HGTV First Look: An 1849 Historic Home Renovated by Cherie Barber for a "Five Day Flip"

Meet expert house flipper Cherie Barber. She and her crack team of contractors have renovation and reselling of houses down to a science. In HGTV's new series Five Day Flip, Cherie restores and beautifies old and distressed homes and gets them back on the market in just five days. Here's a sample from the series premiere.

Meet Cherie Barber

Australia native Cherie Barber flipped her first house at age 22 and has since fine-tuned her skills with more than a decade of experience in renovation and real estate.

Meet Cherie Barber

Cherie seeks out neglected and distressed homes with potential – some of which may have been on the market for weeks or months – and transforms them into sought after properties with loads of curb appeal. 

Meet Cherie Barber

In this project, Cherie and her team completely gut and remodel a kitchen and two baths, add custom touches to other rooms and dress up the exterior.

Meet Cherie Barber

The home's exterior is given a quick but dramatic makeover that's certain to attract buyers and help turn a substantial profit.

Meet Cherie Barber

With well honed renovation expertise, not to mention confidence and energy to spare, Cherie is determined that she and her team can achieve dramatic and hiqh-quality home transformations in just five days. Think she can do it? Watch Five Day Flip (and keep clicking through this gallery) and see for yourself.


This house built in 1849 is actually the oldest home in its historic neighborhood. It's in reasonably good shape but, prior to the renovation, was rather plain, had a few rough edges and was generally lacking in visual appeal.


Red shutters and wooden corbels, a new treatment for the columns and front stairs, flower boxes and and some general sprucing of the exterior up go a long way toward making this an eye-catching property for potential buyers.

Living Room, BEFORE

The living room was in good shape, with attractive hardwood floors, so some simple cosmetic improvements would prove adequate for this space.

Living Room, AFTER

The remodeled living room features new recessed lighting, fresh white paint for the stairs and railing and some smart staging to broaden the appeal for potential buyers.

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Dining Room, BEFORE

Like the living area, the dining room had well maintained hardwood floors and was generally in good shape, but it was in need of fresh paint and some updated lighting and window treatments.

Dining Room, AFTER

Soft gray-green wall paint offset by white trim and updated lighting make for a dramatic difference in the updated dining room.

Kitchen, BEFORE

Prior to the renovation, the kitchen had outdated appliances and linoleum flooring covering original hardwood floors.

Kitchen, AFTER

New appliances, lighting and cabinetry, along with a well selected color palette and newly revived hardwood floors, make the kitchen a showplace.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

The master bedroom was spacious, but the wood flooring was in rough shape.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Second Bedroom, BEFORE

Second Bedroom, AFTER

The exposed brick of an existing chimney, discovered during the renovation, becomes a highlight feature in the guest bedroom.

Downstairs Bath, BEFORE

The downstairs bath, just off the kitchen, had dated tile floors and shower, and was painted in a rather intense neon blue.

Downstairs Bath, AFTER

A more subdued choice of wall color, gray slate floor tiles, and a reworked shower with subway tile and glass doors add up to an impressive bathroom transformation. 

Fashionably Accessorized

With work gloves donned and tool belt at the ready, Cherie is ready and eager to take on her next Five Day Flip.

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