This was just another little rundown house when my daughter purchased it. But she saw lots of potential in it. Had it been me, I’m afraid I would have walked away upon seeing this home in its original state.

I didn’t want to show an ugly photo right off the bat, so I’m beginning with the island she had her workman build. I adore that rustic island.

A before photo of the house exterior:

Now a photo after the house was cleaned up, painted, and the outdated scrolled railing taken down.

She returned the garage turned living space back into a garage and added new shutters, a porch ceiling and trim work around the garage door.

She also painted the porch floor and steps to give it a nice clean look, as well as the stone on the exterior of the house.

The house was jacked up because it was sagging.

She began on this house while the grass was still green. After the months of working there, she put down new sod and landscaping. And also gave the home a new privacy fence.

A few before photos of the interior:

An outdated kitchen with dark shutters prohibiting the room from having more natural light.

The kitchen, as well as most of this house, was completely gutted.

Dark wood trim and various colored carpeting made the house look tired and old.

Now let’s look at what she did to renovate this house and give it some much needed love.

The living room is bright and airy with sheer curtains at the window facing the street. Lots of outdoor light make the room feel larger than it is.

This view is what you would see as you walk inside the front door. The dining space is just in front of the new patio doors.

The home is now open and has a good flow to it.

Here’s the kitchen off to the left side. She added panels on the dining room wall.

The dining space is grounded with a neutral and black rug, which helps to define the space in an area that is open and inviting.

She chose gold for the candelabra and kitchen hardware, which is a nice warm accent coupled with the rescued wood island one of the workmen built.

So the kitchen went from this:

To this:

The two wood wall shelves adjacent to the window add even more warmth to the white kitchen.

This bathroom was completely redone. From the roof to the floors to the tile on the wall.

And here’s the other bathroom. The house originally had one bathroom. She carved another one out of the patio space. Along with a master closet.

The laundry room is simple but aesthetically pleasing with a whimsical sign on the wall.

The home has a large yard. Here is a view of the spacious deck.

I’d say this little house is now completely ready for a homeowner to love.

My daughter had a vision when she began tearing into this house.

She saw an additional bathroom, a new master closet and a big open living space instead of little chopped up rooms.

And after months of work with few days off, she succeeded beyond her own expectations quite nicely I think.

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  1. Most interesting post ever! What talent!
    Can I ask where the home is and what the costs are? How much did she pay for the home? What did the renovations cost? How much is she asking now?
    If that home were in the city near me (I live in the suburbs), it would be well over a million with a much smaller lot.

    1. I believe she bought the home for about $105 or $110,000. She put at least $100,000 into the renovation. She is asking I think $269,000. It is in Tulsa, OK.

  2. Wow..great transformation. Seems your daughter has been blessed with the same skills as seen on HGTV. It is very lovely..I could definitely live there. Beautiful.

  3. Fabulous makeover! Where did your daughter find/buy the bathroom sink? We will be remodeling a bathroom and this style would be ideal.

    The entire house is beautiful and will sell quick! Wow!

  4. Wow Wow Wow! What a great flip of this home. It is so inviting and cute and the inside is move in ready.
    This should sell quickly with how beautiful it is.
    Goes along with your small living series. What a difference making these changes have made.
    Kris

  5. Very, very nice and inviting, yet a blank enough slate for buyers to imagine their personal items in the space. Your daughter did a fantastic job. I hope the house will sell quickly for her. I’m curious about how many square feet it is. Do you know, Brenda?

  6. Amazing g transformation Brenda. She’s so talented a gift she got from her mom. Here’s hoping for a quick sale.

  7. Ok, so clearly apples don’t fall far from their trees. Your daughter seems to have inherited your great eye for design and style. What a transformation! She is very talented. Someone very lucky is going to get a magazine worthy home.

  8. Thank you for showing the house. Your daughter did an outstanding job renovating it! I was glad when someone mentioned about staging. I always wondered what happened to the furniture after staging. Now I know that there are companies that bring in their own furnishings!

  9. This house is gorgeous ! She’s made a little jewel out of a stone…. very impressive make over. She’s an artist and has a real vision for the possibilities.

  10. Your daughter has done an amazing job!!! I hope you are MEGA proud of her! I believe she got her “imagining” eye from you!!! And you are right ~ that rustic island is AWESOME!!

  11. Your daughter has a brilliant talent!! She will sell this house in a heartbeat! She gets her good eye from her mama, and I can tell how proud you are of her!

  12. Well she surely made a most inviting inside…from a wreck!! The shower is awesome too!! I was not that put off by the outside…but it looks neat and tidy now…and wow, that deck and back yard too…seems she should be able to sell it soon!

  13. She definitely knew what she was doing! I think she got that talent from YOU, Brenda! Fabulous!! At the right price, it will sell quickly, I am guessing.

  14. If I remember correctly, this daughter and her then husband owned the little blue house. Could she buy another that wouldn’t require a total gut and then rent it to you?

  15. Anything I say would be repeating what has already be said, but I am very impressed. I love decorating, but I am unable to look at a house like that and visualize any major changes as she does. I know it should be changed but I wouldn’t know where to start. Great Job!

  16. It’s beautiful. The open floor plan is great and flows beautifully from the front door. The living room looks HUGE, even though I’m not a fan of sectional sofas. The soft color palette is perfect and maximizes the available natural light. A well-done flip and I’m glad to see she did NOT cheap out on any part of the project. That will make a difference to buyers who have some knowledge of what they’re looking at.

  17. Your daughter certainly did an amazing job with the vision she had for this little gem. It looks so much larger on the inside than from the outside. Wishing her a quick sell with a good profit.

  18. what a wonderful job of renovation! a new life for a little house that doesn’t feel so little and dark anymore! I know it must be a stressful business but for one who is so creative and master of the results… it would always be worth it!
    and I LOVE that island too! it’s those little touches that make such a huge ifference.
    she’s her mother’s own daughter! tell her for all of us … CONGRATULATIONS!

  19. That home must be bursting with pride and excited to welcome an appreciative family inside to make warm memories.

    Well done her. She clearly shares a love of design with you, even if varying tastes are at play. You both understand the value of aesthetics.

    What a refreshing, lovely, inspiring post today!

  20. That’s quite an amazing transformation. What does she do with the furnishings used in the staging — does she offer them for sale with the house or use them in the next project? I hope she has a quick sale to some happy buyers!

      1. Wow, it sure is amazing how selling houses has changed over the years, isn’t it? We didn’t have stagers back in the day.

  21. Such an amazing job she’s done. She’s given life back to that little house. I have that same bathroom vanity and i love it. Mine has a greenish cast to the finish though not white. Does she feel by staging the house it brings more money or just gives people an idea of what can be done?

      1. My husband was a home builder and he found that there are many people who don’t have the vision to judge how much furniture will fit in a room or how to place it so staging helps people imagine what they will be able to do with it which will help them decide to buy.

  22. Wow! What a stunning transformation! What talent and hard work went into that as well as a sense of great accomplishment. She rescued that house.

  23. Just WOW! Your daughter must really have an eye for what “can be.” I love what she has done with this house. The exterior invites you into the house and that kitchen is perfect! I love the brightness of the home — the light colors and the wood tones really light up and create a feeling of space without making the house feel stark or cold. We will be renovating our kitchen/dining area within the next several years and your daughter has given me severa ideas to use in the planning for my kitchen/dining space. Just love the wooden shelves and that island! Kudos to your daughter and thank you for allowing us to visit.

    Hope you have a great day.

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