Before and after DIY projects

June 03, 2013

Hello all and happy summer to you!! First of all, thank you so very much for the lovely comments on my last post! We had a fantastic celebration this weekend and kicked off the new chapter right.

What’s funny is I think my husband may be almost as busy “retired” as he was teaching – he’s got so many projects and organizations he’ll be working with. It’s already started!

This month's before and after shares are amazing, as usual! Rachel’s home was beautiful before but now it’s simply stunning:
painted colonial

I love it! Just lovely. Go here to see more on the transformation and the landscaping!

I have seen a lot of paint swatch art but Fabrizia’s was the coolest so far:
paint chip art

She said it didn’t take long and it makes such an impact! Art is usually so expensive – this is just the opposite!

OH my goodness, I was drooling over Courtney’s bathroom redo:
white marble bathroom

Just…seriously? Awesome. They DIY’d this too! Totally impressed.

Rebecca took a cast off piece of furniture and gave it a FUN color:
yellow cabinet redo

I don’t if I’d be brave enough for yellow but it is perfect in her home! She always rocks it.

I love how Brandi took an older sofa (that is perfectly nice and comfy) and made it look so different with modern pillows:
blue yellow modern pillows

I love EVERY single pillow – what a great combo! She mixed patterns perfectly.

Cindy is pretty much an awesome mom – she helped her kids paint their kitchen cabinets and it turned out SO GOOD!:
two tone gray white cabinets

I am digging the two colors – it is so modern and fresh! Want to come to my house next Cindy??

Kammy created a beautiful room for her daughter – all the details are just lovely:
stenciled floor

That floor is especially amazing, isn’t it?

And the last one, but I could have kept going! I loved the kitchen over at Create Bake Celebrate – especially this armoire and the stone backsplash:
x cabinets in kitchen

I have an obsession with anything x’d lately. Love that cabinet!

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  1. YAY! I'm so excited I finally finished my bathroom makeover. I was looking forward to sharing it on your monthly link up. :)

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my paint swatch art. You made my day! :-)

  3. Love the features, Sarah! Thanks so much for hosting! And...congrats on your hubby's retirement! Having taught for 34 years, I can understand the excitement! :-) Hugs...Debbie

  4. Great, I guess I won't be getting any work done today! :) Too much great inspiration to look at. Thanks as always for hosting!

  5. Sarah, Thanks for hosting again this fabulous party! Have a great week.

  6. Love this party Sarah!!! It's been awhile since I have had something to link up...but I'm back!! :) Thanks for hosting and hoping to meet you at Haven!

  7. Good morning, Sarah! Thank you kindly for including my pillow updates in with your features. Such a sweet surprise to wake up to!

  8. Thanks for hosting another great party, Sarah! Have a great week :)

  9. Thanks for the party! I turn into a slug too- glad to know I'm in good company. ;)

  10. Thanks for hosting, Sarah! Hope your summer is awesome!

  11. Thanks for hosting, Sarah! Have a fantastic day!

  12. Turning into a sloth sounds like a great plan for the summer! Wish I could, but since I still have 2 kids at home and I'm training for another 1/2 marathon, there will be no sloth time in my near future. Enjoy your summer! Thanks so much for hosting!

  13. Thanks for hosting! I guess my room would qualify for a "before and after" party even though it's not completely finished...then again what room ever is?!! Have a great week!

  14. Yea! I love that it is time for this party again!! Can't wait to check out all the features, they look amazing! Thanks for hosting!!

    ((hugs)) Kristin

  15. Sarah, thanks for hosting again.....Love to Party with you....Once again I linked up 4 posts which is all of last month projects...Thanks Christine from Little Brags

  16. You can call me a dork, but I am SO proud of you for taking a sorta break for the summer! It's so hard to do and you probably feel like you're letting your 5 million fans (I'm sure it's more than that, though ;) down, but it's your life and your summer! I hope you have a great one.:)

  17. WOW! So since this party is so awesome that I actually put it on my monthly paper calendar, do you have any idea how exciting is to get featured here?! Thanks, Sarah!!! And congrats on the hubby's retirement. He's a handsome man with kindness that just spill out of his face. :)

  18. First off, I have been a reader of your blog for a while now, Sarah. So to have you feature my master bath has just made my day. Thank you so much!!! Second, congrats on your husband's retirement. Enjoy your summer:)
    ~Courtney @ Golden Boys and Me

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  20. What the what??? I can't believe you included my silly lil' hutch next to all these legit before and afters (I'm looking at you, Miss Cindy ala Cottage Instincts) Hope you have the slothiest, most relaxing summer ever. I've simultaneously vowed to do nothing *and* finish (start?) 2 rooms by the time school starts. It will be no surprise to anyone which option will win out.

  21. Hey thanks for the feature! I keep seeing my kid's kitchen all over the place, and everytime I see it I'm like "that looks cool"...then realize 'doh, I did that'. And I'd love to come to your house any old realize I live in Fort Wayne and come to Carmel/Fishers twice a month. Be careful what you ask for. Just sayin'.

    Soooooo. Great party. I got nothin' this month but a little side table love.

  22. Thanks for the party! Hope you enjoyed that nap. Naps are the best :)

  23. Thanks so much for the party Sarah, I look forward to it every month! Barbara at Chase the Star

  24. Thanks for hosting such a fun party! I'm new to blogging and still trying to figure things out!

  25. Thank you so much for the party Sarah! Enjoy your summer and nap to your heart's content (I will be as much as I can too :)

    xo, Tanya

  26. Thanks so much for hosting!

    Congratulations to your husband on his retirement! I hope he enjoys every minute of his freedom from work. My mom retired from teaching six years ago and says that she has no idea how she ever had enough time to work!

  27. Well, shoot, I'm late to the party- thanks for keeping the lights on for me! :D

  28. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the feature! I'm super honored. :) Take care!

    Rachel from

  29. Thanks for the party, Sarah. I loved all the features!

  30. Thanks for the party! I love looking around at everyone's projects!

  31. Thanks for hosting!!

    Stephanie @


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