Here We Go!

The 10-day waiting period passed, and we were the high bidder! On Wednesday of this past week, we took possession of a cute two-bedroom, one-bath “cottage” duplex in the Five-Points area of Raleigh.

As you see on TV, we didn’t receive keys when we won the auction. We had to break into our own property. Before resorting to drilling through the door knob, I pulled out my Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance ID card. It was just sturdy enough but flimsy enough to open the door. It was almost too easy! (Sadly though, that ID card was the best thing to come out of Blue Cross.)


The property has been neglected for at least a couple of years, but luckily, most of the exterior is in fine shape (thanks to the HOA).

Over the past couple of days, we’ve cleaned up and assessed what needs to be done. Very little demo and very little that we can’t do ourselves. The Carrier air condition and gas heat are in excellent condition. The hardwoods (we believe) are original, and they’re beautiful.

As you follow this flip, we’ll feature lots of before and after photos. New appliances (of course), all new paint in the latest color palette from Sherwin Williams (we adore Ty on Wake Forest Road), all new lights, and an upgraded back patio area. We’ll feature unique how-to projects you can incorporate into your own home. Here are a few:

  • What’s the right tile for the kitchen to pull in the existing granite color paired with our new cabinet and wall colors? We love the mosaic tile we found at Lowes on Capital Boulevard. It really has that WOW factor too.
  • We love using reclaimed barn wood. We’ll create a feature wall in the living room, and we’ll add new barn-wood sliders for the closets in each bedroom.
  • And, you’ll never guess how we transform an ugly fuse box.

Stay tuned for step-by-step photos and videos of each project along with where to buy the materials. If we can do it, you can too!


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