'Flip or Flop' is Here to Horrify You Into Spring Cleaning
These awesomely bad "befores" from Flip or Flop and its Vegas and Atlanta spin-offs will have you running for disinfectant and trash bags. (Don't worry, we'll show you the "afters," too.)
Some chores (looking at you, sweeping and mopping) are both important and awfully underwhelming. Though you know you've put elbow grease into cleaning house, your finished space ... kind of looks the way it did before you started. Such is emphatically not the case with the most notorious Flip or Flop makeovers, which seem to involve dumpsters, power washers and exorcists. Consider these Flip or Flop classics — and their brand-new, equally-hair-raising counterparts in Vegas and Atlanta — motivation to keep things squeaky-clean wherever you are.
This master bedroom in La Mirada, Calif., has it all: grungy tile, random garbage, broken furniture and a busted window. A little paint and carpet (and a lot of cleaning supplies) make it fit for human habitation once more.
We Didn't Start the Fire
What has inexplicable office furniture, a vandalized television and a big, old pile of dirty clothes? A living room in Corona, Calif., where it probably isn't all that safe to light a match, if we're being honest.
Someone's in the Kitchen...
...with everything they own? Even an awkward fireplace and super-low ceiling fan can't draw the eye from the disturbing junk in this California kitchen.
In some cases, small changes can make a big difference — such as when you tow a derelict car out of the backyard. This Vegas property, rehabbed by demo expert (and MMA fighter) Bristol Marunde and his design-minded wife, Aubrey, is on its way to greatness once it loses its Grand Theft Auto look.
It's Not Easy Being Green
Speaking of Vegas yards, at least the lawn in this one is lush and — wait, that's a swimming pool? We must never speak of this again.
More is More
Who knew "grimy minimalism" was a thing? Filth is more than this dilapidated living room's defining feature — it's its sole feature. Thank goodness for staging (and, you know, windows).
Now We're Cooking
Skanky detritus and dented folding chairs were a big trend in kitchens, to be sure, but this Marietta space benefits more than a little from new cabinetry, appliances and fixtures. Ken and Anita Corsini, rehabbers who flip more than 100 houses in the Atlanta metro area each year, have their work cut out for them, here.
The first rule of rehabbing a bathroom that lacks a toilet: Make someone else clean the tub. (And what happened to that plunger? We don't even want to know.)