Tarek El Moussa hasn't just been working on renovating homes for the latest, drama-riddled season of Flip Or Flop. Since finalizing his divorce from co-star Christina El Moussa, he's been working on his own major reno, customizing every detail of the Costa Mesa house he bought back in March.
In a series of posts to his Instagram Stories, Tarek showed a sneak peek of what he's been doing to the place. He's wallpapered the entire bathroom — "Looks like a hotel! How cool is that?" he says in the video, as he pans the room with his cell phone — and the master bedroom, choosing dark gray, textured wallpaper to add drama to the otherwise airy, bright white space. Just check out those ceilings:
Though the wallpaper is dark and moody, it catches the light and glimmers just a little, keeping the space from feeling cave-like.
It's been a serious undertaking, as Tarek has done everything from stain the floors — twice, since the first time they didn't match the barn door he'd installed — to having a showstopping, 7-foot-tall, wrought-iron chandelier custom-made for the space. "Look at the size of this thing," he marvels, taking us into the garage (where the massive light is currently stored). There, he also installed sleek, matte gray cabinets and redid the floors.
Those details are underscored when you realize he wasn't even looking for a house when he bought the place.
"I was randomly driving down a street and saw this place, and I knew it was the one! Within hours I was writing an offer and negotiating the deal ... the lesson ... if you want something go get it, go after it and never quit!" he wrote in a March 16 Instagram post, when he first shared the news about his new place.
The photo slideshow Tarek posted give a greater glimpse into the space (pre-Tarek's upgrades, of course), which show the living room's massive glass doors that open directly to the pool — much like the old in Yorba Linda, CA, which Christina recently sold.
"Babies finally get a home with daddy!!!" he posted that day.
Stay tuned to for more peeks at his new place.
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