May before and after!

May 05, 2014

Hey all! It’s the first Monday of the month and that means it’s party time! Excellent.

It’s the day you all share one of my favorite things in the decor/DIY world – before and afters. I can’t get enough of them. I will kick it off with a few of the awesome projects linked up last month.

Cassie did one of my all time favorite decorating tricks – painting the backs of her bookcases:

painting backs of bookcases

I always love the look (I think it makes everything pop) and her black color is super sexy. I think it just makes all the accessories more dramatic. (You can see my gray blue background on our bookcases here.)

You MUST go check out Tiffany’s new pantry. Must. It is fantastic:

built in pantry with drawers

Drawers people. Brilliant. I want drawers everywhere. (And there’s a little surprise on the sides.)

Bethany’s kitchen has been undergoing a redo and it looks SO good:

blue island I especially love the detail they added to the island and I dig the blue color. (My island is light blue and I still love it.) Her before and after is pretty amazing, check it out here.

Man, I love a bright white kitchen, but I love contrast too. Julie’s black cabinets look so good, and she shares a GREAT, detailed tutorial on tiling your backsplash:

how to tile a backsplash

That choice of tile is perfect with the black cabs and stainless appliances. Love it.

Sometimes the simplest project make the biggest impact. Kammy took a regular rug and turned it up a notch with paint:

painting stripes on rug

What a difference! Stripes make many things better. :)

Jaime’s mudroom underwent a little redo with paint and a few little details:

mudroom makeover

Again, it wasn’t a big reno, but little projects like paint and hooks that make the difference here. Love her door with the window too. You can check it all out here.

Andrea finished off her dining room with new chairs (that are lovely): 

stenciled wall dining room

But it’s that stenciled wall and wood starburst mirror that really stood out to me. Such a beautiful, well done space!

It’s always hard for me to pick just a few projects to highlight! If you’d like to be considered for next month’s round up, be sure to include a link to TDC in your post or add this button:

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

I have the pin it button installed but I ask that you pin from each respective site instead of mine if you want to save these projects.

Now it’s time to see what you’ve been up to lately! I hope to see some outdoor projects creeping in. :) I’m finally starting some of my own! It’s about dang time.

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  1. Hi Sarah, love attending this party each month - thanks for hosting! Hope you had a great weekend and we'll see you again next month :)
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

  2. Thanks for hosting, Sarah! Hope your May is off to a great start!

  3. Thanks for hosting us, Sarah! Have a great week!

  4. Love your features Sarah. Thanks so much for hosting this month.

  5. Amazing features, as always! Thanks so much for hosing, Sarah! I look forward to your party every month!

    - Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

  6. oh my goodness!!!!!!!! thank you so much for featuring my bookcases!!!! i am HONORED! i can't wait to check out this month's links- always a fun party!

  7. Wonderful features...jusr came from visiting a couple! Thanks you for hosting for us.
    Have a lovely week.

  8. Love your B&A party and so happy to see so many friends being featured for their awesome projects!! Happy Monday :)

  9. Thanks so much for featuring the pantry my dad built! I love it and love to show it off :)

  10. Thanks for another fun link up! I so love Cassie's built ins. She is the bookshelf styling queen!

  11. Okay, so those are some seriously awesome features. I have to go check out some of the posts for more photos. Thanks for hosting every month - I get tons of inspiration from the link-ups.

  12. Love the features! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

  13. Great projects! Now I'm seriously thinking about putting drawers in my pantry!

  14. Sarah so nice of you to feature my mudroom! Thank you for including my makeover in the round up, so fun seeing my hard work with all the others!

  15. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a great night.

  16. I always love the party, happy to be at the stage where we actually have some before and afters at our house. :)

  17. We've been renovating our Florida home since we moved in last August. We just finished our living room makeover. I added the button to TDC for my latest post for your consideration. Check it out if you can:

  18. Hi Sarah! I always love your before and after parties! Thanks for hosting! xo, Kathy@The Daily Nest

  19. thank you sarah for hosting us! =) so many great projects here to be inspired by!! =)

  20. Sarah, THANK YOU so much for featuring my kitchen backsplash and your very kind words about it and the tutorial. It is very much appreciated. What a very nice surprise tonight. Thank you. :D

  21. Oh, wow. Sarah, I just saw the shout out on FB. I am honored. Thank you for the sweet words. Big smiles over here. I hope you are having a wonderful week! Thank you. - Julie

  22. Oh Sarah, I was having the worst day ever (okay, so probably not but it was pretty bad...) and this turned my frown upside down. Thanks so much! Our whole house has been such a labor of love, and sometimes it gets downright discouraging and frustrating, not to mention overwhelming. Many thanks for the encouragement! =) Bethany

  23. This is so cool! I'm still a total newbie and this is the very first link party that I've joined! I can't wait to check out the other projects! Thanks! Your blog rocks! :)


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