The Flip House Exterior Makeover Reveal | Before & After

I must admit, as much as I’ve been looking forward to sharing this reveal, I’m feeling equal parts nervous and excited!

It’s not because I’m disappointed with the outcome, in fact I’m quite the opposite, though I am wary of disappointing you guys.

You see, I knew from the start that translating the success of this makeover through photographs was never going to be easy. In person the house looks beautiful and I’d now say it’s even the prettiest in the street (definitely the most stylish), however as it sits on the low side of a sloped road capturing the full effect with a camera has proven difficult. In photos everything just looks a little bit wonky and weird, and somewhat obscured due to the shallow position.

Still, I’ve done my best and hope you can look past the less than ideal factors. Also, it bears remembering that this was a DIY budget-friendly refresh of a standard suburban house (please don’t go comparing me to Joanna Gaines – LOL!).

If you’ve been following along with this makeover from the start, then you’ll be across most of the project and product info. I’ll touch on some aspects as I go, and link to past posts where you can find further information, though if you’d like to fully catch-up on all the previous content you can do so HERE.

So, let’s remember where we started…

Flip House Before

Flip House Before Left Side

Flip House Before

Flip House Before

Flip House Before

As mentioned in my original post, it’s only a relatively young house (around 14 years old) with good bones and lots of potential. There was certainly nothing offensive about it though there wasn’t anything special either. It just looked like any other slightly dated, somewhat neglected house in the neighbourhood – particularly the one right next door which happened to have the exact same colour scheme!

A fresh change was called for.

And here is is now…

Curb Appeal Front Door Makeover

House Exterior Makeover

Front Door Curb Appeal

Flip House After

Easy DIY Letterbox

Flip House After Makeover

Front Door Pots and Plants

Flip House After

You can find side-by-side before and afters towards the end of the post.

Argh, it feels so weird putting these out there! I so hope you guys like it!

Obviously the big changes are the painted brick and garage door.

When comparing the new white to the original yellow the difference is so dramatic that at first it can seem a little startling.

Flip House Before

House Exterior Makeover

I must admit, I made lots of skeptical srunchy faces at it for a good few weeks before deciding I’d made the right choice. The colour is Antique White USA and the paint is Texture ‘Medium Cover’ (both Dulux) which creates a gorgeous bagged effect – LOVE it!

Painted Brick

Although my initial vision was for a black carriage style garage door I honestly couldn’t be happier with this alternative. In fact, it may even be better!

Garage Door and Sconce Light

It’s a sectional door by Gliderol which I purchased through Bunnings and I love the simple panelled design and warm timber-look finish. It compliments the other timber elements and duck-egg accents perfectly, as well as helps warm-up all the white.

Flip House Before Left Side

Flip House After

My favourite area is the front door.

Front Door Transformation

It was one of those REALLY easy yet SUPER effective little transformations.

Front Door Curb Appeal

First we decluttered be clearing the old decor, removing the ugly security screen door and taking down the aluminium shade from the sidelight. Then we simply made things look pretty by painting the door a lovely soft blue, installing a new light fitting and adding stylish accessories!

Flip House Before

Front Door After

I was struggling to find a nice large plant to use beside the front door. Everything established was really expensive and I was worried that might be wasted money if it simply died (given no-one is living at the house to care for it). So I ended up using this artificial fiddle leaf (bet you couldn’t tell, right?) from Koch & Co. which is totally awesome…and definitely will never die!

Front Door Pots and Plants

And I’m in love with the wall baskets from Early Settler which add just the right hint of something. Aren’t they cool?

Boho Cane Wall Baskets

Door House Numbers

Something I haven’t spoken much about is the garden.

DIY Decorative Shutter

I wish the roses were in bloom for my after pics however this particular shot is from a month or so back.

Although it appears okay in the before pics, that’s actually a bit of an illusion. Whilst the plants looked quite green and full from an elevated perspective, at ground level things were very different. Most of them were leggy, sparse and scruffy, there were loads of weeds, and many were half dead by the time summer was over. Unfortunately we had no choice but to remove lots of them and seriously cut back others. It was a shame though it had to be done. I know the garden might not seem as nice now however in reality it’s actually a hundred times better.

Flip House Garden

Of course we didn’t have the budget to create a brand new “instant” garden full of large established plants so we kept things neat and simple by planting Westringa, Viburnum and Pittosporum around the house and Rosemary, Gaura and Dietes in the retaining walls and street level beds. They’re only mostly babies though they are sweet yet tough. Then we mulched everything for that nice finished look.

I really struggled to get a decent photo of the little lawn area. The grass is slowly coming back to life now that we’ve had some rain and it’s staring to look nice so to give the space some purpose and personality I added a simple rattan settee and ceramic stool.

Garden Bench Seat

Garden Bench Settee

PRICE & SOURCE LIST

Brick Paint | Dulux Texture ‘Medium Cover’ in ‘Antique White USA’ | $640*

Fascia & Eave Paint | Dulux Weathershield ‘Low Sheen’ in ‘Antique White USA’ | $80*

Retaining Wall Paint | Dulux Masonry Matt in ‘Linseed’ | $80*

Front Door & Shutter Paint | Dulux Weathershield ‘Semi Gloss’ in ‘Duck Egg Blue’ | $40*

Garage Door | Gliderol Tuscan Door in ‘Golden Oak’ | $2,600* (gifted at half price)

Plants | Variety mainly from Bunnings & Aumans | $220

Mulch | Cottage Bark from Whittlesea Garden Centre | $150

Mailbox | Sandleford Crest Mailbox and Treated Pine Post from Bunnings | $36*

Wall Lights | Brilliant Black Manoir Exterior Light from Bunnings | $73 each*

Porch Light | Batton Fix Cage Cube from Bunnings | $75*

Door Mat | Madras Link Door Mat from Bunnings | $18*

Door Numbers | Nickel Numbers from Bunnings |$8*

Wall Baskets | Early Settler | $120*

Plant Pots | Tuscan Path Glazed Pots from Bunnings | $60*

Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig | Koch & Co. | $60*

Gable Pediment | DIY | $30

Shutters | DIY | $20 each

Settee | Facebook Marketplace & Black Spraypaint | $30

Drum Stool | Already Owned | $0

GRAND TOTAL $4,433

OUR TOTAL $1,770

 

*We were super lucky to be gifted some items from Bunnings, Dulux, Early Settler and Koch & Co. 
In the interest of providing an accurate indication of the full overall expense, I’ve still included all costs in the Grand Total.

And now, for the fun bit…

Flip House Before

House Exterior Makeover

Flip House Before

Flip House After

Flip House Before Left Side

Flip House After

Flip House Before

Flip House After Makeover

Flip House Before

Curb Appeal Front Door Makeover

I really want, no, need, to extend a huge thank you to all of you who have followed along with this makeover. I’ve received countless lovely and encouraging comments, emails and messages which have truly helped drive me to the finish line. I am incredibly grateful.

I also have to recognise my dad, my brother, and foremost my mum, who I absolutely could not have done this without. You know I love and appreciate you endlessly.

Okay, enough with the sap. Anyone would think this was some kind of silver screen awards speech!

Anyhoo, just hoping you guys like it and that it helps inspire you in some small way.

 

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Front Door Curb Appeal

 

Find all of the previous flip house posts HERE.

 

The Flip House Facade Finish Line!

Before I hit publish on the full before and after reveal (coming next week – yay!) I wanted to share the last few projects.

The Gliderol garage door from Bunnings was installed a few weeks back and I absolutely love it!

Gliderol Timber Look Garage Door

Sorry about the quality of this photo. I had to crop it down from a crappy phone pic.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the timber-look finish though it has a random grain pattern, subtle raised texture and lovely soft lustre which gives it a nice authentic look. It totally changes the feel of the house – in a decidedly good way!

Timber Look Garage Door

I ended up going with the Golden Oak colourway, which was my favourite from the start. It’s beautifully warm, compliments the white brick, and ties-in with the gable pediment perfectly!

Replacing the garage door, even in a frugal manner, was always going to be one of our more expensive undertakings so I’m incredibly relieved to know that it was undeniably worth it!

I also installed the new sconce lights from Bunnings.

Sconce Light

When I was originally painting the brick I took down the previous sconces flanking the garage door, which I assumed were hard-wired, to discover they were merely solar.

Garage Door for the Flip House

Unfortunately I couldn’t find new solar sconces I really liked, and running all new electrical was going to be too costly, so I decided to go with these regular sconces and try using solar light bulbs.

I’m still waiting on the bulbs to arrive though will be sure to share more once I’ve installed them.

A really quick and easy little project was painting the feature diamonds in the driveway.

Spray Painting Brick

They appeared relatively subtle at first, so altering them was never even on my radar, though after the driveway was pressure-washed they became quite prominent. In the below pic you can see how much more distinct they looked after one pass of the pressure-washer.

Driveway Diamonds

Given we’d eliminated almost all of the cream from the house I decided they just felt a little lost, dated and distracting.

To paint them I simply ensured they were nice and clean, laid down a towel to protect from overspray, then carefully hit them with two light coats of Dulux Duramax Chalky Finish in Elegant Greige. This paint is exterior grade, which I know first hand from the plant pots I painted several months back which are all still perfect!

The diamonds blend in soooo much better now!

Painted Brick

Sorry about the sunlight and shadows in this pic.
And never mind that brown stain in the top right corner – it’s from some timber which was left on the concrete and will be cleaned prior to selling.

Finally, the new letterbox is in!

Simple Letterbox

I never even captured the original letterbox in any of my before pics because it was on the far left of the driveway. Just imagine a battered cream cube, lounging drunkard-like, on the boundary fence.

It was always my intention to move it to the right side of the driveway to give it more presence and a stronger relationship with the house.

Simple Letterbox Style

The side looks a little “wavy” here though it’s just reflections.

I know it’s basic though that’s exactly what I wanted – something simple and understated. Using a rough sawn post, in place of a standard metal stake, provides just enough individuality and a reference point for the other timber elements.

   

So, that’s pretty much it!

Of course, there have been some other changes, mainly involving gardening, styling and general tidying, though I’ll share all of those pics and details next week with the full reveal.

Can’t wait!

 

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Catch up on all the flip house posts HERE.

The Flip House Entry Reveal!

Tribal Boho Style Entry Refresh

It was always my intention to finish and share the flip house facade first, though it appears this little entry has snuck in.

Kinda makes sense given it’s about one zillionth the size of the exterior!

Entry Before

With good bones and a neutral palette the plan here was simple…strip it down then dress it up!

I often mention the importance of starting with a blank canvas, so before I even had an inkling of a design strategy, the room was cleared.

Entry During

Ah, that’s better.

Even half-finished, with obvious patches on the wall and visible underlay in the adjoining sitting room, it just seemed to ‘breathe’ so much better. Or maybe that’s just me?

To complete the “clean slate” phase we simply painted the walls as needed (using the existing colour) and gave everything a good clean (new carpet was also laid over the visible underlay in the neighbouring room though that’s not exactly part of the entry).

Sure, the wall and trim colour isn’t the most up-to-date, and the floor tiles aren’t exactly the prettiest, though it’s amazing how styling can turn negatives into positives and make everything work.

So, with my blank canvas ready it was time to decorate!

If you read my previous post about the flip house entry, then you’ll know that I was somewhat struggling with a design direction. In order to help narrow things down I decided to take some inspiration from House Rules on Channel 7 and create a set of guidelines based around the feel I wanted to achieve.

My rules were…

:: Use black and white with a hint of gold.

:: Add greenery for a vibrant punch.

:: Go for simple lines with a rustic twist.

And this is the result.

Boho Tribal Style Entryway Makeover

Brass Planter with Maidenhair Fern

DIY Rustic Console Table

At the risk of sounding conceited, I think I kinda nailed the brief :)

Of course, the stunning wallpaper is the absolute hero in this space. It’s from Luxe Walls and is fully removable and repositionable, plus the scale can be customised. As you can see, I went sorta big! Let’s not talk about the little moment of panic I had when I first unfurled the roll – the pattern looked super-sized though it’s so perfect up on the wall.

Tribal Boho Style Entry Refresh

I know it can pay to play it safe when styling a property for sale, and some people may shake their heads at my relatively bold choice, however I have no regrets.

The fact is, there is nothing super special about this builder-grade house – which will be competing with several dozens (literally) of similar properties when it’s listed – so my aim is to create ‘wow’ through impactful staging. Of course, I intend to exercise restraint and certainly have no plans to use statement features all over the place, however the entry offers a perfect platform to capture people.

Thankfully my DIY console table turned out great (if I do say so myself!) and looks as if it was made for the space – funny thing that!

Boho Tribal Style Entryway Makeover

I decided to leave the top raw and absolutely love the rustic charm it lends.

Rustic Console Table

DIY Rustic Console Table

Getting the leg colour right took a few goes though I eventually landed on Dulux “Amazon Depths” with a touch of added black to tone-down the yellow.

DIY Rustic Console Table

It looks a bit more vibrant in reality than it does in the photos. I simply used a sample pot which provided good coverage and left a nice matte finish.

Console Table Legs

If you missed my previous post about constructing the table, you can find it HERE.

As mentioned when I shared my initial concept plan, I had my heart set on two ottomans for beneath the console table.

My original idea was to “cheat” by simply upholstering some off-the-shelf storage tubs or baskets though I couldn’t find anything quite the right size. So I ended-up building basic boxes using left-over MDF/ply I had in the shed then weaving webbing on top. It was a pretty quick and simple project.

Ottomans Before

To turn the boxes into ottomans I added thick foam tops then wrapped everything in wadding. As buying new foam can be pricey I salvaged some old sofa seat cushions from the flip house and actually used the foam from them. To finish, mum sewed simple pleated slipcovers from inexpensive linen.

DIY Ottomans

I love them!

The wall art is simply a collection of downloadable prints in frames from Kmart and Big W.

Elephant Line Drawing

DIY Budget Friendly Abstract Art

I was originally going to go with straight black and white though decided to edit in sepia toned backgrounds to provide a bit of warmth and softness. So happy with how they turned out!

One of my favourite little projects from the space is the collection of vases.

Console Table Vignette

I found a variety of different vessels at charity stores (I think the most expensive one was like $3.50), gave them a good clean, then hit them with a few light coats of Dulux Duramax Chalky Finish spray paint.

Vases Before

Spray Painted Vases

The difference is AMAZING! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: spray paint is actually, like truly-ruly, magic!

The gorgeous brass planter is from Early Settler.

Brass Planter with Maidenhair Fern

Absolutely adore the way the warm gold lifts the scheme and compliments the green of the Maidenhair Fern.

To somewhat hide the floor tiles and inject some earthy texture into the space I used a simple jute rug. This one is just from Kmart. The woven baskets (which you can see in some of the pics) are also from Kmart.

Boho Tribal Style Entryway Makeover

And what’s a console table without a book stack?

Console Table Vignette

The black books are from charity stores, the white books are from Kmart and the wooden hand is from Typo (they’re also widely available on eBay).

So, that’s about it.

Excluding the wallpaper ($300) and brass planter ($70), which I was lucky to be gifted, the total cost was around $130.

Entry Before

Boho Tribal Style Entryway Makeover

Hall Before

Entry Makeover After

So rapt with how it came together! I hope you guys like it.

I’m aiming to share the finished facade next week and then move on to styling some of the other interior rooms. Can’t wait!

 

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As always, feel free to ask any questions and I’ll do my best to help.

 

 

DIY Rustic Console Table for the Flip House Entry

If you follow me socially, you may have seen a snippet of this console table.

I had no intention of writing a dedicated blog post about it, though I’ve had so much interest and so many questions that it just seemed to make sense.

Do you remember my concept board for the flip house entry?

I was inspired by the new season of House Rules on Channel 7 to come up with my own set of guidelines to help dictate the style direction.

Well, after searching and searching for the perfect console table at the perfect price, I was near biting the bullet and just forking out for an expensive piece, when I happened to notice this pile of timber beside our driveway…

Wood Before

Now, when I say ‘notice’ I don’t mean that I abruptly became aware of it like it had appeared out of nowhere. Quite on the contrary, it had actually been sitting there for over twelve years (left behind by our previous home-owners) so I well and truly knew it was there. However, suddenly, I was seeing it for the first time.

“I’m gonna go build a table out of the wood in the driveway,” I announced to hubby.

“Um, okay. You know that cypress is worth a fair bit?” came his reply.

“Well, at the moment it’s worth nothing,” I said.

“True,” he agreed.

So I drew-up a very rough plan then started trimming my timber.

The base is simply old treated pine. I cut it on a slight angle to give the table a gentle splay.

Cutting the Base

Here are the legs before being glued and screwed together. As you can see, the design is pretty basic. Really, anyone can have a go at building them.

Console Table Legs

The top is made from one plank of solid cypress.

It wasn’t wide enough on its own so I cut it in half then biscuit joined the two pieces together.

Trimming the Cypress

Sanding the Top

Although I loved the ashy weathered finish I wanted something with a tad more warmth so decided to sand the top to enhance the natural colour of the timber as well as remove any overly rough areas and level things out a bit. It came up beautifully (ignore the speckled look in the above pic – it was raining).

Then I simply attached the legs to the top with some glue and screws.

Attaching the Legs

Once the glue was fully cured I stood the table right way up. And to my surprise it seemed pretty perfect!

I was concerned that the slender pine legs may be too skimpy for the chunky cypress top though the proportions are fine. I also thought that the base may need some kind of structural brace however it’s incredibly solid as is.

To finish I decided to add little angle brackets. These are simply screwed and glued in place and although I added them purely for decorative purposes they also work to increase the overall strength of the table.

DIY Rustic Console Table

The dimensions are around 83cm H x 150cm W x 30cm D/33″ H x 60″ W x 12″ D

It’s unusual for me not to share a pretty after photo though that will come when the entry is revealed. At this stage I still need to oil the table top and paint the base a deep green. I know it looks okay in its natural rustic state though it’s not quite the look I’m going for.

Hope you like it. Can’t wait to share more!

 

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*UPDATE*

Here is the finished table! You can see more over in my entry reveal post HERE.

DIY Rustic Console Table

 

 

The Flip House Entry

With the exterior finally nearing completion (yay!), it’s time to turn our attention to the flip house interior (double yay!).

As much as I’ve loved transforming the facade, and as exciting as working on my first ever curb appeal makeover has been, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to getting cracking inside.

If you’ve been following along with the flip house from the start, you might recall that in my very first post I shared a rough guide outlining our intended scope of works (you can catch up on it in full detail here). As my friend had no interest in undertaking any major renovations and wanted to keep the budget at around 12K, our plan was pretty simple; make the most of what we already had. In essence, strip it down then dress it up, baby!

At this stage we’ve managed to create a relatively fresh blank canvas by removing all furniture and decor along with any un-needed/un-sightly fixings and fittings, by patching and spot painting walls, ceilings and architraves, as well as painting some feature walls (as much as I would have loved to paint the entire house, it just wasn’t going to happen), and laying new carpet.

Although there’s still lots more to do, including LOADS of cleaning, I finally feel ready to begin dressing some areas….starting with the entry.

From the start it’s always been my vision to create a great first impression by ensuring the facade looks amazing, and it just makes sense to capitalise on that by carrying the standard inside with an equally striking entry.

Here’s how the entry looked at the very beginning of the flip…

Before

Entry Before

And here it is from a week or so back (before the walls were painted and the carpet was installed)…

Entry Before

Doesn’t just removing all the old stuff make such a huge difference? This is why I consider de-cluttering so important.

So, now that I have my relatively blank canvas, it’s time to start considering ‘style’ – and I must admit, I’ve been struggling with this!

Unlike decorating my own home, a client’s home, or a friend’s home, in this case there is no personal taste preference to help dictate the direction. So the possibilities are mind boggling!

Sure, there are certain factors to leverage, such as the style and location of the house plus what’s currently on trend, though I really don’t want it to look like every other staged house in the area.

In order to help me I thought I’d take a cue from House Rules (which just started airing its new season on Channel 7 this week!) and create a set of guidelines based around the feel I want to achieve. So, my ‘House Rules’ are…

:: Use black and white with a hint of gold.

:: Add greenery for a vibrant punch.

:: Go for simple lines with a rustic twist.

And this is my rough plan so far…

Entry Mood Board

WALLPAPER

I don’t tend to use a lot of wallpaper, and in general I’m not a huge fan of feature walls, however they definitely have their place. Here, because I don’t love the wall paint colour and want to create a bit of a statement, I’m planning on using this stunning black and white wallpaper from Luxe Walls. It’s actually an Aboriginal painting created by artist Brentyn Lugnan and I just adore it! The paper requires no messy glue and is repositionable and removable so I’m super excited to try it!

CONSOLE TABLE

I’ve been scouring second-hand sites for a table though haven’t found anything which quite meets my style, size and price requirements yet. Sometimes sourcing pre-loved items can take months and unfortunately, in this case, I just don’t exactly have the luxury of time. Have been thinking about maybe building something myself using some scrap timber our previous home owners left behind – over 12 years ago! If I do, the base will likely be treated pine so I may paint it the deep green shade shown above. I was originally leaning toward duck-egg blue, in order to tie the exterior in (remember, I’ve used duck-egg blue on the shutters and front door), however I can’t get this green out of my mind!

OTTOMANS

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved the look of a generous console table with a pair ottomans beneath it. Sadly, my little home offers precious little scope for any such arrangement – so this is my chance! There’s no way buying tailored ottomans is in the budget so I’ll be DIY’ing these. Have been looking everywhere for some storage tubs/baskets/crates/toy boxes/side tables, I might be able to easily hack though most which have the right overall scale are too long. At this stage I’m thinking I may need to build some basic frames myself using left-over MDF we have in the shed. Then I’ll use the foam from one of my friend’s old sofas to create the ‘cushion’ tops before upholstering them.

RUNNER RUG

To add some natural warmth and texture, and help soften the floor tiles, I may use a woven runner rug. Not sure on the exact style or colour at this stage though you can never go wrong with jute.

DECOR

To meet my self-imposed ‘House Rules’ I’m thinking of using a lush plant in a brass bowl, some simple modern frames in black and gold, and a nice collection of vases (most likely inexpensive second-hand ones I will spray paint). In addition, there will probably be a stack of contemporary books and perhaps a few wicker items for texture. Who knows?

 

In other flip house news, the garage door has been confirmed! For those of you who, like me, have been waiting to see the finished facade this is pretty significant. It will be installed next Thursday after which point I can finish the “curb appeal” styling and share the before and after pics!

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Catch up on all the previous flip house posts HERE.