Tuesday, January 06, 2009

2008 Before and After

Rhonda at Southern Hospitality is having a before and after party. Great motivation to share some of this year's favorite transformations. If your visiting, welcome! Let me know what you think!

Garage. Basically no shelving and no organization whatsoever. I am sure that you all can relate :) We got a great deal on these cabinets and even at full price they would have been worth the cost! We can actually find things now. Of course, we had to paint...because well, we just had too. It used to be just drywall. Now it's a great teal color. Sorry, but this is the best before pic I could find. More of a 'in process' picture.



Landscaping. I wish I had pics of the huge bushes that came with our house. I guess I hated them so much that I didn't take any. This spring, we pulled them out and planted flowers. Lots of flowers. No bushes. It looks really dead right now, so bushes would be nice in the winter. But now I have flowers blooming 3 season long. I like the trade off. I AM NOT A GARDNER either. But I can water and give them flower food. I can't wait to see how big I can get them this year.Laundry Room. Not so nice. Not even close. With the new washer and dryer, those ugly doors wouldn't close. What's a girl to do? Paint and be creative with the space. This little cabinets cost $50. Add some black paint and some 0.99 knobs..... And you get this.... I LOVE BLACK SPRAY PAINT + I LOVE GOODWILL = lots of trash to treasure. I think this took 15 minutes and cost about $5.00. I printed the 'welcome home' on some scrap booking paper.

Back in the spring, when the boys got their bunk beds, we searched high and low for a matching dresser. The actual matching one wasn't sold locally, so it was going to be about $800! Not something we were willing to pay. We even went to Indianapolis for a whole day and looked at every second-hand, discount and furniture within a 50 mile radius and came back with nothing that remotely matched within our budget. A good friend, who watched our kids that day, mentioned this beast that was saved from the trash a few months prior. It was in her shed in bad shape, but with oh-s0-much potential. It was our first time at refinishing anything and was relatively easy. I actually really enjoy this piece and with the stain and the glaze, it matches their bed perfectly.

I wonder what those people would think of it now....

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9 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Wow~amazing transformations! Thunderous applause coming from Phoenix. Well done.

Rue said...

I can not for the life of me figure out why you haven't gotten more comments! You've done a really great job with everything. I love the yard, the garage looks great and your two projects turned out wonderful :)

rue

Leigh said...

Looks great! I invite you to drop by my place and see my before and after's.

Do it yourselfer said...

inspiring projects...great job. love your laundry nook!

Lamp Tramp said...

I'm in awe of your garage. I must show this to my hubby as this is my dream to have a garage like yours. I'm drooling with envy! How long did this all take? I can only dream....

Your garden is lovely and your other projects are inspiring. Great job!

Heather said...

I totally agree with Rue, where are all your comments? The dresser is an amazing transformation, it looks brand new.

beth at aunties said...

Awesome projects turning your house into a lovely haven and home!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thank you for playing along! What a lot of great projects you have done, love the garage cleanup & the cute board in your LR. I'm having so much fun seeing all of these projects.

sandra/tx said...

You've had some wonderful projects. I especially love your garage redo. Great job!