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Toledo Flip House Reveal | Before & After Tour

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Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by lindseymahoney

Before and after tour of the Toledo flip house transformation! | Building Bluebird #hgtv #bathroomrenovation #homerenovation

The Toledo flip house is COMPLETE and sold to its new owners! I am so proud that we successfully and profitably flipped our first home. Let’s get started on the tour!

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

To learn more about the Toledo Flip house process, check out our post where I share our renovation plans!

Toledo Flip House Tour

Before we check out all of the beautiful cosmetic updates, I wanted to highlight the mechanical and structural elements that we updated in this home.

Outside, we scraped the entire roof and installed a new one along with brand-new gutters.

Inside, we moved the HVAC system from a crawl space in the garage to a more accessible location in the closet under the stairs.

Another electrical panel was installed to power all of the upgrades like new appliances and lighting.

Exterior Renovation

The flip house before we completed any renovations

The exterior of this home has so much charm but it needed a little love. The roof was old and weathered, the paint was chipping and the plants were completely overgrown.

And here is the exterior after!

We installed a new roof and gutters, cleaned out all of the flower beds, installed a welcoming (and more efficient) front door, and gave it all a fresh new coat of paint.

The two big projects that I originally planned were replacing the driveway and adding more landscaping.

I did not factor in the weather so I really just cleaned up the beds by pulling weeds, trimming the holly bush, and adding mulch.

I contacted multiple pavers and they were not repaving driveways for another month or so. We gave the new owners a clean exterior and a blank slate for the flower beds.

Living Room

Before photo with old carpet and pink wallpaper

Here is the living room before renovations. It had lots of smoke damage, the carpet was dirty and the wallpaper needed to come down.

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

And here is the living room after!

It is so crisp and clean with neutral paint colors throughout. I chose a beautiful light gray color for the walls from Sherwin Williams called Eider White. A perfect blank slate for new homeowners.

When we originally walked through the house, we thought there was hardwood under the carpet!

There was hardwood in the dining room and in all of the closets, so naturally, we thought it went through the rest of the house – WRONG!

We installed vinyl plank floors and painted the entire room.

It wasn’t our original plan, but we ended up choosing a great laminate plank flooring option from Home Depot. We also opened up the walkways into the kitchen and dining room to create an open-concept design.

We spent weeks removing all of the wallpaper, fixing all of the cracks in the walls, and priming for the paint.

Because the previous owner was a smoker, the walls were yellow, and had to have an oil-based primer over everything to prevent the yellow stain from bleeding through the paint. I chose Eider White for the walls and carried it throughout the majority of the home.

We kept the original windows and the French doors, however, I removed the grid from the French doors to give the space a more modern feel.

Dining Room

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

When we bought this house, the kitchen was in the center of the home. We ended up swapping the kitchen and dining room to improve the layout.

Here is the dining room after!

In the new dining area, we added shiplap to the back wall for visual interest and a pendant light for the table.

This house is smaller and I felt this dining nook was the perfect size for the family that would live here.


Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

Here is the original kitchen before renovations.

It was SUPER tiny with no workspace or modern amenities, like a dishwasher. We decided to open the wall from the kitchen to the dining room and swap the rooms.

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour
Original kitchen looking into the dining room
Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour
Original dining room looking to the front of the house

And here is the kitchen after! This new layout makes so much more sense.

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

The new kitchen has the perfect triangle layout for maximum efficiency.

It has plenty of storage, stainless steel appliances, and stylish details that keep with the style of this older home. It took some time to finally figure out the best kitchen layout, but I think we nailed it.

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

You can see both doorways have been opened up to give the home a more open concept feel while still having clear, designated spaces.

We kept the original pantry (Chris loves a good pantry!) but cut the size in half so that the opening into the living room could be larger.

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

Laundry Room

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

The original laundry room was uninspiring and dirty. The exit to the backyard is also located in the laundry room. I knew I wanted to make this space beautiful and really wow potential buyers.

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

Here is the laundry room after the renovations! The new laundry room is clean, crisp, and most important – it is functional!

Originally, the water heater was open in the laundry room, so we enclosed it in a closet and installed a louvered door for air ventilation.

Across from the washer and dryer, I added a mudroom feature with a bench and hooks. For a fun element of surprise, I added this whimsical Hygge and West wallpaper. Finally, I added a closet to store laundry baskets and hang clothes.

First Floor Bathroom

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

Here is the first-floor bathroom from when we first purchased the home. The vintage blue bathroom had so much charm but was really dirty and covered in smoke.

And here is the first-floor bathroom after a little elbow grease!

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

Not much was needed in this 1950s bathroom to make it a showstopper again. I repaired any cracks in the wall and painted them a crisp white to compliment the blue tiles.

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

We bought a new sink because the other one no longer functioned and scrubbed the tiles clean! I am a true believer that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

I love that I was able to restore an original piece of this home.

First Floor Bedroom/Office

Before. the first floor bedroom was filthy from smoke and the blue wallpaper and dirty carpet had to go.

The first-floor bedroom was filthy from smoke. The blue wallpaper and dirty carpet had to go.

And here is the office when we listed it! Fresh paint, new floors, and a new ceiling fan give this room the update it needed.

Upstairs Bathroom

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

This is one of my favorite transformations in the home. The second-floor bathroom had a bazaar layout with an angled ceiling and the shower was leaking.

And here is the bathroom after!

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

We created a beautiful and spacious walk-in shower in the back of the room to allow for a larger vanity. I kept the design classic to fit in with the original features of the house and it came out beautiful.

I used period-appropriate tiles with the hexagon white tile on the floor and subway tile in the shower to blend seamlessly with the rest of the home.

Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams is the earthy green paint color on the walls and it really makes this bathroom feel special. The bathroom is timeless while also offering homebuyers all of the modern amenities preferred today.

Upstairs Bedroom #1

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

Before, the walls were cracked and dirty, the carpet was old and the ceiling fan was dated.

And here is that first bedroom after the renovation!

We updated the walls, carpet, and ceiling fan. I also had appropriate HVAC ducting installed in the ceiling for maximum comfort.

Upstairs Bedroom #2

Toledo flip house before and after makeover | Tour

The second bedroom looked very similar to the first.

We made all of the same updates to this second bedroom with the paint, floors, ceiling fan, and HVAC vents.


Before, the backyard was overgrown.

The backyard was completely overgrown with weeds and trees.

And here is the backyard after renovations.

We created a blank slate for the new homeowners that is full of potential! We removed 6 trees and pulled out the overgrown weeds.

I would have loved to have built a deck on the back of the house and installed a new fence but we couldn’t make it work with our budget.

I loved restoring this home to its original beauty while making it functional for modern families today. Thank you for taking the tour of our first Toledo flip house!

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Karen Badzik

Friday 15th of January 2021

WOW!!!! You guys did such an amazing job! All of your hard work really shows - you really transformed the place into a lovely home ready for a new family! I'm impressed!


Saturday 16th of January 2021

Thank you so much! We put a lot of love into that home and we were so happy to restore a home in one of our favorite Toledo neighborhoods.