It’s full steam ahead as we race to have everything finished by the end of next week! Oh man, did I just say ‘next week’? That’s like super soon!
I’ve been scouring second-hand sites like a crazy person and although it’s been slow going I’ve made some progress.
Of course, the problem with being on a limited budget and short time frame, is well, being on a limited budget and short time frame! Having one without the other isn’t too much of an issue, though when you put the two together it can make things really difficult.
You see, finding the right pieces at the right prices generally takes A LOT of time (ever noticed how long it usually takes me to finish a space?), and when you don’t have time it means many sleepless nights lying awake wondering what the heck you’re going to do! And not only are the more affordable pre-loved pieces harder to come by, they generally need the most amount of work. And what does work equal? Yep, more time – which I simply don’t have.
Of course, there’s always the option of compromise. That’s what I did when we staged my gran’s house for sale; an old sugar bowl to hold clipped greenery, a dated buffet base along the blank kitchen wall, a faded pillow slip in a frame as wall art. And there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, that kind of expedient ingenuity makes me feel a little bit proud and can be quite inspiring, however I still had more time and money to stage my gran’s house than I do for this whole flip! And I really, really, really want to elevate this house. Not only for my friend, though also for myself.
Luckily, I’ve been super fortunate to have a few brands jump on board which is AMAZING! Not only will this help relieve some of my time and budget pressure though it gives me the chance to dress the house with a few beautiful new items (which is a pretty exciting thing for me!). Don’t worry though, there’ll still be plenty of budget-friendly ideas, DIY and repurposing going on! I know many of you appreciate the “real world” way I go about things here, and it’s incredibly important to me that I maintain this relatability. Just hope you can understand where I’m coming from.
Although the brands are being quite generous with their contributions (for which I’m endlessly grateful – will share more details soon!), they will still far from cover everything. So, as already mentioned, I’ve been on a mission to hunt down bargains wherever I can! Here are some of the pieces I’ve scored so far…
SET OF EIGHT CHIPPENDALE CHAIRS | $100
Yes, people, $100!
I happened to check Marketplace at the right time and these had just been listed. I thought the seller must be asking $100 per chair (which would have been reasonable given I know this style of chair usually retails for around $400 each) though it wasn’t clear so I asked the question and she confirmed it was $100 for the entire set of eight! Of course, my next thought was that they must be badly damaged however she assured me they were in great condition aside from a few scuffs here and there. When I went to collect them I wasn’t disappointed.
The yellow is pretty awesome though it doesn’t quite suit our theme, plus there are a decent amount of scuff marks, so I think I’ll paint them white. They will be used on the covered outdoor deck.
QUEEN BED WITH MATTRESS | FREE
One of the bedrooms had a billiard table instead of a bed so I needed to source one. There are staging tricks where you can use wood pallets, trestle tables or packing boxes with an air bed on top however I figured it would just be easier to buy a super cheap bed. I put a “wanted” ad in one of my local Buy Swap Sell Facebook groups and someone offered this up for free. Not bad! There is a mattress too, just not in this shot.
Although it’s a decent bed it’s not exactly what I had in mind. Am thinking about painting it (possibly charcoal) and altering the head in some way to give it a more unique feel. Not sure yet, though am considering using rope somehow. We’ll see.
RUSTIC SIDEBOARD | $80
Affordable sideboards are one of the trickier items to come by. Because they’re generally quite large, usually with multiple drawers and doors, they tend to be priced relatively high. Was lucky to pick this one up from Gumtree. Initially I was planning on cleaning it up and changing the handles though when I saw it in person I decided I actually quite like it as is. It will probably serve as the TV cabinet in the living room. I’m still hunting for a second sideboard for the dining space.
BAMBOO SHELVES | $50
Admittedly this wasn’t an entirely essential item though it’s super flexible so there are plenty of areas I can use it, plus I’ve loved these forever and this one was priced just right! I found it on Marketplace and am thinking it may end up in the home office, sitting room or somewhere near the kitchen – not sure yet.
BEDSIDE TABLES | $40
I couldn’t go past this simple pair of bedsides which I found on eBay. They are dark stained veneer and my original plan was to sand them back to natural however it’s quite a big job given all the visible surfaces and at this stage I don’t think I’ll have the time. Instead I’ll probably just paint them (maybe green) and perhaps add a few brass corners. They will most likely end up in the master bedroom.
RATTAN DRESSER | $65
This was another item I got a bit lucky with. Happened to notice it on Marketplace just a few minutes after it was listed. I’ve seen similar being sold from upwards of $300 so I jumped on it! This will be used in a bedroom or the sitting room.
There are a few existing pieces from the house we’ll be using too…
I know this crappy single bed mightn’t look like much though I have plans to paint it green and add a statement headboard. This will be used in the smallest bedroom which I’m staging as a kid’s space.
Upholstered pieces are always the hardest when you’re decorating on a budget. Even the cheapest of new couches aren’t exactly cheap, and most second-hand pieces are stained or damaged. Fortunately there were already two of these couches at the house in good condition. Although they might not be what I would have chosen, they have simple lines and neutral enough dark chocolate fabric which I can easily work with.
I don’t have a shot of this bed stripped, however it’s just a basic mattress and base ensemble. I’m planning on making a large headboard and concealing the base with an easy DIY valance. It will be used in the master bedroom.
So, there’s still a bit to do though we’re definitely at the pointy end now. Can’t wait to share more as things progress!
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Those chairs are a dream! Can’t wait to see the finished house. You’re almost there!
Thanks so much! Looking forward to popping the champagne!
On the last legs of this amazing journey now, Looks like we need to go to my place in
New Zealand next lol.
Love the yellow dining chairs .
Thanks so much. More than happy for a trip to NZ – plane ticket anyone? LOL!
I have to admit I’m having a bit of a sympathy panic attach. Love all the pieces, especially the rustic sideboard. Will keep you in my prayers. :)
You are amazing Kristine. I absolutely love your house-flip posts, they are wonderful. So proud of you and all your hard work and how you strive for excellence in what you do. Congrats on being so focused on quality although your time and budget constraints are real challenges. You have outdone yourself once again. Keep it up and go professional, you are amazing at house flips and house staging.
I second that @Sonja! Kristine, you continue to amaze me with what you put together with little money and time. You rocked the exterior and interior updates and I see the staging will be just as brilliant. Thank you for sharing this journey – it is quite inspiring. :)
Can’t wait to see how you work your magic! I’m very excited! The chairs are gorgeous and painted white will be so crisp and clean…Also the green tables with brass-how do you see it-you have such great vision. I would never think of it but when you explain it, it’s brilliant. I’m learning!!😉
You’ve got some great finds. I’m always amazed at the “real world” way that you are able to see the potential in things. Can’t wait to see the final results – although for your sake, I hope the time doesn’t go by too fast! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Leslie :)
Nice pieces. Looking forward to finish.
Wow, things seem to be really coming together. Can’t wait to see the finished product! The tile grout looks amazing, how did you clean it?
Do you mean the floor grout? If so, it’s just been vacuumed and mopped.
so excited! already loving your plans!
The free stuff from “Brands” sort of spoils it for me. I can’t relate to unlimited money that’s what turned me off the black and shows like that. Cheque book decorating, anyone can do anything with a big enough cheque book. However, I still look forward to your ingenuity and recycling efforts, that’s what I admire! Please list the price you would have paid if you weren’t famous when you do up your cost sheet. I appreciate that you did that with the roller door.
Thanks Lee. Yes, this is something I really struggle with too. I’m constantly offered free products and partnership opportunities which, more often than not, I choose to decline.
It’s super important to me that my blog remains relevant for my readers and I know that my “keeping it real” approach is highly appreciated. Deciding to collaborate with a brand takes a lot of consideration on my part and is never something I enter into lightly (you can actually read my advertising policy HERE which further explains things).
I think it’s worth remembering that I make no money from this blog. I spend hours upon hours working on projects and posts along with social media content, and also offer copious amounts of free advice. In addition, I’m not getting a cent from this flip house. In order to continue to operate this blog, there needs to be a level of compromise somewhere.
As already mentioned, I’m super careful about the ways in which I choose to partner with brands and for that reason don’t believe my content is negatively impacted (in many ways it can actually be beneficial for some readers). Of course, not everyone might agree though I think I’ve struck a pretty good balance. Just hope my readers can appreciate where I’m coming from.
Thankyou for choosing to be transparent and acknowledge the Brand contributions. Your integrity shines like a beacon Kristine. Just because we may not be able to afford a certain items doesn’t mean we can’t still create the look, it just means we might have to become a bit more creative and it may take a bit more time.
Thanks so much. Yes, I’m very lucky to have the opportunity though would certainly have made do without.
I can’t wait to see the finished results! Wanting to do a headboard so I am especially excited to see what you will come up with.
Thanks so much. Sorry for the delayed reply. First time I’ve had a few “spare” hours to sit down and respond to comments.
Did you catch my latest post. There were a few headboard sneak peeks. Will be revealing all next week!
OMG the chairs…..what an incredible bargain !! Go girl
Excellent shopping skills! Staying tuned as usual. x
Bit worried about that bed head with rope. Thoughts of kink immediately entered my mind lol.
You picked fantastic stuff. I particularly love the cane bookcase thingimewhatsit. It’s great. Skills there with the picking!
LOL! No kink intended, just a natural, rustic vibe and something more custom than regular slatted pine :)
So inspiring. I think the fact that you put some much thought into it even with supplied items it will be a great resource to all of us who come here to learn, be inspired and enjoy your thoughts and ideas. In some ways it will probably relate to items we could be gifted that we then have to decide if we can work with, are appreciative of but also need to consider. I am constantly amazed at the level of effort, creativity and thoughtful content you provide all of us without it being “a paid” thing. So many commercial blogs tv shows etc fall flat by comparison. EEEk next week is so soon – good luck!!
Aw, thank you so much :)
****I know many of you appreciate the “real world” way I go about things here, and it’s incredibly important to me that I maintain this relatability.****
BINGO! That’s one of the things I love most about what you do. You find a-MAZ-ing ways to elevate things I would walk by, not seeing the potential. There are lots of people online doing ‘makeovers’ in a style I call ‘loving hands at home’ that leave me scratching my head because the result is neither elevated nor attractive. At the other end of the spectrum, it’s easy to get fabulous results when you have a good eye AND a healthy budget. It’s quite another matter when the budget is slim – that’s where you shine and it’s so inspirational. As for the sponsored items, it’s clear to me you are not partnering on a whim and don’t intend to overuse that advantage. If it takes some of the pressure off for this flip, go for it.
Thanks so much Deb. Yes, it takes a lot for me to collaborate with a brand and I can only hope the level of budget-friendly projects I pack in more than compensates. Still, I know many of my readers love seeing a DIY/retail mix and this is beneficial for them too.
Can’t wait to see it done! Thanks for sharing.
You made everything in the rooms stand out so much more than it looked before. I like the lighter wall and floors. All the details are great.