Prepping a house to sell is so much work!

We spent a few solid weeks prepping our house to list on the market. We ate, slept, and breathed house prep. I felt like a walking zombie most days.

Here’s a fun video I created showing all the outside prep we had to do before our house sold:

If you can’t view this video, click here to see it.

I have been really into making little videos lately to accommodate my blog posts, I hope you like them as much as I have! Here is my HOH channel if you’d like to view all my videos.

As you noticed in the video, we painted the outside of the house, powerwashed the driveway, and had a new roof put on!

We hired our awesome handyman neighbor to come paint the house. He started by taping off all the windows and deck…

And then went to town with his paint sprayer. It was mesmerizing to watch.

We rented a power washer from the local tool rental place and spent two full days powerwashing everything in sight. Nothing was off limits (though I didn’t take pictures of most of it. Doh!)

We gave the driveway and the back deck a thorough washing and they both were looking pretty fly afterward.

The biggest thing we did to sell our house was have the entire roof replaced. Fortunately our insurance paid for it, but it was still pretty stressful to manage that on top of everything else!

We also hired a septic company to come out and pump out and assess the septic system. Fortunately the tank was in great condition and no other work was needed. Whew!

Pumping out a septic tank is a shitty job; fortunately someone else did it for me!

In addition to all the outside work that had to be completed, we also sent loads and loads of trash to the dump. Bribing the garbage men with cash and soda may or may not have ensured they took all our trash week after week. 😉

I was the worst photo taker during these several weeks, so I don’t have many pictures to show what all we did in the house, but I did manage to scrounge this one up from my phone… I learned how to replace broken glass, and we also had several window sills replaced and painted.

On top of all the throwing away and hauling off to the local donation place, we also sold and sold, and sold some more. We sold so much stuff on Craigslist, and even more on Facebook and to family and friends.

We moved using a POD storage container, so we pretty much sold most furniture we owned, and probably purged at least half our other belongings. It will be fun to shop for new stuff now for the new house!

I made a cool video on our other youtube channel showing how PODS drops off and picks up their storage containers. It was the coolest thing, and I geeked out so much over it that I grabbed the camera and started filming. I’m an amateur videographer so try not to get too dizzy watching it. haha.

If you can’t view this video, watch it here.

Only two more days until we close on the new house and then I can show you all the pictures!!!!!!!!!!

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Fresh paint in the master bathroom

I painted our master bathroom a year ago, and realized today that I never posted about it here. I wrote a post about it for True Value’s blog (original post here) but never ended up mentioning it here on my blog.

I gave our master bathroom a paint makeover. The small bathroom was previously painted a shade of salmon, an orangy redish color:

Paint is such a personal decision, and there are no wrong paint colors! The rule is, if you love it, and you love living in the space, then the color is perfect for YOU. I’ll admit though, I am not keen on this salmon color, so it had to go!

Because the room is so small, I knew I wanted a paint color that would brighten and enlarge the room. Obviously it isn’t going to physically make the room larger, but it will give the illusion that the space is bigger than it is.

I chose a very neutral light beige that brightens any room it touches. I’ve been using this color all over my entire house. It’s just a great neutral color that will compliment any accessories you decorate with. The color is called Stucco from Sherwin Williams.

Less than a day later, I have a brand-new bathroom! Or, at least it feels like a brand-new bathroom.

Choosing a light neutral color lightened, brightened, and widened the entire room. When we bought the house we thought we’d have to gut the whole room and start over, but just by changing out something as simple as paint color, we feel like we are living in a brand-new house.

I am no stranger to painting, and I tend to inadvertently purchase homes that have dark overwhelming colors (the worse the paint colors, the better the deal it seems). Painting rooms to lighten and brighten them has become a necessary past-time of mine. Check out these other rooms I’ve painted in an effort to make them feel bigger and more airy:

The dining room in our old house was purple and gold faux. I added a chair rail and a rich shade of gray and turned this eyesore into a stunner that opened up the room.

This guest bathroom was a goldish orange color. With a little paint and some bright accessories the room went from feeling like a dungeon to open and spacious, fit for any guest.

By adding some chair rail, box and window moulding, and a light neutral gray, this formal living room went from a depressing place we tried to avoid to one of our favorite rooms in the house.

You can transform the look and feel of an entire room simply by changing the paint color. Rich neutrals in lighter shades will really open up a small space and make it feel larger and more inviting.

Here are even more current pictures of the bathroom!


PS I have a brand new post up on True Value’s blog. I did a little makeover on our guest bathroom involving beadboard! Yummy!

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Another game room french doors post

I know you have just been on pins and needles waiting to see what color I painted the game room doors. When I last left off, I was debating whether to paint the french doors or stain them.

Here’s that post if you’d like to see the process of installing the doors and then me hemming and hawing over what color to paint them.

If you guessed “paint them black” then you win a cookie. I really love the look of stained french glass panel doors, but I just couldn’t commit. I felt like they would compete too much with the wood floor, and they would look out of place in our style of house.

But boy they look good black. I am smitten. I have been obsessed with black doors for years, and I doubt the obsession will end any time soon.

The game room is at the end of the hall, on the right. Here’s a good view of the hall as you are walking down it. You can’t see the doors at all until you reach the end of the hall. The door you are looking at here is a bathroom.

Can you believe I still have that gumball machine? It is one of the very first posts I ever made here at House of Hepworths. We’ve had it 5 years now and I still love it as much as the day I bought it. We don’t keep gum in it though; I always stock it with peanut M&Ms (gum gets everywhere, especially when you add kids to the equation, and peanut M&Ms are less tempting to me so I won’t snack on them. Peanut butter M&Ms would be a different story though…).

Here are the french doors when they are completely open. The door on the right only opens 90 degrees, but the door on the left opens all the way.

We went with the same style of doorknob as the rest of the house, but I used two dummy/false knobs per door instead of a real doorknob set. The knobs don’t turn, they are just there to push or pull the door open.

The next two pictures are the french doors closed from inside the game room. Just overlook the half-painted walls.

And two more pictures of the doors open.


Sometimes we will only open one door and leave the other one closed. I’m not really sure why we even do that. Probably just because we are being lazy. In fact, this picture and explanation could have been completely omitted from the post, but I already uploaded it so consider it a random bonus.

And of course some before and afters! I seriously seriously cannot believe I am looking at the same room.


We still have so much more work to do to this house, but just looking at before and after pictures reminds me how far we’ve already come. My builder really second-guessed my decision to put in french doors here, but I insisted he do it. I guess now I owe him a big ol’ “I told ya so!” lol

In case you are wondering why we swapped out this door, it was two-fold. For starters, this end of the hall has zero natural light. I knew by adding glass-panel doors it would bring light into the hall from the big windows in the game room. And secondly, this room is a bonus room. There is no closet so it isn’t considered a bedroom. However, with the single door it sure felt like a bedroom. We wanted to distinguish it as a game room/den/bonus room/media room, as opposed to some weird mother-in-law suite at the end of the hall. Adding glass panel french doors completely changed the feel of the room from the hall and from inside the room and made the rooms at the end of the hall feel more like a natural part of the house instead of some random addition (which it isn’t).

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