Monday, January 7, 2013

January Before and After!

Hellooooo there! Are you all starting to get back to normal around your parts? My hubs went back to school today for meetings and I have the Bub home one more day…real life starts again tomorrow. I’m a little happy and a little sad about that! I’m so confused. :)

Today we’re kicking off another year of before and afters! I’m keeping these monthly shindigs going because it’s always fun to see what you all have been up to. And I love being able to share some of your awesomeness every month too!

First up from last month’s party is a super smart project Christina did – she needed a runner but could only find a smaller rug (that worked with her colors), so she sewed three together!:

sew rugs together

I LOVE that rug too! It would look pretty awesome in my mud room…

It’s hard to believe by looking at pictures of Linda’s gorgeous floors that they are plywood!:

plywood hardwood floors

Gorgeous!! And for a fraction of the cost of hardwoods!

I loved Lisa’s paint transformation – she shares how she painted this laminate (yes, laminate!) bookcase and made it shine:

painting laminate with chalk paint

Love that dark background too, especially with those white dishes.

Maria found a little nightstand on Craigslist and gave it a fabulous makeover:

two tone stain and paint

So well done, I love that stained wood!

Want a pop of color on the outside of your house? Paint your door a fun color like April!:

light blue front door

Makes me ready for spring! :)

Cheryl did a fantastic job on her daughter’s room redo and I was especially taken with the nightstand:

steel dresser

How cool is that overlay on the front?

And finally, but certainly not least, I loved Cassie’s hallway to mud room transformation:

mudroom hallway

She calls it a mudroom hall and it’s totally functional and fun with that striped door and cool light!

As always, I’m blown away with your projects! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this month!

If you’d like to be considered in the next highlight, please include a link back to me or use this button code in your post:

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Now, link it up -- the linky will be open for a week!


  1. that rug is so smart and that cabinet with the dark background. amazing! thanks for hosting, and happy monday!

  2. Great features. Love the 3 rugs sewn together. Very clever! Thanks for hosting!

  3. Oh my gosh...I love the features this month! So many great ideas! I'll have to stop by and take a look at them. I'm feeling behind. I haven't been up to many projects lately - just growing a new baby. ;) Maybe that can be my before and after. Ha! Hope you're having a great day, Sarah! Enjoy your last day of break!

  4. Awesome inspiration for 2013. :) Thanks for hosting, Sarah...I need to get busy this year. Enjoy your day with your little guy!

  5. Thank you for featuring my rug(s). It was a great way to start the week!

  6. I'm always sad when my son has to go back to school too. I miss him. But I have to admit I get a lot more done when he is gone! :)

  7. Thanks for hosting this awesome party each month, Sarah! Wishing you and your family the best this new year!

  8. Happy 2013 New Year Sarah. Thanks for hosting, always a pleasure to join in.

  9. Thanks for featuring my front door makeover! I stopped over to link up a mantel, and got a very unexpected and happy surprise! THANKS!!!

    -April Hoff

  10. Sarah~Thank you for featuring my floors. It's a huge honor to be featured by the blog that got me started. Thank you so much!! Love reading your blog! Happy New Year! ~Linda

  11. Thanks so much for the great party! Linked up and linked back! Have a great week!
    Claire :)

  12. Loving seeing all the fantastic projects out there!

  13. Beautiful ideas you've shared! Thanks for hosting. :)

  14. Thanks for posting these linkups! They are a great way to get inspiration while advertising our blogs at the same time. Are you going to do the "show us your house" series again this year?

  15. Thanks so much for hosting. Great features.

  16. Love the plywood floors! Very nice! Have a Happy New Year to you and yours Sarah!

  17. Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you have a great 2013 and a great week.

  18. I love the night stand. Thanks for hosting. I linked up my new mudroom (which happened thanks to you and you talking about adding one as well.)

  19. Thank you so much for featuring my daughter's dresser! You made my day, and my daughter is so proud to have her room featured on your blog.

  20. Thanks for the party! Cassie's mudroom hall has totally lit a fire under my arse - gotta get on that - stat! ;) Happy New Year!!

  21. Thanks for featuring my laminate bookcase!! I enjoyed meeting you at Haven and look forward to it again this year! Happy New Year!

  22. I got a lot of inspiration looking at these pictures! I LOVE the steel dresser and the door!!

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  23. Cute stuff! What have I done? Do you mean besides lay on the sofa in yoga pants & a sweatshirt under a electric throw watching Real Housewives & reading trying to get well? Not a thing. I'm hoping that changes soon!


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