White Out

Man… white out is some good stuff isn’t it?!  I have a strict policy of only writing with one pen in my calendar that I use for work.  I keep a separate weekly calendar on paper than I can scratch around on, but my leather bound calendar must stay cleaning looking.  Then somebody thinks it’s a good idea to reschedule something and I need white out… at least it keeps things looking fairly clean.

Anyways, this post has nothing to do with white out.  It’s actually about some major progress we’ve made at the Etheridge house, which is one of our investment properties.  We kind of did a “white out” over there.  We recently bought a paint sprayer and decided to paint everything in the bedrooms white- trim, walls, and ceilings.  That meant not cutting in or taping.  The prep work took a little longer but J.C. got the rooms painted in like 15 minutes.  Have you ever painted a room (trim and all) in 15 minutes with a roller and a brush?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.

He also taped off the doors and windows and a few of the kitchen appliances and primed the whole living area- dining, living, and kitchen.  He used Kilz and has done one coat so far.  Everything will need another coat of Kilz and then white paint on everything but the walls.  There actually isn’t that much wall space in those rooms (surprisingly enough) so we will just roll those really quickly.  Here are some before and afters…

Remember when the living room looked like this?  Nasty carpet, curvy trim, dark and shiny wood everywhere, and a dingy fireplace…


Now it looks a little more like this…

etheridge LR primer 2 copy

Yeah and that’s just one coat of Kilz.  Another coat of that stuff and some paint and this place will be looking brand spanking new.  And no, that’s not yellow paint on the beam… it’s the lighting casting a yellow tint.  Here’s a before shot of the kitchen, border and all…


And now…

etheridge kitchen primer copy

Doesn’t it look so much better already?!  The countertops have a little wear and tear on them but we don’t feel like forking out the money to replace them completely so we are going to go over them with concrete.  I’ve seen plenty of bloggers do it, like Young House Love and Little Green Notebook, and they turned out great.  The proof is in the pudding (click on photos for direct links to the sites)…

young house love  countertops2

LGN laundry before

LGN laundry after

I’ve ordered the supplies off of Amazon and I’m just waiting for them to arrive.

Here are some photos of two of the four bedrooms.  The colors before were a bit loud and the walls had some repair work that needed to be done so each rooms is getting new paint.  The before…


And get your sunglasses out for the after, it’s bright…

etheridge bedroombuilt-ins copy

And it’s sad but true… this ombre wall with a modern take on a border had to go.  I know you are devastated.


Yes, this is actually the same room.  Believe it!

etheridge bedroom copy

And here’s the other side…

etheridge bedroom 2 copy

Aren’t things really taking shape?  Our goal is to have this house finished and rented before July 17th, which is when our little guy is set to arrive.  It will be one less thing on our plates and one more thing in our pockets… money.  Money = diapers, wipes, food, college fund, etc., etc., etc.

So, do you think you could handle the pressure of flipping a house?  It’s not for the faint of heart, I promise.  We’ve said that if we didn’t have day jobs, we’d be the best house flippers around.  Think Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV show Fixer Upper.  Yeah, we’d be those awesome guys.  Ok, maybe not but that’s what I’d like to think 🙂


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