More Progress at the Flip House

Needless to say I didn’t meet the “end of next week” deadline.

Still, things are on track to be completed super soon!

Of course, I’ve only been sharing little snippets here and there, as I haven’t had the time to compile any full-on blog posts yet (plus I don’t want to give too much away!), though things are pretty much done now. Just need to finish-off a few DIY projects, then tweak the styling and cleaning, before I can take all of the proper after shots and reveal the completed house – yay!

Until then though, here’s some of what’s been happening over the past week or so…

I’ve found a few more budget-friendly pieces including this cute coffee table on Marketplace for $50.

Coffee Table

It’s quite rough and rustic so I think I’ll just pressure wash it then nourish it with a tinted oil.

I also scored this large solid timber dining table (which I’ll be using outside on the covered deck) for $50 from Gumtree.

Dining Table

It was a bit orange and glossy (which doesn’t suit anything in the house) so I’ve since sanded the top back to raw and am planning on painting the legs – probably Duck Egg.

I was going to build a coffee table just like the one below so when it popped up on Marketplace for only $40 I jumped straight on it!

Coffee Table

This isn’t my exact one (I didn’t save the original pic) though it’s similar – mine is just a bit more chunky and not quite so refined.

Still on a last minute hunt for a pair of bedside tables for one of the bedrooms and a few occasional tables for the living areas. Argh! Am thinking Kmart might need to come to my rescue for these!

In other news there’s been a heap of DIY going down. Here’s just a small sample…

The eight Chippendale chairs have been painted white.

Chippendale Chairs

White Chippendale Chairs

The free pine bed has been mummified with sisal rope.

Bed Frame

DIY Rope Wrapped Bedhead

Only took three times more rope and thirty-three times more hours than I anticipated!

The cube bedsides have been painted green and I’ve started adding the brass corners I got from D. Lawless Hardware.

Bedside Tables

Green Table with Brass Corners

I’ve extended and slip-covered the head of the basic white bed which was already at the house.

Old Bed

Bed Head Slipcover

How gorgeous is this fun boho fabric I found at Spotlight? Especially love the way it speaks to the entry wallpaper.

And the base of this bed got a fresh coat of green paint too (lucky I bought so many green sample pots trying to get the colour of the entry console table just right – LOL!).

Bed Green Paint

I’ve also made a new bedhead from scratch using mustard-gold fabric from Spotlight for the master bedroom!

Velvet Headboard

 Granted, this “during construction” pic isn’t the most flattering though I’m kinda in love with the finished product which I can’t wait to reveal!

To compliment it I’ve added a skirt to the original bed base using a curtain panel from Spotlight.

DIY Bed Skirt

The pleats you can see here will be hidden by the mattress.

Most of the dated flush-mount ceiling lights throughout the house have been replaced with these simple fixtures from Bunnings. The clear glass shades are a nice clean and modern take on the usual white or frosted shades you see with this style of fitting.

Simple Light Fitting

I’m also making a light fitting from this basket from Spotlight.

Basket Light

It will probably go in the master bedroom.

And I’m planning on giving this really large fabric shade, which I found for just $6 at a charity store, a “brass” style makeover to go over the dining table.

Second Hand Tapered Shade

Finally for now, I installed a new long pull to the pantry door to help modernise the overall feel.

Pantry Door Handle

I found it on eBay for just $8.


Clearly these are merely sneak peeks and I’ll be sure to share more detailed tutorials once the house is complete…any day now…quite soon…I promise…truly ruly.




Find all of the previous flip house posts HERE.


  1. Julie says:

    You are such a tease; however even an incomplete update is exciting. Of course everything either looks wonderful or promises to be, but my favourites are the white chairs and that GORGEOUS table upon which the large lampshade is resting. Most curious to see the brass makeover of the lampshade; I recently bought a similar one for $5 at an op shop. Your friend must be over the moon at all you have done. X

    • Thanks Julie. LOL, certainly don’t mean to be a tease. It’s mainly just that I can’t get my act together to share a complete post!

  2. Janine Schuster says:

    WOW! You get great deals like I do here in Buffalo, NY! Even though many of your ideas aren’t my exact style, your renditions make me love them! The rope-entwined bed rocks and those white chippendale chairs drive me crazy. I also can’t wait to see what you’ll do with the wire basket -turned-light fixture, as well as the fabric shade waiting for brass embellishments. Thanks for opening up my eyes to a different way of doing things.

    • Thanks so much. Yep, bargains are there to be had if you have patience and persistence. It’s just all the searching, and searching, and searching that drives me a bit bonkers!

  3. Sara Newell says:

    PLEASE can’t you be my friend and come and help me?! ;) Seriously, everything you do is incredible!!!

    • LOL! Happy to help :)

    • Sheryl says:

      WOW! you have been busy! I love all your choices and can’t wait to see the big reveal.

  4. Leslie Wood says:

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – you’re so unbelievably creative! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

    • Wait till you see the results because I’m in the ‘serious doubt’ phase right now! Ha, ha.

  5. susan says:

    Oh my gosh! I can’t wait to see everything completed! I am in awe of everything you can do!

  6. Lara says:

    You truly are amazing!!! I’m always so impressed with your creativity

  7. Julie says:

    Love all of it!!! I really love that black and white wall paper ? Is that wall paper or something else?
    Thanks for sharing all the tidbits, and I cannot wait to see it all together.

  8. Deb from Maryland says:

    It must be scary sometimes living with your brain! It seems to be always going, always coming up with FANTASTIC ideas and always finding a less expensive way to accomplish it. Am waiting for the reveal to totally fan girl out. ;)

    • Ha, ha. Kinda think my brain is broken right now though. At least, that’s how I’m currently feeling each evening at around 5PM. Sadly, it seems to kick back into gear at around 3AM in the morning though :)

  9. Lydia Williams says:

    Im just WAAAAITING for these posts!!! I LOVE following all your projects!

  10. Robin says:

    You are soooo clever. I love seeing what you do. Especially how affordable your projects are!

  11. Sabrina J says:

    So happy to see the flip house coming along so splendidly:). You should be quite proud and sneak peaks are welcomed and appreciated.

    Boy, what a ton of work!!! I know it will rock and sell quickly.

    • Hope so. The market where this house is is sooooo slow right now. There are like 45 houses for sale in the immediate area. I’m kinda scared TBH!

  12. R Lutz says:

    Everything looks so wonderful… Can’t wait to see the finished house!

  13. Pene says:

    LOVE EVERYTHING! Can’t wait to see the finished house!!

  14. Pene says:

    LOVE EVERYTHING! Can’t wait to see the finished house!! Just love your style.

  15. Lee Hynes says:

    So jealous and excited for you. I will not get to do any of this stuff as our flip sold yesterday before completion now we have 3 weeks to finish it in!

    • LOL! I wish this had already sold! Am totally exhausted and broke right now!
      Sadly the market in this flip house area is super slooooow right now. It could take months to sell, even with all of our work.

      • Lee Hynes says:

        that’s why I accepted the offer even though we aren’t finished. It could easily take 6 months or more if this falls through. Keep your fingers crossed that we can get it all done. There is a phenomenal amount of work left. I signed the contract yesterday and it gives us 3 weeks. The market is very slow especially in the area in which this house is located and the next one is worse.

  16. Lee Hynes says:

    Cant believe the chairs look so different with just a coat of paint. You have been so busy!

  17. Cheryl says:

    Can’t wait to see it all Kristine & I’m hoping there will be lots of tutorials on how you did these fabulous projects?? 😊

    • Of course. I find it hard to get stuff done whilst trying to document it (especially because I generally work experimentally) though I will be writing tutorials once things have settled down :)

  18. Lee Hynes says:

    where did you get that fabulous fabric?

  19. Lee Hynes says:

    its ok I see it was spotlight, very unique!

  20. Alix says:

    Gah! All so good! Can’t wait to see the final reveal. And really interested to hear how much time this took you (obviously a lot!). You’ve added a huge amount of value to this house, but you’ve put in a massive effort!

    • Thanks so much. I’ll be breaking everything down in terms of cost and time (where I can). Has been a lot of work though nothing totally extraordinary. Anyone can do it :)

  21. Sonja says:

    It is going to be your best work ever. You are so creative. Well done for such imaginative use of your resources, I love the brass corner details on the green tables. The headboard is amazing. I can’t wait to see the final reveal.

    • So, no pressure then? LOL!
      There are quite a few “make do” spaces which I’m not totally in love with though am hoping to make it all work together. Can’t wait to have my very own flip house one day where I can do whatever I want, ha, ha.

  22. Rachel Norrod says:

    Argh! The anticipation is killing me!!!

  23. Cathy says:

    Yep, what everybody else has said and then some. You are amazingly creative and patient. I love the idea of finding bargains on line, but after about 10 mins my eyeballs start losing focus!! Can’t wait to see the final reveal😁😁

  24. Mary says:

    Oh my you are one very busy lady. I hope you share more details of all these projects.

  25. Jodi says:

    You are so clever and creative! Love seeing these posts and watching the progress!

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  27. Brenda says:

    I love those green side tables with the brass corners. A really simple fix to transform the tables. Stealing this idea…wish I were as creative as you but I think following you stretches my creative muscles! Thank you! Can’t wait to see the finished home.

  28. Jennifer Ryan says:

    So love everything Kristine and can’t wait for your tutorials so I can copy.

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