These TikTokers DIY Renovated Their Fixer Upper in Five Months

published Aug 1, 2023

These TikTokers DIY Renovated Their Fixer Upper in Five Months

published Aug 1, 2023
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Two years ago, Angelina Murphy and Skyler Johnson were living with her mom, and were on the hunt for a home to call their own. On a pretty tight budget, they were specifically looking for a house they could fix up on their own to save money. Mixing Johnson’s background in contracting with Murphy’s willingness to learn, they decided to purchase this 1121-square-feet, two-bedroom house in Los Angeles. 

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“This house was definitely a fixer upper that needed a lot of work — but there were so many irreplaceable parts of this house,” Murphy begins. “This house is on the most beautiful tree-lined street we’ve ever seen in the perfect neighborhood for us. It was built in 1950 and we loved the vintage charm: the original milk door, the plant window, the built-in bookcase, the spacious backyard. We immediately saw all of the potential and fell in love.” 

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"Because we DIYed our house essentially the two of us, there were so many challenges along the way, especially when we felt pressured to finish our project as quickly as possible so we could finally move in," Murphy begins.

The couple didn’t kid themselves; they knew a renovation would cost a lot of money, but because they planned on doing the labor themselves, they knew they’d be able to afford the project. “Because Skyler’s business came close to a halt during the pandemic and I was working reduced hours from home, we both had a lot of spare time to dedicate toward renovation,” Murphy explains. 

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"We are so proud of our entire home, but our kitchen is definitely our proudest project. Because of the condition the cabinets were in, we had no choice but to demo and start over," Murphy explains.

“It took five months of late evenings and weekends before we finally moved in! We documented the entire process of renovation on our TikTok and our very first video went viral with millions of views. The internet cheering us on, giving us tips, and asking for updates definitely kept us accountable and helped us stay motivated because it was exceptionally exhausting doing demolition, sanding, framing, painting, and more nearly every day. But in the end, it made this even more special because our hands helped turn our house into a home.” 

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"Don’t be afraid of adding color! Other than our kitchen cabinets, we started with all white everything. We needed that blank slate, but as time went on, we added more and more pops of color that brought so much life and fun into our home," Murphy advises.

While the couple has made an astounding amount of progress on the home, the work’s never fully finished. But you can follow along with their continuing updates on their TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube accounts

Resources

PAINT & COLORS

LIVING ROOM

DINING ROOM

KITCHEN

  • 2-slice SMEG toaster — Williams-Sonoma
  • JiffDiff floral peel-and-stick wallpaper (laundry area) — Amazon
  • Radio — Thrifted

OFFICE

  • Rainbow track wallpaper — Hovia (video on installing it here)
  • Ivy cat tree — MAU
  • Desk — Thrifted
  • Chair — Thrifted
  • Poster — Thrifted
  • Radio — Vintage
  • Art — DIY

BEDROOM

  • Shueyville area rug — Boutique Rugs
  • Ajax ladder bookcase — Wayfair
  • Dedrie solid wood bed — Wayfair
  • Regan nightstand — Urban Outfitters (no longer available)
  • Alton cherry dresser — Living Spaces
  • Olive stripe linen duvet cover — Bed Threads
  • Vanity — Thrifted
  • Artwork — Thrifted

Thanks, Angelina and Skyler!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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