Many people enjoy the TV shows about home renovations and flipping properties. Shirley Cannon said she does watch those shows, but they are not really the reason she decided to flip a condo.

Many people enjoy the TV shows about home renovations and flipping properties. Shirley Cannon said she does watch those shows, but they are not really the reason she decided to flip a condo.

Cannon and her late husband, Art, lived in a large home and enjoyed making it comfortable and beautiful –– customized to their liking. After Art passed several years ago, Shirley bought a condo in the Molkrenhaus complex and remodeled it, incorporating several style updates.

Now she is in the middle of a remodeling project on the unit below hers, and it will go on the market in several weeks when the work is complete.

“I’ve wanted to do a project like this for quite some time,” said Cannon.

“It’s been a goal, something I wanted to do.” She said she thought about purchasing a condo to flip in another complex previously, but before she made her move it was sold to someone else.

The unit she is remodeling in Molkrenhaus was on the market for about a year. Cannon said there were “lookers” but it just didn’t sell. “I thought that with the right upgrades it would appeal more to buyers, especially women who look for special features in kitchens and bathrooms,” she said.

Cannon said what she did next was a leap of faith. “I made an offer that was accepted, set my budget and went to work.” Projects include updates to the bathrooms, new countertops and freshened up cupboards in the kitchen - plus a new section of cupboards for more storage and counter area and new flooring in the bathrooms, kitchen, dining and living room.

Cannon is doing a lot of the work herself, like painting the cupboards and replacing hardware. She said she’s had help from friends on the heavier work such as pulling up carpet and removing toilets. She’s hired professionals for plumbing, electrical and carpentry work when necessary.

“I’m having fun,” said Cannon. “I would do it again.”