Monday, December 7, 2015

Fabulous Before and Afters!

Well hello! I hope your weekend was wonderful! Ours was absolutely packed but lovely. I'm back today with the last before and after link up of this year -- it's hard to believe! 

I'm sharing a few favorites from last month first, and as always I was completely impressed by your projects and spaces. I love blogland!

I was SO thrilled Brit linked up her fabulous window seat project -- it is stunning and so well done: 
window seat with bookcases
I watched this progress over time and the reveal did not disappoint (those lights!). I love that they DIYed this project as well! It is a favorite window seat of mine -- you know how I love them!

Farmhouse signage is HUGE right now, especially in kitchens. Katie shared a simple tutorial on how she made her own here
DIY market sign
She had scrap wood for this project but even if you don't it would still be crazy inexpensive -- and it's not hard to do (you just need a printer). The possibilities are endless! 

I LOVE how Jenn took an underutilized nook in their house and created this awesome built in entertainment center
DIY built in entertainment center
Can you believe all the extra storage? Love how it incorporates the TV and it doesn't' stand out as much. 

IKEA has a small nightstand/dresser called the Rast and it has been made over into hundreds if not thousands of different projects over the years -- if you search Rast hack you'll find tons of links. I loved Bre's take on it -- she transformed her dresser into a bar cart:
bar cart rast hack
I the wine storage at the bottom, the handle-turned-towel-holder and that she added wheels so it easily be moved around. Brilliant!

Annie's project shows the power of paint -- she didn't change anything else but the paint and trim color in this room but it feels so much lighter!: 
painting wood trim white

What a beautiful room! I think white trim is one of the biggest and easiest (just time consuming) changes you can make to a space.

And Christina showed the same in her mini bathroom makeover -- the walls and painted vanity make a HUGE difference:
small bathroom updates
If you're planning to redo a space years from now but you really don't care for it right now, sometimes it's worth it to make some small changes in the meantime. I say if it's cheap and it will make you happy go for it -- you may find the small changes make a bigger impact than you thought they would! 

And finally, I had to share all of Cynthia's small redos because they turned out so well and are relatively simple ways to add a farmhouse feel to a room: 
farmhouse chair redo
Every one of these was a second-hand purchase and she made them look adorable. I love smaller updates like this!

OK, as always, I love seeing what you share here! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this time! If you'd like to be considered for next month's round up, please include a link to TDC or this button in your post:

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Please only link up DIY, home and organization projects. :) Have fun!


  1. Thanks for the feature Sarah, and thank you so much for the great idea to use upper cabinets for built ins! It turned out great and we love it! Have a fabulous monday and thanks for hosting the link party!

  2. Sarah, thank you SO much for featuring my Ikea bar cart. I am so grateful for you and your party. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. LOVE that window seat! I want one too! Thanks for hosting Sarah!

  4. Sarah, I guess your blog name says it all, but I love how supportive you are to those of us who want to DIY, second hand shop, and craft our way to beautiful homes one project at a time. Thank You!! Hope your holidays are happy ones! Cynthia

  5. Thanks for hosting, Sarah!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  6. Thanks so much for the party Sarah! I haven't seen most of the features so I am excited to check them out:). Have a wonderful week. BTW, your kitchen looks awesome!!! Take care, Tara

  7. Love joining in on your party every month, so many great ideas to see! Thanks so much for hosting. Happy Holidays!

  8. Sarah! Thank you so, so much for sharing my window seat! Glad I've found a kindred spirit that loves them as much as I do. :) Big hugs!

  9. Thanks so much Sarah for hosting and featuring my DIY Market sign! Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  10. Thanks so much for hosting this party! I'm excited to look through all of the fun projects this month. :-)

  11. I cant wait to check all of these out!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away


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