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9.13.2017

Blog Launch & Flip House Reveal

I am so excited to launch my brand new blog today! Over the past several years, I have developed a love for interior design and fashion. I started sharing some of my home decor/projects and outfit ideas on my Instagram account, and was surprised to find out that so many of my friends and followers enjoyed these past times as well. Over time I began receiving lots of direct messages and questions about design ideas and where I get certain home decor and clothing items, etc.... A lot of the questions I have received have been about the little house my husband, Michael, and I purchased almost a year ago to flip and sell... it has been such a fun project over the past year, and since I have received so many questions about it I thought I needed a personal space to share some of the projects we're working on, fashion ideas, etc... So, I decided to launch, Classically Courtney.... And what better way to begin than to reveal the finished flip house?! So, without further ado...
Here is what the house looked like one year ago right now... I seriously cannot even believe how absolutely hideous it was... but we saw some potential in it....  
Aaannnddd here is what the house looks like today! We started out by painting the brick White Dove by Sherwin Williams, painting the trim Dovetail Gray by Sherwin Williams, rebuilding the poorly constructed porch, adding a stone foundation to the porch, building new wooden shutters (my cousin Andrew built these), new exterior lights, and fresh landscaping! Since these photos were taken we also had the driveway re-paved and it looks fabulous!
 The porch is one of my favorite features of the exterior. The stone added so much character! We stained the beams and shutters Espresso by Min Wax.

The black light fixtures are also a favorite! They are from Wayfair.com!
This is the entry and formal living room when we first bought the house. The golden oak color of the floors and yellow walls were definitely NOT my favorite! The dining area is behind where the photo is being taken.
And here is the formal living and dining area AFTER! One of our first indoor projects was hiring out the refinishing of the hardwood floors. We chose Espresso by MinWax. It's more of a medium brown color though. Definitely not espresso in color. We went with a satin  polyurethane finish instead of high gloss. I absolutely love how it turned out. The floors still have a nice gleam to them, but they don't look wet, which I love!
Here is a view of the dining room from the living room while the floors were being sanded. There was a half wall around the staircase to the basement, but it really closed off the space. There was also a super awkward space behind the staircase by the window...
I still can't get over this transformation! We took out the half wall and hired my cousin Jamie who is a custom carpenter to install the wrought iron railing. He also added the custom trim on the wall.
I hated the awkward space behind the staircase, so I had my cousin also build a custom built in china cabinet to make the dining space more useful. If you look closely, you can see we did a gray shiplap detail in the back of the bookcase. You can find the dining light fixture HERE
The previous owner took the kitchen cabinets with them, but I wasn't a bit sad about it... Their taste in colors made me think I would have hated them anyways! HA!  Plus, it made starting fresh a whole lot easier! 
The kitchen is by far my favorite transformation in the house! We removed about 2 feet of the left wall into the kitchen to open it up. We installed all new white shaker cabinets, crown moulding, black granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, black cabinet handles, under and over cabinet lighting, and a custom backsplash.
 We did a simple white subway tile backsplash with warm gray grout. It matched our Silver Dollar by PPG wall color perfectly! Love how it turned out!
Since there was no window in the kitchen for a sink, I opted for a smaller cabinet above the sink and had Michael put a little "fancier" tile behind the sink to add a little interest. It turned out even better than I could have imagined! Also, love this faucet! 
On the other side of the kitchen was a small nook.... Once again, who chose these paint colors?!
I can't believe this is even the same kitchen! I love the tall pantry cabinet and upper cabinet surrounding the fridge! This nook in the kitchen was perfect to put the fridge in . It maximized the space and made it feel MUCH larger. 
The main bath on the first floor only had a large jacuzzi tub and no shower. It was fairly new, but was not a good use of the space. We sold the tub and vanity and decided to start over with the layout. 
We decided to install a shower bath combo to make the home more appealing to families for resale. We installed custom tile in the shower, all new tile floors, new 48" vanity with marble tops, chrome fixtures in the shower and vanity, all new recessed lights, and a new light fixture.  
 I'm loving this white vanity! The mirror is from Kirkland's.
We spent a very long time in the tile store picking out the tile for the showers. ;) Just ask my husband! HA! For any Cincinnati readers go check out Floor and Decor ASAP!
The master bedroom in the house just needed some cosmetic updates...
We refinished the floors to match the rest of the first floor, installed new closet doors, installed a new ceiling fan, painted the walls Silver Dollar by PPG, and painted the trim white!  We did the same updates in the two other first floor bedrooms. 
Here is what the basement looked like BEFORE... Wow... It was in such bad repair that we pretty much gutted it and started from scratch. In the right corner you can see where the laundry closet was.
AFTER! Once again... is this really the same house?! Fresh drywall really transformed this space. We added lots of recessed lighting to brighten it up. We also changed the laundry closet into a full laundry room since the space in front of the closet wasn't usable anyway! 
This was the laundry closet before we turned it into a room.
After!
 New drywall, tile floors, trim, paint, appliances and utility sink!
BEFORE view of the basement looking towards the stairs.
AFTER! We went with a simple beige/gray carpet. It is so soft, and really made the space feel larger! 
This was the basement bath... Needless to say, it had to go!
 AFTER
 Love this vanity from Lowes! The mirror was purchased at Kirkland's.
Another amazing custom shower by my handyman! My brother in law, William, also helped out on this project. 
This was the basement bedroom. It was right next to the bathroom, but did not have a door into it. We decided to make it an ensuite bed/beth. 
Finished bedroom!
The back yard needed a major face lift. The pool liner was ruined and needed replaced. Also, the privacy fence was falling down in certain places, and was mostly rotten.
AFTER! I am proud to say I actually helped build part of the fence.... and by building... I mean I carried the slats to Michael who nailed them into place! ;) 
Here's an in-progress photo of the work on the pool. We found out in November that some of the plumbing to the pool had burst, so Michael, his dad, and my cousin Andrew had to dig out the old pipes and replace them... in freezing cold weather! 
And we're DONE! We worked off and on on the house for a year, and can hardly believe it's over! It was so exciting to see all the transformations. Let me know what you think!


56 comments :

  1. Wow, you guys did an amazing job on this! Your ability to pull every single room together is awesome! Each room has its own flair but it all ties together! Great job girl, I can't wait to see your next project! ����

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    1. Thank you!! It was such a fun project! I will be posting on here about the new home we just bought so stay tuned! ��

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    2. Wow Courtney! That is just fabulous all the Transformations you did. I personally am not much of a fan of white but I absolutely love all the change that you did especially that white marble top countertop on one of the bathroom vanities. I completely agree with somebody else's comment that you are the next Joanna Gaines. Such talent such creativity such style and taste. God has definitely blessed you with a multitude of talents. Good job

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    3. Thank you Michelle! It was so much fun! 😊

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  2. Holy cow, Courtney, this is fabulous! I'd buy it myself if it was in say...Florida!

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  3. It looks AMAZING! Teach me your ways, hahaha��

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  4. These pictures are gorgeous! You all did a fantastic job... Looking forward to seeing the new project!

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  5. Great job, enjoyed seeing it, it's beautiful.

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  6. It is AMAZING! Wow, the transformation is unbelievable!! I love how bright and spacious it is! Great job!!!
    ~Michelle

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  7. Beautiful, especially the front of the house; big change. The bathroom makeovers are outstanding; removing big tub and tile very wise.
    Keep up the good work; looking forward to your next project.

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    1. Thank you so much! The bathrooms and kitchen were my favorite to design!

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  8. It looks amazing and gorgeous. You have amazing taste in design. Are you and your husband realtors?

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    1. We are not, but my parents have been in real estate my whole life, So we have learned from them :)

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  9. Looks wonderful! Where is the cheapest place to purchase Granite in the area. I'm get ideas for my kitchen in the future.

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    1. The Cabinet and Granite Depot has some super affordable options. Also, GFC Granite Fabricators of Cincinnati

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    2. Thanks,Courtney I'm in the Waynesville area. http://www.boggsblogs.com/search/label/House?m=0

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  10. You folkes did an amazing job on your flip house. Larry Shinabargar

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  11. Oh my goodness...that is absolutely stunning! I can't even compute how you did it all in one year! Hahaha...it took my husband a year to finish our basement! (Not putting him down, he did an amazing job so that our son and his wife could live there for a year...but I just say that in recognizing the time it takes to get it all done! He did have a full-time job as well outside the home.) Your design, colours, ideas, details etc... love it all! Thanks for sharing with us! Already anticipating your next blog post. Congratulations on a job beautifully well done! Joy

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    1. Thank you so much! We travel for a living and we're gone about half of the year so finishing it in a year was a big accomplishment Haha! We are glad to have it done, but it was such a fun process!

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  12. This was phenomenal! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Absolutely fabulous in every way. The people who purchased it will be thrilled with every detail you put into this project. You are so talented Courtenay. ����

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  14. This is fabulous! Y'all have an awesome eye for detail. Congratulations on such a great flip. Ready to see the next one!

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    1. Thank you! ☺ My husband and I just purchased a new personal home, so we will be posting updates on that as we remodel it. ☺

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  15. So beautiful! We have been updating our 1980s home and it is a lot of work! How was painting the exterior brick? I've been thinking about painting ours (it's currently red/orange) but can't seem to take the plunge ��

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    1. It only took two coats and no primer at all! My husband and brother in law used a professional level paint sprayer. That really helps it to quickly! Definitely made a huge difference!

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  16. Amazing I wanna live in it! Lol

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  17. The place looks fabulous, awesome job!!!

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  18. Courtney, you and your husband did an absolutely amazing job! Well worth all the time and effort you poured into it. Whoever buys and moves into your flip house is so very lucky!

    And have to add that I am so excited that you've started a blog!

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤ We loved doing it so much and I know it won't be our last!

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  19. WOW....WOW....WOW!!! Thats about all I can say. The transformation was incredible!!!! Good job guys!!!

    Shelley Hatfield

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  20. Amazing! What a transformation! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed the updates and now your blog☺️

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    1. Thank you so much! :)

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  21. You have no clue how satisfying this post was!! LOVE seeing the before and after pictures!! My dream job is to flip houses so I literally loved this so much!!! Good job! Love ur style too!

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    1. Thank you so much! It took me forever to put this all together, but it was so awesome to see everything side by side!

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  22. Courtney, you have such a unique and creative style! Not only with clothes and fashion but also interior design! You inspire me! Absolutely love your family and your heart for the Lord!

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    1. Thank you so much! I absolutely love home design! ❤

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  23. Oh wow! It's a beautiful home!!
    It makes me excited to work in our basement and get it all finished!:)

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    1. Thank you 😊 My goal with this basement was to make it bright and cheery, and I was so happy with how it turned out!

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  24. Wow! It's beautiful! I'm super excited about this blog because you love a lot of the same things I love! Jesus, photography, fashion, decor...super fun1

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  25. WOW!!! That house SO CUTE! I know I'm going to love your blog because we love a lot of the same things...Jesus,:) photography, fashion, design... Love, GK

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  26. It looks beautiful! Do you have a recommendation for where you purchased the kitchen cabinets?

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    1. I highly recommend CSHardware.com we bought the arcadia white shaker cabinets. :)

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  27. This transformation is unbelievable. You must be so thrilled with the results - congratulations! I absolutely love the colors and design elements that you chose. Was there anything you wanted to do, or that you tried to do, that didn't work out? How were you and Michael able to stay motivated to complete such an exhausting project?! Did you ever think "oh my goodness what have we done???"

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  28. Thank you so much! Over all it was such a fun project! Obviously It took longer than we expected, but it went pretty well. There were a few unexpected things we had to fix, but that is par for the course. 😊 The only things we didn't do that I wanted to were add a fireplace in the basement great room and shelving in the laundry room. We ended up deciding those things weren't going to effect selling the house in the end and would be a waste of money. 😊

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  29. Courtney - this is amazing !!
    its like #extrememakeovermetzedition
    LOVE !

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  30. JUST WOW....!!!!! Can't believe it's the same house...! Amazing job.

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  31. Wow, Courtney!
    I LOVE your house rennovations! How big is your house? I love your basement..it looks so spacious. :) Do you plan on making bedrooms down there?

    Love
    Ashley
    ashleysyarnworks.etsy.com

    Ps. That is my etsy shop, if you'd like to take a look. :)

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