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Clark: Week 10

26 Apr

If you’re new to my weekly progress posts, Clark is my first ever flip house (named for the street that he’s on). Check out my previous posts here.

Excuse me, how did week 10 happen?? Big things are happening, just not as quick as I want (of course). We were originally scrambling to get the house listed for Monday (then put the finishing touches on that week before the open house), but we’re further away than we had hoped and it’s not worth killing ourselves over. One more week won’t bust our budget, but it will give me a few moments to breathe between paint touch-ups, landscaping, and finishing touches.

It’s become standard out at Clark for each week to start with some unexpected challenges. This week, it was the deck. again.

deck before

I know I mentioned the deterioration that I discovered last week, but it got worse when my contractors came to fix it. The more they took apart, the more wood rot they found. Naturally this also quadrupled the cost I was anticipating spending on the deck.

deck rot before

Lucky for me (and Clark), I picked some good contractors and they repaired/rebuilt this guy in just a day. One day people! And under budget to boot!

deck accomplished

Now I can give a huge sigh of relief that I don’t have to worry about this little porch anymore. If this is the worst surprise expense on this flip, I’m considering it a win!

As the porch was happening on one side of the house, other things were happening on the other sides. House painting!! and it’s almost done! The painters are hopefully finishing up by the end of the week and Clark will no longer look like an ugly step-sister. It’s so amazing what some paint can do!

clark paint

Back on the inside, I’ve been busy. Very busy. But since the end is near, I’m not going to show you all the full room transformations until they’re all done, just little snippets. I have to tease you a little, right?

The kitchen backsplash got installed and grouted. And I discovered how tiring leaning over a countertop for several hours can be. Totally worth it though. The best compliment I’ve heard about this kitchen is from Hubby- he said he’s jealous that this kitchen isn’t in our house (as in the house we live in, although Clark is technically our house too).

w10 backsplash

The living room got a second coat on the ceiling, 2 coats on the walls, and an almost complete wood floor. Almost because I ran out of usable wood and need to go buy a few more boxes.

w10 living room

Last week, Hubby left this gift on the floor, so I had to make sure to document it before I covered it with the new wood floor.

floor face

I finally got started on the bedrooms too. Bedroom #1 has a painted ceiling, closet, trim & walls. The radiator still needs to get painted and the carpet needs a good cleaning.

w10 painted room

Bedroom #2, the “master”, got painted trim, ceiling and the start of the walls.

w10 painted master

We also got a lot of help this week. My parents and Hubby’s mom kindly chipped in some of their painting skills (THANKS!!). None of them would win the award of “cutest helper,” though (sorry Dad). That award goes to my nephew Eli.

eli paint

He knew exactly what to do with that brush. He was wiping it on the wall and then fake dipping it into paint. The kid’s very smart for a 1 year old. Cutest. Nephew. Ever.

And if you ever wondered what to get a flipper for her birthday, tools are always a good bet (or if you’re married to me, jewelry or something pretty for our house…. just sayin…). My mother-in-law knew just what I needed (to remove an old lock box that no one knew the origin of).

bday gift

Now I just have a lot of finishing to do. A lot. Paint touch ups, clean ups, recycling boxes, minor landscaping, final plumbing and electrical fixes… you get the idea.

The end is in sight and I’m so excited!!

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4 Responses to “Clark: Week 10”

  1. Eilene 04.26.2013 at 9:54 am #

    So glad I found your blog. I live a north of Boston and just bought an older home to fix up (for us to live in). I’m really loving the choices you’ve made. I’ll definitely be using it as inspiration when we’re ready to get started.

    • vintageviolet 04.26.2013 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks! Good luck on your projects!

  2. Eugenie Street 04.26.2013 at 10:29 am #

    You tick things off your to do list at the speed of light. My to do list gets longer every week, not shorter! But now, I’ve stopped comparing my progress to the “super hero bloggers” I follow. I tell myself I work fulltime, so I can only do so much.
    Congratulations, it’s looking very good, look at the progress since your week 1 report!

    • vintageviolet 04.26.2013 at 10:36 am #

      You just made my day by putting me in the ‘super hero bloggers’ category! I certainly would be moving at a snails pace if I wasn’t out here as my full time job everyday.

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