#MonroeFamilyFlip Before and After ( + a Minted giveaway!)

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for a while, you know all about #MonroeFamilyFlip– but if you don’t, I’ll take a moment to explain. After inheriting a home last summer, my mother, brother and I decided that the home needed a major update. Thankfully, the home was in great shape structurally, so all of our updates were strictly cosmetic and updating the plumbing and electrical work.

We’ve been working on this home for about year and it’s been SUCH a journey. There have been many ups and downs and exciting moments (and quite a few breakdowns in between) but overall, flipping this home has been such a learning experience for all of us. I wrote more about my inspiration behind the home and what I learned over at Domino, where the home was featured!!

I really want to thank everyone who’s been following this journey since the beginning. You have no idea how much I appreciate everyone who’s commented, asked about the progress or given me a pat on the back with this huge project!!! I wanted to share a few more before and after photos of the home with you, and I wanted to give you guys a chance to enter an AWESOME giveaway- I’ve teamed up with Minted to do so!

Selecting the Right Prints for the Home:

When selecting the prints for the home, I wanted pieces that would tie the room together and give a sense of completion.

minted print

For the kitchen, seen above, it was important to me to transform the room into a light and airy space. Adding this large-format print (‘Sundown’ by Lindsay Megahed) really made a statement in the kitchen. The print worked perfectly with the light grey of the walls, and was able to blend in yet stand out all at once.

minted print bedroom

For one of the bedrooms, I wanted to create a gender neutral environment. Gender neutral designs are great (at least I think so) when sharing a space with someone of the opposite sex. These prints (‘Reaction‘ and ‘Embrace‘ both by R Studio) worked really well as a diptych above the headboard and were a great alternative to the empty space.

minted print office

There are three bedrooms in the home, and so I decided to outfit the smallest bedroom into an office. I wanted to create a work space with an inspiration board and mix industrial elements with rustic pieces. For the office space, I chose a smaller print, one that would feature a good message for a work environment. (‘Nice Work’ by Heather Francisco)

Kitchen Before and After:

This room is by far my favorite transformation. As you can see, the orange and brown color palette wasn’t doing ANY favors to the design of the kitchen. My thought process for the kitchen’s design was to open it up as much as possible using a color palette of white, light gray and brushed nickel/stainless steel hardware, fixtures and appliances. I wanted to incorporate a white subway tile backsplash to reflect light from the sliding door across the room, resulting in a brighter space.

First, we needed to remove the wallpaper. The dreadful wallpaper was really hard to get off since it had been there for such a long time. Once we removed all of the wallpaper, we realized that the walls matched the rest of the home- outdated bumpy plaster walls that actually created shadows, making the walls look dingy. This was actually the very first project we started with a contractor- replastering ALL of the interior walls, which was SO worth it.

#MonroeFamilyFlip kitchen before

After the walls in the kitchen were replastered, we started painting. I chose a light gray (‘Eco Gray’ by Pittsburgh Paints). Next, we cleaned, buffed and painted the cabinetry with a white paint made for cabinets. We decided to refinish the cabinetry instead of buying new cabinets to save money. Overall, I think they came out very well and I would recommend doing cabinets this way if you want to save costs.

#MonroeFamilyFlip kitchen before

#MonroeFamilyFlip kitchen after

#MonroeFamilyFlip kitchen after

kitchen after 2

Total Kitchen Renovations:
Removal of wallpaper, deep clean of the walls
• Replastered walls
• All new interior paint
• Refinished cabinetry
• Updated plumbing, lighting and electrical work
• New flooring and trim
• New fixtures, sink, hardware and countertop
• New stainless steel appliances

Living Room Before and After:

Before, the living room had the same bumpy plastered walls, and dark brown carpeting. In this before picture, we had one lamp on, which casted a yellowish glow, making the room look dark and dingy. The carpet under the entertainment center was a reflection is what remained after we started taking everything apart.

#MonroeFamilyFlip living room before and after

#MonroeFamilyFlip living room after

#MonroeFamilyFlip living room after

#MonroeFamilyFlip living room after

Now, the living room is bright and welcoming.

Total Living Room Renovations:
• Replastered Walls + interior paint
• New flooring and trim

 Bathroom Before and After:

My second favorite before and after of the renovation! The bathroom before was crowded, brown and dark, and needed some TLC. There was a mix of painted, unfinished and wallpapered textures on the walls, and the cabinetry before made the already small space even more crowded.

I knew that because this was the only bathroom in the house, I needed to be able to fit a shower, toilet and sink. The problem was that the bathroom was so small to begin with, so I wanted to open it up with a light color palette and take up as little space as possible. The subway tile shower (we added a clear glass shower door, not pictured) was the best option- it allowed light to reflect throughout the room and made such a beautiful statement.

#MonroeFamilyFlip bathroom before and after

Total Bathroom Renovations:
• Complete gut
• New custom tiled shower with clear glass shower door
• New tiled flooring
• New bathroom fixtures, sink and toilet
• Replastered walls and interior paint
• Updated plumbing and electrical
• Added ceiling vent to circulate air and prevent mold

Bedrooms Before and After:

All bedrooms looked the same- beige carpeting (in the before picture below, we had already ripped it out) bumpy plastered walls and just overall outdated looking.

#MonroeFamilyFlip bedroom before and after

Total Bedroom Renovations:
• New flooring and trim
• New replastered walls and interior paint
• New interior doors
• Updated lighting fixtures and electrical work

There were also a few other renovations we did to the home that aren’t pictured, mostly minor stuff like cleaning and repainting the basement, adding door knobs and other elements like that. You can read about we updated the curb appeal of the home here.

Minted Giveaway

Of course, there are simple ways to give you home or a room in your home an update. Besides painting, you could also choose beautiful prints that pair perfectly with your redesign.

I’ve partnered with Minted to give ONE lucky reader a $250 gift card!! Minted offers a range of items, from beautiful art work by independent artists all over the nation, to fabrics, stationary and party decor.

You can enter the giveaway using the widget below. By leaving a comment on this post, you are automatically entered into this giveaway, however, there’s more that one way to enter! You can enter more than once by following each of the entry’s instructions.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Monday, Oct. 5th. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 6th. I will contact the winner by email to get the ball rolling on receiving their prize! Good Luck!

* UPDATE: Congratulations to Lindsey Hightower on winning the giveaway!! *

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All prints (excluding the bar cart print) were courtesy of Minted. All opinions are my own.

Huge thank you to Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design from Iowa City, Iowa for staging the home!

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  • Stephanie d

    Everything turned out so beautiful. That print in the kitchen paired with the sunflowers is just perfect!! Bravo!!

  • Edwin Steinke

    Sign me up

  • Kacey

    I’m a huge fan of you Cassandra!!!

  • Catherine banda

    You did an awesome Cassie!!!

  • Jordan Troublefield

    So gorgeous!! Love how clean everything is with the white!
    I would like to redo my den.

  • Antonio

    I need that bar!

  • Amazing Giveaway! I’m crossing my fingers to win! BUT what is even more amazing is what you’ve done with this house!! I loved watching the transformation picture, you made this renovation look so easy!! Great job girl! 🙂

    xo, Sarah

  • Yay!!!! Everything looks fabulous! Congrats on being done!!!!!!

  • Oh my gosh it turned out so beautiful! That kitchen and bathroom make my heart swoon! You also did such an amazing job with all the finishings. The floors are going to make some lucky somebody very happy!! Job well done darling.

  • My living room could use some sprucing up!!

  • Derek

    Love it! You can really see the thought put into it and the transformation is beautiful!

  • Emy dyall

    LOVE it! I would love to spruce up my kitchen and bathrooms. They’re in major need of some TLC!!

  • Emily dyall

    LOVE it! I would love to spruce up my kitchen and bathrooms. They’re in major need of some TLC!!

  • Casey H

    I love kitchen reno’s-would enjoy doing that to our own! They all turned out great!

  • Lacey

    I think what you and your family did was amazing. The finished product looks great, but it was also a time together that will be cherished. You guys put so much love into the home.

  • Hanna

    You have really amazing taste! Your “afters” are beautiful! My bedroom is the saddest looking room in our house- we never get around to actually decorating it, because nobody sees it but us.

  • Jonathan

    Great job! I think at some time everyone’s place needs some sprucing up!

  • Jonathan

    I would love to do a makeover for my nursery!

  • Lindsey h

    Love everything about this!! Such an amazing renovation.

  • Kenny

    Definitely my bedroom!

  • Denise Konkel

    Wow I love the kitchen especially 🙂 I would like to redo ours.

  • Steph hetzler

    Love how fresh it all looks!
    So fresh and so clean, clean!

  • It’s mind blowing how these transformation turned out! You were definitely made to create, transform, and capture. Great work and congrats to you. #hooah

  • Oh my goodness. This turned out marvelous! I honestly wish it was my home! Bathroom and kitchen have stolen my heart!

  • Fran

    Loved the Domino feature! The home looks amazing, but I think my favorite part is that you found a local partner to stage everything for the photos!

  • Nicki

    Those before & after pics are impressive. I want to do my bathroom. It definitely needs an update.

  • Lindsay A

    I would love to redo my living room!

  • Lindsay A

    I would love to redo my living room! It’s been a long time since we have replaced the furniture and it hasn’t been updated since we moved.

  • Your house is looking amazing Cassandra!!! I’d love to redo our kitchen!!!! Kudos to you!!!!

  • Michele

    I’d want to makeover my living room. I spend the most time there and it’s so plain right now. Could definitely use a little pick me up in that room.

  • I would love to make over my bedroom. It is a disaster.

  • Emily yerington

    Love. Love. LOVE your remodel! I’m in the process of building my dream home so I have lots of decorating to do! If I had to pick a room it would be my living room<3

  • Susan

    My kitchen. I would love to make it over!

  • NORA C

    I’d love to redo our bedroom. It needs a more grown up feel since we’ve moved our little one to his own room.

  • Mary A

    Wow! What a beautiful home renovation. I love that you made your flipping dreams come true. I love Minted and would love to buy some Minted art and maybe Holiday cards. Thanks so much!

  • Kat

    Beautiful renovation. Thanks so much for sharing. I loved your article in Domino, too! The Minted art looks great. I would love to redo my bedroom and add new curtains in my living room!

  • Matt

    Would love to redo my living room!

  • Dianne Hall

    My bathroom~thanks

  • Your flip turned out amazing! I just moved into a tiny apartment in the city. Since I’m sharing the space with a roommate, I would definitely plan to decorate and style my room! Needs some work 🙂

  • Elisa gruss

    I’d love to redo the toy room. Thanks!

  • Lea Anna

    Our office could use a spruce up

  • Heather S

    What a gorgeous makeover!
    My living room could use a makeover 🙂

  • What an amazing transformation!

  • Rachel sweeney

    Oh wow, what an awesome giveaway. I’ve already bought a ton of art from Minted, but this is our first house and we have a ton of rooms left to do! I’d love a piece or oversized art for our new master bedroom (maybe something soothing before our first baby comes next month!). Here’s hoping!…

  • Shannon

    Our poor pathetic master bedroom!

  • Love love love how you transformed your home! Such beautiful decor and pretty accents.

  • Mary B

    I love the renovation, you did a beautiful job! I would love to add Minted art or Minted curtains/pillows to the first baby’s nursery. I still have a long way to go, but Minted pieces would be the centerpiece of the room. Thanks so much. I love your pieces in The Everygirl!

  • Susan Christy

    I’d like to makeover my bedroom – it’s so boring!

  • Amy Z.

    I love your new living room – beautiful! I’d like to makeover our kitchen, since it’s rather dark-looking and has no particular theme.

  • Stephanie Coldwell

    I would love to make over my bedroom. I think I have my husband convinced to paint our dressers!

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  • sara

    Beautiful! What a beautiful family project.

    Where is the white textured bowl (or candle?) on the cart with the flowers from? And where is the metal lamp on the gray desk featured in The Everygirl from?

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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