We SOLD (Flipped!?) Our Fixer Upper!

We SOLD Our Fixer Upper

Watch out Chip and Joanna…we flipped our fixer upper!

Remember the green Spanish mission-style house with the interior courtyard that we bought last June? We listed the property for sale the week of Thanksgiving and the house sold that weekend. 🙂

I’ll write a separate post on why we sold our fixer upper, but ultimately, it wasn’t the right fit for our family and the hot real estate market allowed us to make a healthy profit to take to our next home. It wasn’t our intention to sell the house, but we could not be happier with our decision. 🙂

In this post, I’ll share the before and after pictures of the house. First, my husband and I did 90% of the work ourselves – from demolition to design to painting to baseboards to landscaping. This house was a true labor of love. The only substantial cosmetic work we paid for was scraping and re-texturing 2,700 square feet of glitter popcorn ceiling and the floor and bathroom tile work. We also had some additional behind the walls work done, but this post is going to focus on the cosmetic updates.

Also, all the after pictures are the official real estate photos that I took to list the home. I found that I really love staging and photographing homes! I took real estate pictures for our two homes and one friend’s house this year and each home sold in less than a week. Hidden talent, maybe? Who knows!

Now on to the photos…

The Interior Courtyard

A nearly 1,200 square foot interior courtyard was located inside the gates of this house, including a large screened in patio.

What we updated:

  • Painted patio floor with acrylic concrete paint
  • Landscaped edge of courtyard with red mulch and a variety of outdoor plants (some of which I found in the backyard!)
  • Installed market lights across the space (2 strands at $49.99 each from Costco)
  • Transformed the water fountain into a flower planter (How To Post Here!)


Here’s a closer look at the landscaping. (Please ignore the un-edged walkway!)

Courtyard 2

Here is a picture of the beautiful fountain-turned-flower-planter.

The Foyer

The home featured an arched foyer that was bare concrete when we purchased the house. We decided wood grain tile was the best way to go with all the long, beautiful hallways. The installation of almost 1,000 square feet of wood tile was one of the largest expenses we incurred, but it was worth it. The floors added a major wow factor to the home!

What we updated:

  • Chipped up the original tile entry pad
  • Added a new light fixture
  • Installed wood grain tile (We purchased the supplies at a surplus warehouse store for $1.49 a square foot and paid a tile crew to professionally install.)
  • Note: The walls were already painted a “Toasted Almond” color that we decided to keep.

foyer new

Here is a view from the front door looking into the dining room.

The Dining Room

As you can see from the picture above, the dining room was the first space that you see when you walk into the house. For this reason, I decided to splurge on a light fixture that had a Spanish/Mediterranean feel, but was also modern and clean. I also splurged on beautiful curtains to finish the space. (And by splurge, I mean $29.99 a panel from Target!)

What we updated:

  • Wood grain tile
  • Upgraded baseboard
  • New light fixture

Dining room

The Living Room

Off of the dining room and foyer was the formal living room. (I didn’t get a good “before” picture before we moved in furniture. Sorry!) The walls were also painted “Toasted Almond”.

What we updated:

  • Installed cream carpet
  • Installed upgraded baseboard

Living Room

The Sunroom

This space off the back of the house was one of our favorite family areas with TONS of natural light. Between the wallpaper and wood paneling, we worked HARD to transform this space.

What we updated:


And a closer picture…

Sunroom 2

The Kitchen

The kitchen was my favorite part of the house renovation. We even opened up the kitchen to the old family room which added a Home & Gardens/Martha Stewart-type fireplace into the kitchen space!

You can read the entire post devoted to the kitchen update post here.

Here’s a sneak peak of the kitchen.

Fireplace 2

The Bedrooms

This house had 4 bedrooms including 2 rooms that were master suites with walk-in closets and attached bathrooms. The true master suite was very large and had sliding glass doors that led into the courtyard. We finished all the rooms with cosmetic updates.

What we updated:

  • Paint
  • Carpet
  • New ceiling fans and light fixtures

Master Bedroom

kid room

Below are images of the final 2 bedrooms after they were complete and staged to sell. As you can see from the images above, all of the rooms had cream walls and exposed concrete floors when we purchased the home.

The Bathrooms

This house had one master bathroom and one set of Jack and Jill bathrooms (two separate bathrooms sharing one tub and shower). We chose to move forward with only cosmetic updates in the master bathroom.

What we updated:

  • Removed the old mirror and medicine cabinet
  • Textured and painted the walls
  • Painted the sink cabinet and installed new hardware

On the other hand, we completely gutted the other bathrooms that were completely….yellow. (Yellow toilets, yellow seashell sinks, yellow vinyl flooring and a big yellow tub!)

Here’s a closer look at the shower tub. I just LOVE the tile work.

I have a million more things to share about renovating an old home. Send along any questions that you have and I’ll try to answer them in future posts!

Have you ever attempted to fix (and flip) a home?

we sold our fixer upper




  1. Taryn says:

    Amazing transformation!!!

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