Monday, February 4, 2013

February Before and After

Hey hey! It’s that time again – this first Monday of the month ALWAYS sneaks up on me, I always forget to remind you about this party. Dang.

I LOVE looking through all your posts and picking out some to share with the group every month, and yet again you did not disappoint. Let’s see what you’ve been up to…

Pam shared how they made and installed sliding barn doors for their basement family room:

DIY barn doors

Isn’t that awesome? And I’ll take that beautiful stone fireplace too…whenever.

The lovely Roeshel hit it out of the park with this chair makeover:

painted upholstered chair tutorial

First of all, you have to go check out how they started. Secondly, this brave woman PAINTED these chairs – and they look amazing.

Julie shared her kitchen before and afters here:

white kitchen sink window

I love the whole space, but this shot of that beautiful window, the rich wall color and bright cabs is my fave. :)

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I was drawn to so many light and peaceful spaces this month – I always ooh and ahh over them this time of year. Lisa’s room is so serene and pretty, and I love how she updated that metal art above the sofa:

white slipcover

Aren’t they beautiful? You can see how she did it here.

I don’t decorate specifically for winter, but I loved Julie’s “winter” mantel:

winter mantel

She shopped her house and used what she had and it’s so fresh and pretty!

I HAD to include some organization, of course! I was inspired by Lena’s closet makeover. They used what was already there and added on to it to make the space more functional:

closet organization

I like this because they didn’t gut the room, they just made some simple changes. Our closet is such a disaster and I keep putting off making it work better because I feel like I need to start all over. This proves some simple changes will make a big difference.

I was smiling over Jessica’s simple change to her kitchen:

taking doors off cabinets

She took the doors off some cabinets and painted the back a fun, bright color – I LOVE it! And that chalkboard is adorable too. 

And finally, but certainly not least, because I have mud rooms on the brain, I loved Bette’s before and after in her laundry/mud room:

mudroom storage

All of that storage makes a girl just plain GIDDY. Ugh, I LOVE IT.

Now I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to so far in 2013! Please, only link up projects that you have completed, not inspiration posts. And if you’d like to be considered for next month’s round up, please link back in your post. You can copy and paste this code for a quick link:

<div align="center"><a href="" title="TDC Before and After" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="TDC Before and After" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Let’s link it up! If you have some cute Valentine’s ideas, I’d love to see them! :)


  1. Thank you so much for the party, Sarah! As always tons of inspiration, have a great week!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring the barn doors in our basement family room.Thanks for hosting too!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting Sarah!! Hope you had a great weekend!!

  4. Thanks for hosting, Sarah. Have a wonderful week!

  5. Thank you so much for hosting! This is one of my favorite parties, I always look forward to it :)

  6. Thank you so much for hosting, Sarah! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  7. Thanks so much for the link party! It's fun to have the opportunity to share your stuff! I am such a novice and I'm not sure how to even add the link thing to my blog! I'm going to try to figure it out - thanks again!

  8. Thank you so much for featuring the kitchen remodel. I loved all the other features too.

  9. I need some fresh inspiration...excited to look through the links!

  10. Love these parties! Such fantastic inspiration and soooo many great ideas! Thanks for hosting!

  11. Thank you so much for featuring my open kitchen cabinets...I think I actually screamed out loud when I saw! Have a great week!


  12. OMG!! the Thrifty decor chick just featured my mudroom! no way! Little does she know that she was the one that inspired me to get the mudroom done, when she started talking about it. Thanks Sarah!!

  13. Sarah, thank you bunches for hosting grand parties! I have lots of fun seeing other bloggers crazy talented creativity! Time to get inspired! :)

    Have a superb week!


  14. Great highlights (thank you SO much for including my chairs, Sarah!)...great party filled with tons of inspiration!

  15. Thank you so much for hosting - Those are some fab features! Those barn doors are gorgeous and Roeshel really made that whole room over so pretty. Jessica's kitchen makeover turned out so well too and so did that laundery room. I love that built in look!

  16. OMGOSH where to start.. ALL amazing .. I did not join the party . Need to learn how LOL .. Loved everything here ...and that fern creek cottage.. OMGUSH so me its not even funny LOL .. love those doors you featured too .. Just a big ol thank you for showing us blogging sisters all of this fun stuff... Take care and have a blessed week ----Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

  17. Thanks so much for hosting! Love the feature from Fern Creek Cottage!

  18. Thanks so much for the party! I actually have something to link this time!! I linked a home decor item (Pottery Barn Lantern Knock Off) but I thought I'd also link my different version of chocolate covered strawberries. Not necessarily decor related, but it's a project you can eat! ;) Hope you're having a great day! P.S. I want Roeshel's chairs!!

  19. Thank you so much for hosting! Just started the link up parties and I think they are so great! What a beautiful blog and design! Thanks again!

  20. I love the beautiful laundry room mudroom area. I am looking to redo my laundry room, and could sure use a mudroom area! Lauren

  21. Yea! Another month has gone by ... which means another party! Thanks so much for hosting!

  22. Always inspiring, Sarah ~ thanks for sharing!
    xo Heidi

  23. Thanks for hosting, Sarah. I am in LOVE with Jessica's kitchen! Turquoise is my all time favorite color and I'm really loving it right now. It just looks so fresh in the kitchen and Jessica really used it in an unusual way - so pretty!

  24. I love these parties! Thanks for hosting!

  25. Thank you so much for hosting Sarah!

  26. Thank you so much for featuring my room! That was a very pleasant surprise!

  27. Thank you so much for hosting the party for us! I love the projects you featured this time around.

  28. Thanks for the party!

    Jenna @

  29. Hey Hey Lady- I am here..with bells on! :) Thanks for the party- let's get rockin'!

  30. Thanks so much for hosting, Sarah! I always look forward to this fun party!...hugs...Debbie

  31. I really like how the wooden barn doors are used to play on the rustic, country charm of the stone fireplace. The doors combined with the wooden media stand really pull the whole room together. It creates an inviting and warm (pun intended) area with the fireplace as the one of the focal points of the room.


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