• Kelli Bastin

Fix and Flip: Historical Charmer in Morristown, Indiana

Friends! I am just wrapping up one of THE MOST fun experiences I've had in real estate to date. My first fixer upper just went on the market today!


Long story short, I found an awesome investment partner back in January (Hey, Terry!) and my contribution was to bring the design skills. (Not talking architectural design, I have none of those skills, you see) but I would like to think I have a decent eye for interior design and choosing a lovely combination finishes- plus perusing Pinterest for hours (with a glass of wine) is a specialty of mine, so you could say I come highly qualified.


We hired out the work for this project, and I was in charge of ordering all the design finishes: lighting, appliances, counter tops, hardware etc. Choosing paint, flooring and BRINGING THE VISION! I think having a vision for a space is one the hardest aspects when you take on a huge project like this, so if you're planning on doing a flip, enter into it with an open mind and lots of backup plans. Things will not go the way you expected them to!


Below I'll be sharing some before and afters, my design selections with links (feel free to pin anything to save it for later) a sweet story about the home itself.


First, I'll share a few more before and afters. The home had been lovingly taken care of by the same owner since 1950. It was clean and well maintained, but because the home itself was 100 years old, some major updates/renovations were in order. Luckily the roof, windows and HVAC were in good shape so most of what we did was cosmetic, with the exception of leveling out the floors.



Here you can see we replaced the pink carpets and laminate flooring with Oak finish luxury vinyl plank throughout the main floor, switched out the fans and opened up the stair well for a bit more of an open concept.


Originally, we had hoped to open the stairs more than this, but because of support beams this was as far back as we could take the stairs. We kept the original woodwork on the steps themselves, but wrapped the support beams with a smooth maple and gave them an espresso stain, using black iron piping as stair rails.






The existing cabinets were in good enough shape to keep, so we decided to just freshen those up with a coat of paint and new hardware. We subbed out the purple laminate counter top for this beautifully swirled granite.


Other kitchen updates:

  • Removed lower cabinets by skin and added a dishwasher

  • New stainless steel appliance package

  • New Lighting

  • 4x16 white subway tile backsplash, white grout

  • New matte black composite sink, faucet and soap dispenser



Another favorite change we made was knocking out the laundry closet in the kitchen (moving the laundry hookups to the sun room, which then became a laundry/mudroom). We added lower cabinets and some fun open shelving for a coffee (or wine) bar. I love how much this opened up the space and added extra storage.


We took the previous dining room and turned it into a downstairs bedroom. What is now the formal dining room used to be a bedroom so we just moved them around. We added a closet to this room, and added sliding bard doors to both door openings, as well as a fun, modern light fixture.


Moving onto the finish choices- would you guys believe that I ordered ALL the light fixtures from Amazon? I'll link then for you below and I am so happy with them for the price. I can't say what normal shipping will be like because I ordered them right in the middle of the diciest part of COVID-19 so shipping times took a little longer.


Here was the vision board I created using my chosen finishes:

Paint colors I chose:


Paint colors:

Exterior: Behr Starless Night

Interior Trim: Behr Whisper White

Interior Walls: Poetic Light

Kitchen Cabinets: Cabinet PaintBehr Marquee semi-gloss finish(color is Chinchilla Grey by Martha Stewart)


I actually saw this cabinet color in a blog post over at Vintage Meets Glam, check it out if you want to see the cabinet paint color in different lighting. Very neutral, calming and delicate. (Her kitchen makeover is just gorgeous, punchy and full of personality!)


I've linked the light fixtures, bathroom accessories, kitchen faucets for you below, as well as the cabinet hardware, too!


Matte Black Kitchen Faucet

Matte Black Soap Dispenser

Sputnik Chandelier (The Fixture in the downstairs bedroom) (only $59! WOW!)

20 Pack of Black Square cabinet pulls, 4"

3 Light Barnwood Sphere Chandelier (dining room)

5 Light Barnwood Kitchen Pendant (Over the island)

3 Light industrial vanity sconce, matte black

44" Matte Black and wood ceiling fan

Matte Black Towel Ring (bathrooms)

Matte Black Toilet Paper Holder


and VOILA! Here is the finished product:


Lastly, I wanted to share the oh, SO SWEET family of women who used to own this house. This home was purchased by their father in 1950 and was owned by him and their mother until 2018 when their father sadly passed away. The daughters decided to sell in early 2020 and we were the lucky buyers! Tonight they came to to see the remodel on their family home of 68 years and I can't explain the feeling I got watching them go through the house. It was definitely a feel-good showing. I over heard Marla tell Terry that she was so glad we were able to fix it up and make it beautiful again. (All the feels, you guys!) Here they are:


Thank you ladies for your kind words, compliments on the remodel and your wonderful energy! Marla said to be sure and let our future owner know that "this house has always been filled with love, laughter and lots of music." They also told me a sweet story about their dog Patsy (from their childhood) who used to put her paws up on the back door when she wanted in, and you can still see her claw marks to this day. All I have to say is, this house is certainly a special one and whoever gets to claim it as their forever house will be oh, so lucky!


Cheers to you 305 E. Main Street- to the family you've given so many loving memories to, and to the next one that you will!


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