My boyfriend has been hard at work this winter! He’s just completed another house flip here in Pittsburgh, his fourth! I’m so very proud of him (tearing up writing this). He’s really getting into the business of flipping small, outdated homes , and revitalizing them for rental. It is so nice to see him meeting the challenge of transforming a neglected space into an actually habitable house for a family to call home!
The latest house is in the Crafton area of the South Hills on a charming little street. It’s surrounded by sweet, well-kept homes, but was the black sheep of the street. It was definitely a terrifying buy. I won’t subject anyone to any of the horrifying details, or pictures – but this home was previously home to a hoarder. It took the expert work of a junk cleansing team many hours, and a full dump trunk to clean out the space to even begin to start construction.
This is Phil’s most intensive renovation to date with: a brand new kitchen, updated bathroom, all new windows throughout, a few new doors, new flooring throughout, new central air, and all new lighting among the other cosmetic updates throughout.
Check out the before and after shots below to see the dramatic transformations for this Pittsburgh house renovation! Make sure to tell Phil how amazing he is 🙂
One thing I love about this home is the curved transitions between rooms and the molding around the window frames. The before state was just outdated with brown paneling that made the space feel dated and dark.
The paint color alone brightens and modernizes the space. The color is a cool stone hue Natural Gray by Behr. I didn’t think I’d like the flooring Phil picked, I thought I preferred dark flooring, but I truly love this lighter wood. Its a thicker board, with a scrapped wood texture, and a warm caramel color.
The kitchen was quite the eyesore with both yellow wallpaper and tiles, plus orange counter tops. Definitely needed to be updated from the 70s. On the positive side, the wraparound windows allow so much light to just flood in.
To update the space Phil installed dark cabinets, white quartz countertops (jealous), a deep kitchen sink with a super functional faucet (jealous) and stainless steel appliances. The white bead board adds a bit of character.
The only thing that was salvageable in the bathroom was the tub base. And even that was re-glazed with a fresh surface. Every bathroom material was PINK or mauve.
Bringing in fresh materials with a more modern and clean color palette was all this bathroom needed to make a HUGE difference. I love the combination of grey stone tiles, grey walls, white subway tiles, and white trim.
I mean, come on! There’s certainly a reason why subway tile is so popular now, its just clean and looks great.
The bedrooms needed a simple refresh of paint, new windows and lighting.
I really love the window framing, the vintage door handles, and the built-in storage.
Happy February🌹! Whether you love or loathe the holiday, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to spread love ❤️ I’m excited to share a few handmade Valentine’s Day decoration pieces I’ve made to help celebrate! I am a true romantic, so I do love this holiday.
I made this LOVE painted bottle decoration set with Rustoleum’s metallic spray paint in gold, stickers, and upcylced kombucha bottles.
This rose gold roses set is upcycled Four Roses Bourbon bottles. I love the shape, glass color and roses detail on these glass bottles! I decided to spray Rustoleum’s copper metallic spray paint just over the raised roses emblem.
This piece vintage inspired piece is made from a spaghetti sauce jar. I used Rustoleum’s metallic in copper for the base and a Martha Stewart stencil and red pearl paint.
This piece is a little different, my first use of chalk paint. I used a light pink FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk Paint on an Orangina glass bottle. It took about 5 coats to achieve a saturated finish. I used the pearl red Martha Stewart paint to freehand a large heart. I added the Be Mine detail with a Martha Stewart stencil and a Sharpie® Oil-Based Paint Marker, which I also used to freehand the arrow detail.
I found this fun heart topped mason jar at the Target Dollar Spot! I couldn’t resist it and had to have one. I choose not to paint it, but fill it with fun metallic Valentine’s themed pompoms by Recollections at Michaels.
While shopping at Michaels I of course found a few more treasures like these loose hearts and love arrow sign.
I updated my open display shelving with all these fun Valentine’s day inspired pieces.