August Before and After!

August 12, 2013

I stopped in my tracks when I saw Kristin’s built in bookcase wall, especially since it came from IKEA:

ikea bookcase built ins

They changed it up to look more custom and it certainly worked. I love the chunky trim on the front and of course those fantastic lights!

Jenny helped a friend redo her kitchen (Jenny, want to come to my house??) and took it from builder basic to bright:

painting kitchen cabinets

I especially love the dark walls against the white cabinets. AND that wood table as an island.

I always say if you want to try out bold colors, start with a piece of furniture. Jennifer redid a dresser with a beautiful peacock blue and I love it!: 

peacock blue dresser

She did a lovely job decorating it as well.

Courtenay shared a do-it-yourself, natural weed killer that I am going to try out:

DIY natural weed killer

Seriously…killing weeds may be one of the best before and afters ever, yes? Who knew this would be so easy?

So I’ve been using a picture hanging tip for a while and haven’t blogged about it yet, but Darnetha did for me:

hanging pictures with wire

It’s for those pictures with a string or wire hanger in the back – which are usually the easiest to hang unless you want them in an exact spot. Check out the simple solution on her blog here.

Oh Legos…how I love/hate thee. I’m always looking for fun solutions to corralling the little buggers, and I loved Cheryl’s idea:

hanging lego storage

My boy is sitting next to me as I type and has declared that he wants this. :)

Finally, but certainly not least, I love the look of “wood tile” and Angie shares how to make a frame for a mirror here:

wood tiled mirror frame

It looks so expensive, but you could do this with scrap wood easy!

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Now it’s time to link up again! As always, you can do so for the next week – have fun and enjoy!

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting. I can't wait to check out the projects that you've shared and what people link up this month.

  2. Thank you for hosting !! Have a great week !!

  3. Thanks for hosting!! My oldest 2 boys were wishing for the lego storage as well!!

    Cindy @a mom raising her boys

  4. I love how she customized the Ikea bookcases. Thanks for hosting this great party!

  5. yea! So glad to be able to catch a Before and After party! One of my favorites! What great features..those Ikea bookshelves...oh my! Thanks for hosting Sarah! It was so nice to spend some time with you at Haven. Hope you are all rested up! :)


  6. Finally I'm linking up! It was so nice meeting you at Haven, you are just exactly as I pictured. ~Sonya

  7. thanks for hosting! love the first feature with the builtins.

  8. Yay! Thanks for sharing my DIY weed killer. I agree that it's a pretty exciting before and after, even if it isn't pretty. )

  9. Thank you so much for hosting!

  10. SO excited!! Thanks so much for sharing my Lego Pegboard! What an amazing way to start the week! Have a great day!!

  11. Thanks so much for hosting! I've got to check out some of those wonderful features! Have a great week!

  12. Wow! These features are AMAZING!!! Thanks for hosting! XO, Aimee

  13. Thanks for hosting the Party. have a great week.

  14. Thank you for hosting, Sarah! And it was so nice meeting you at Haven! It's my first time to the party... it's quite the fun round-up! :)

  15. Love the features! My grands would love that Lego bench! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

  16. Thanks for hosting! I am IN LOVE with those Ikea bookshelves-wow! Have a great week!

  17. Thanks for hosting, Sarah! I love that mirror! Hope you have a great week.

  18. Thanks so much for featuring our library wall Sarah :) So many great ideas here! Love Jennifer's dresser too ;) xo Kristin

  19. Wow! Great features! Love the bookshelves, and those lights!
    Thanks so much for hosting!!

    Have a great week!

  20. Thank you so much for the party, Sarah!!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

  21. Those features were so fun! Thanks for hosting! :-)


  22. This is the best "party". Thanks for hosting!

  23. Oh my, what an honor to be included with such great features! Thank you Sarah for featuring my blue dresser. That lego pegboard has my son's name all over it, and I want to just snuggle up next to Kristin's new bookcase wall!

  24. Um I'd just like to inform you that TORI SPELLING has pinned your reading nook. Just let that sit in for a second. I follow her on Pinterest and boom there it was. Maybe that's small potatos already but I thought that was so cool. You have inspired Donna from 90210 to perhaps make a reading nook for her kids - now go and have an amazing day!

  25. Um I'd just like to inform you that TORI SPELLING has pinned your reading nook. Just let that sit in for a second. I follow her on Pinterest and boom there it was. Maybe that's small potatos already but I thought that was so cool. You have inspired Donna from 90210 to perhaps make a reading nook for her kids - now go and have an amazing day!

    1. That is awesome!! Thanks for letting me know, I just thanked her. ;)

  26. Gotta love the title of my link..."Gabby." Oops, ha!

  27. Love the Ikea bookshelves! Thanks for hosting!

  28. Thanks so much for the featuring my friend's kitchen facelift, Sarah! I would LOVE to help you with your kitchen cabinets - I'm working on another set of oak cabinets as we speak! It's so worth the effort! :-)

  29. Hey Sarah! It's been such a busy week, I haven't had a chance to visit with you since Haven. I'm so glad I had a chance to meet you. You are so pleasant and even more beautiful in person! Looking forward to next year. Thanks so much for hosting.

  30. Thank you so much for hosting Sarah!

  31. Sarah, thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful party each month! :)

  32. Thanks so much for hosting, Sarah- I always look forward to your parties. I was thrilled to meet you in person at Haven, one of my highlights. :)

  33. Those built-ins are fabulous! I'd never believe they were from IKEA! Thanks for hosting :)

  34. Holy crow. Those built ins. My wheels are turning like crazy. Which makes my husband crazy. Oh, boy.

  35. Thanks for the partay! Love Kristin's built-ins and that lego table & pegboard are perfect!

  36. I love all of these ideas! They're all so inspiring. Thank you so much for hosting the party!


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