foggy Brews Mushroom soup

 

Although the barman suggested the mussels, my BF who eats mussels regularly, did not enjoy the dish. Described as, “Fresh black mussels steamed in a Spicy Carrots broth, Andouille Sausage, Shallots,” he says he thought the sauce was weird and he craved a warm buttery sauce instead.

Foggy Brews Mussels

 

We also love to order the Bison Burger and the Fish Tacos. I really encourage you to try the Foggy Brews next time to head to Seven Springs. After a meal here you’ll need to revive yourself with a cup of coffee. Which come in the cutest vintage-inspired mugs.

Foggy Brews Coffee Much

Foggy Brews Coffee Mug

 

Even if you aren’t working up an appetite on the slopes, its worth a visit. rainbow at Seven Springs Seven Springs

 

 

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Weathered Wood Home Sign Craft

Weathered Wood Home Sign DIY

Made with Stikwood samples, these DIY Weathered Wood Home Signs are charming, and quick & easy to create.

Materials:

Step 1: Place Letter Stickers

Gather stickers and layout the word on the wood. Ensure the sticker is really on the uneven wood, so no paint will run underneath, by rubbing over the edges of the sticker with the end of the paint brush.

Step 2: Paint over Letter Stickers

I used a nice thick paint in a bright color to contrast the rough weathered wood. The uneven texture of the wood creates a unique painted look.

Step 3: Remove Letter Stickers

While the paint is still wet, remove the stickers with tweezers to reveal the design.

Step 4: Place Key Detail

Complete the welcome home theme by hot gluing the key to the wood.

Hang or gift this sweet home sign to share the charming, welcoming feeling.

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